3D printing and bioprinting in the life sciences (5 credits), 5 hp

Course number42
Max participants8
Application deadline2022-08-25
Course leaderOlle Eriksson, Johan Kreuger, Adam Engberg
DepartmentDept of Medical Cell Biology
Visiting addressBMC, B3:2
Post addressHusargatan 3, Box 571
DatesOct 10 to Dec 18, 2022
Course length10 weeks 33%; late afternoon/evenings (16-18)
Course reportCourse report 
Course planCourse plan 



The course introduces the possibilities and opportunities that 3D-printing and bioprinting offer researchers and innovators within medicine, biology and biochemistry. The course starts with lectures about 3D-printing and bioprinting, followed by mandatory workshops on 3D-modeling and practical 3D-printing, together with the execution of a small supervised individual project relevant to a research application within medicine, biology or biochemistry. The project work processes as well as results are documented in an individual report.

Learning outcomes

The course will give the student knowledge in 3D-printing and bioprinting, and introduce related applications in medicine, biology and biochemistry. After the course, the student should be able to:

- explain the principles of stereolitography (SLA) and fused deposition modelling (FDM)

- explain the principles of bioprinting

- describe different applications for 3D-printing and bioprinting in the life sciences

- describe the process going from an idea to a final 3D-printed object

- create a project description for a small 3D-printing project, and to plan and carry out the project

- create a basic 3D-model with the help of 3D-CAD

- carry out 3D-printing of a 3D model

- critically evaluate and analyse objects created by 3D-printing for use within the life sciences


The course is given as mandatory theoretical assignments, workshops and practical assignments, complemented with lectures. The course is given in English.


In order to be eligible for the course, you need to be admitted to postgraduate studies. If there are more applicants than places on the course, the selection is made on the date of application.


To pass the course, all the mandatory parts need to be passed: individual practical assignments, oral presentations including discussions, together with an individual project report that describes theory, method and results of the individual project carried out within the course. 42


Gibson, I.; Rosen, D.; Stucker, B.
Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing
New York, Springer Science+Business Media, 2015
Compulsory (available via the Uppsala University Library)

Teaching staff

Johan Kreuger, Olle Eriksson, Adam Engberg, and invited speakers from academia and industry.

More information

Olle Eriksson

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