Day 1: 3D (bio)printing technologies, from segmentation to G-code

  • Introduction to the course, presentation of the program and of the students who will illustrate their projects, the pros and cons related to the field of bioprinting
  • General overview on 3D bioprinting
  • Fundamentals of 3D printing starting from the segmentation to the G-code (theoretical and practical session)

Day 2: Bio-ink formulation and printability, Mechanical testing

  • Development phases of bio-ink to be used in the bioprinting field starting from the availability of materials, up to the choice of materials based on the application
  • Printability evaluation of selected bio-ink (theoretical and practical session)
  • Mechanical testing of bio-ink and printed structures (theoretical and practical session)

Day 3: Cells and read-out

  • Design and development of an in vitro cellular model using mainly bioprinting techniques, starting from the generation of a cellular environment as close as possible to the physiological one (printing different types of cells) to laboratory measurements during cell cultures (theoretical and practical sessions)
  • Read out: imaging techniques of biological structures within the bio-ink

Day 4: Computational modelling

  • Computational modeling to stimulate to stimulate (bio)printing process and to predict the mechanical response of (bio)printed structures (theoretical and practical session)

Day 5: Scientific workshop 

  • “Bioengineering for the biofabrication” is the theme of the scientific workshop; during the day students will present their research project.
  • The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.