3D 4 Health (Wait-list only)

Improve lives by 3D printing futuristic medical devices. 

Current project

The 2021 3D 4 Health VIP team is now full.

You can join the Wait-list in case a position on the team becomes available

VIP Snapshot

Pioneering technologies are changing the face of healthcare. Be part of a team promoting the quality of life for people around the world by harnessing the power of 3D printing and advanced biomaterials.

3D 4 Health

VIP ChallENG research goals

You will design, develop, manufacture and evaluate new medical implants with excellent robustness and multifunctionality using cutting-edge metal/polymer 3D printing. The research includes:

  • Designing new bioactive and multifunctional (e.g., antibacterial) biomaterials to 3D print medical implants
  • Designing and developing lattice structures using finite element analysis based on bio-mechanical topology optimisation
  • Understanding the 3D printing process and post-processing treatments using an advanced in-situ monitoring system
  • Optimising the 3D printing process using machine learning/date predictive modelling to achieve robust printed metal/polymer parts
  • Modifying the surfaces of 3D printed lattice structures to enhance (osseointegration) bone ingrowth/ ongrowth.
  • Characterising the microstructure, bio (in vitro or in vivo) and mechanical properties of your 3D printed parts, then benchmarking them against similar products already available on the market
  • Writing a real-world project management plan/business model for the 3D printing medical devices industry

Research, design or technical ChallENG

This project has the potential to benefit millions of patients worldwide. It will fill a critical knowledge gap in the medical implant field by developing new topology-optimised designs and 3D printing processes to promote bone in-growth.

Desired background

All degrees are welcome however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

 Desired Research areas Desired Skills
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Medical devices (Orthopaedics/Spine)
  • Biomechanics Biomaterials
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Commence

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