Progressive 3D printing in applied sciences

Professor involved: Dhanalakshmi Vadivel, Daniele Dondi

Course learning outcomes/abstract: Nowadays interest in 3D printing is due to the wide use of different materials, synthetic, bio-derived, natural and/or composites, useful for several applications such as (but not limited to): healthcare, food, biotechnology, bio-medical field of research, tissue engineering, smart drug release, patient-specific anatomical-level productions, smart packaging, functional microstructures, soft robotics, printed electronics and non-linear optics. 3D printing is showing its superiority by precise control, more flexibility, and high speed.
The common techniques used to create scaffolds are mainly stereolithography, two-photon polymerization, selective laser sintering, and extrusion-based printing.
Hydrogels, decellularized matrices, bioceramics, biocompatible polymers, hyaluronic acid and albumin (but not limited to) are used as materials for bioprinting. 3D printing is a promising fabrication method for the multifunctional and multi-material demands of soft robots, as it enables the personalization and customization of the materials and structures.
A fully autonomous soft robot requires an integrated power system to enable continuous motion.
Progress in 3D printing will allow for the direct printing of soft robots with distinct functional components.

Goals:make PhD students aware of 3Dprinting techniques and possibly make them to utilize in their research projects or to contribute to improvement of 3Dprinting technology

Number of hours and planning: 24

Period: january-july (dal 23.01.2024)

Calendar: calendar


Delivery mode and location ( in presence, on line, ecc): In presence and online (depends on need)

Language: english

Evaluation criterial: presenting a a view and sharing the knowledge of learning

Credits (CFU): 6