Syllabus for 3D Printing and Bioprinting in the Life Sciences

3D-printning och bioprintning inom livsvetenskaperna


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 3MC300
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biomedicine A1N, Medical Science A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2018-02-12
  • Established by: The Educational Board of Medicine
  • Revised: 2018-06-29
  • Revised by: The Educational Board of Medicine
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    180 credits including (1) 90 credits in biomedicine, medical science or biology, or (2) 60 credits in biology together with 30 credits in chemistry, technology, or earth science. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Medical Cell Biology

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 stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modelling (FDM)
  • explain the principles of bioprinting (layer-by-layer)
  • 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 introduces the possibilities and opportunities that 3D-printing and bioprinting offers 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 smaller 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.


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


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.

​If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Gibson, I.; Rosen, D.; Stucker, B. Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing

    Springer Science+Business Media New York, 2015

    Available via the Uppsala University Library