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3D Printing (Module)

Module description

Learn about 3D printing. The module will cover the basics of building a small 3D printer and understanding how the printer works. You will also develop insight into the cost effectiveness of 3D printing and its multiple applications in health care. Image segmentation of medical images such as CT and MR scans will be introduced in order to create 3D anatomical models such as a femur or an aorta. The course will also cover the basics of 3D design using the FreeCAD software. You will also learn how to prepare and translate 3D models to 3D prints.

Upon completion of this course you will know how to make your own 3D printer using a tool kit and know how to operate the printer. You will also understand the process to create 3D prints, such as how to segment a medical image to create a 3D anatomical model and how to design a 3D structure using Computer Aided Design software.

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday. An indicative timetable can be found here. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020


Learning Outcomes and Objectives

By the end of the module, you know how to:

  • Build a 3D printer using a tool kit and operate it.
  • Design CAD models using FreeCAD software.
  • Recover and process data from digital resources.
  • Use image segmentation of CT and MR scans to create 3D anatomical structures.
  • Prepare and translate 3D models to 3D prints.

Staff information

Taught by the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine,  King’s College London

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Project work/ printing workshops
  • Tours of departmental laboratories and museums

Module assessment - more information

  • Build of Printer - test objects to access quality (50%)
  • Table display for project work (50%)


Key information

Module code 4ZSS0175

Credit level 4


Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No