Course Identification

3D printing in biomedical research

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Dr. Vyacheslav Kalchenko

Course Schedule and Location

Second Semester
July 3-13,

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Life Sciences: Laboratory; Elective; Regular; 0.50 points
Life Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Track): Laboratory; 0.50 points
Life Sciences (Brain Sciences: Systems, Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience Track): Laboratory; 0.50 points
Life Sciences (Computational and Systems Biology Track): Laboratory; 0.50 points


July 3-7.
3.07.22 14.00 -16.00 Lecture. Introduction. FGS- seminar room 2
4.07.22 14.00 -16.00 Lecture/Seminar. 3D modeling (CAD). FGS seminar room 2
5.07.22 10.00 -16.00 Lab. 3D printing (Practical part in the LAB. Project design and 3D printing)
6.07.22 14:00 -16:00 Lecture. Advanced 3D printing (bioprinting) FGS- seminar room 2
7.07.22 10.00 -16.00 Lab. 3D printing (Practical part in the LAB. Individual projects design and 3D printing).

Individual projects / model printing
10, 11,12 (from 14:00 till 16:00) in the lab

13.07.22 14.00 -16.00 Concluding part. FGS - seminar room 2


Personal computer



Language of Instruction


Registration by


Attendance and participation


Grade Type

Pass / Fail

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type


Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



Welcome to the 3D Printing Revolution. This course will introduce students to the basics of working in a 3D environment, including scanning, editing, and printing 3D objects. Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on lab exercises, students learn the fundamentals of 3D and apply the learned concepts to modify and create 3D models. Special attention will be given to 3D bioprinting and printing labware.

All students will be exposed to the existing 3D printing systems at the Weizmann Institute.

Course Syllabus

Introduction to 3D printing 

  • Additive Manufacturing approach. 3D Printing technology definition and specific terms
  • 3D Printing advantages and limitations
  • Short history of 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing technology steps. Examples


Available 3D printing technologies

  • Type of 3D Printing processes: main characteristics, materials, advantages and limitations, examples
  • STL file format


3D Printing Equipment

  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)
  • Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
  • PolyJet (Digital Anatomy)


Software for 3D modeling and 3D printing (Intro)

  • Overview
    • Autodesk TinkerCAD
    • MeshLab
    • Blender
    • FreeCAD
    • Autodesk Fusion 360
    • Ultimaker CURA
    • IdeaMaker


Software for 3D modeling and 3D printing (Hands-on)

  • TinkerCAD
  • MeshLab
  • Ideamaker



  • The advantages and limitations of 3D modeling software for bioprinting
  •  The 3D printing process (the problem, design, material selection, and object fabrication)
  • Innovative bioprinting research


Individual 3D printing project

  • Preparation of own 3D printing project
  • Printing 3D model
  • Presentation of own project and printed model




Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:


  1. Understand the advantages and limitations of each 3D printing technology
  2. Understand 3D printing process (the problem, design, material selection and object fabrication)
  3. Understand difference between variety of 3D printers and 3D Bioprinters
  4. Create and manipulate simple objects in a 3D environment
  5. Prepare files for 3D printing
  6. 3D print a simple model

Reading List