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Course Description

In this course, we will show you how to build and operate your own 3D bioprinter using open-source technology. This will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of 3D bioprinting, and to address any challenges in bioprinting and 3D tissue engineering you might encounter in your future career.

We will build a direct-ink-writing 3D bioprinter, using a combination of commercially available and 3D printed parts. This printer uses mechanical extrusion to enable the high-resolution 3D printing of a wide range of bioinks. You will learn how to properly operate this bioprinter in air, using commonly used bioinks, as well as more advanced printing techniques, including:

  • Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH)
  • 3D printing cell-laden bioinks for tissue engineering and cellular agriculture
  • Non-planar printing

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here:

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

School of Engineering