Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor David Holmes
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Dr Edmund Pickering
Research Fellow in Biomedical Technologies
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Dr Sean Powell
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (AQF)
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Professor Mia Woodruff
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering

External supervisors

  • Dilpreet Singh, PhD Student


Each year, millions of people suffer from traumatic tissue damage due to cancers, congenital defects or injury. Biofabrication is the rapid 3D printing of replacement tissue and organs that are customised to the specific needs of the patient. This future of manufacturing technology is set to revolutionise regenerative medicine and deliver high quality health outcomes. The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group is a world class multi-disciplinary research team focused on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use.

Based at our state-of-the-art labs at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, aligned with the Centre for Biomedical Technologies, our research has generated new knowledge on tissue-scaffold interaction leading to next generation technology development.

3D printing allows for not only the creation of unique geometries not possible via traditional manufacturing, but also the tailoring of mechanical properties. By engineering the internal structure of 3D printed objects using repeating units of parametric shapes, the mechanical properties can be controlled and optimised (these are referred to as metamaterials). This is of particular interest in medical fields, where 3D printed elastomeric metamaterials have the potential to replace medical cushioning foams.

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Research activities

In this project you will gain exposure to 3D printing, mechanical testing, fatigue testing, design and build activities, and use of Australian standards. Your primary focus will be on mechanical testing, which may require the design and build of a environmental testing apparatus.


Before these metamaterials can be implemented, a detailed understanding of their mechanical behaviour is required. In particular, we are interested in fatigue and environmental degradation characteristics. In this project, you will work closely with out metamaterials team, and both print and mechanically test metamaterial foams. This will include fatigue testing, and may require the construction of a environmental testing apparatus.

Skills and experience

We are seeking high-achieving QUT undergraduate students in medical, mechanical or mechatronics engineering, who have an interest in 3D printing and mechanical testing.

Students are expected to attend the weekly BTM group meetings, Tuesdays 9-10:30am at KG-Q430, as well as subgroup meetings with your immediate supervisory team and collaborators. Students will need to undertake a building induction for KG-Q and lab-specific inductions and equipment training relevant to your project.



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