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Advanced polymer inks for 3D printing – defining the future of 3D additive manufacturing

Some estimates state that by 2030, 30% of all manufactured goods will be 3D printed.A particular type of 3D printing is 3D laser lithography with which micro- and nano-sized structures can be prepared. Such structures find wide-ranging applications in creating materials with unusual properties. This can include functioning as invisibility cloaks or scaffolds growing and guiding cells.Cutting-edge research is trying to exceed current 3D printing limitations, by developing materials that either:allow for smaller and faster printingare reprogrammable after they have …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Specialised medical 3D printing development

Biofabrication is 3D printing applied to medicine. In the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group, our research involves developing 3D printing technology to enable the fabrication of personalised 3D constructs to repair lost or damaged tissue.We design and build specialised 3D printers and electrospinning machines capable of fabricating customised 3D porous structures out of advanced biomaterials for applications in healthcare, medicine and surgery.Learn more about our research at the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group website …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

Patient specific modelling of the human shoulder joint complex

Modern advanced manufacturing techniques have the potential to revolutionise the patient-specific orthopaedic implant space. Many of the existing orthopaedic joint replacements offer a modular design, allowing surgeons to select the size of each component to suit their patient.However in some joints, for example the shoulder, the conditions that lead to a shoulder replacement (osteoarthritis of the shoulder and rotator cuff tears) also create anatomical anomalies that are challenging to correct with generic implant shapes.The advent of titanium 3D printing provides …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

3D-printed soft robotics to simulate popliteal artery endovascular treatment

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is one of the most frequent cardiovascular diseases, affecting over 200 million people at an annual cost of $21 billion.PAD cases are predominately (80%) located within the popliteal artery, a highly flexible vessel behind the knee joint which twists, extends, and bends during standing, walking, and sitting.As a result, active or sedentary lifestyles play an important role in altering the biomechanics leading to popliteal diseases.Furthermore, surgical treatments within the popliteal artery have been inconsistent, with a …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Multi-microbial 3D printing for screening microbiome functions

The ability to 3D print bacteria has relevance to a wide range of applications, ranging from developing novel anti-microbial modalities to probiotics for promoting human health.Traditional culture techniques used in microbiology such as agar plates and suspension cultures have limited spatio-temporal control over the bacteria microenvironment as well as their interaction partners - in particular, mammalian host cells. This project aims to bridge this technological gap by combining 3D printing and microfluidics technologies to spatially control the localisation of multiple …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

The visible light challenge - using light for 3D patterning of surfaces

The idea of using light as an energy source to make and break chemical bonds has been widely applied for the development of more complex structures in the soft matter materials design and biological sciences.This has been inspired by nature’s way of using light to trigger chemical processes, known as photosynthesis, by green plants.However, to date, the energy required to activate chemical bond formation was mostly extracted from UV light. This is a drawback in developing and applying these reaction …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Characterisation of 3D-printed auxetic materials and composites

Auxetic materials are unconventional materials that show counteractive behaviour through negative Poisson’s ratio. This means they compress laterally under direct compression load and expand/swell laterally under direct tension owing to their special micro-structure.This property enables them to bond with the structural elements and absorb energy released in extreme events such as blast, collisions and impacts. Our 3D printing facility will print these materials and laboratory tests will be conducted to measure their strength, stiffness and other properties for engineering applications. …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Design and manufacture of personalised face filtration respirators using 3D printing

The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption to global supply chains has led to an acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Queensland healthcare workers. In response, a state-wide taskforce was established in March 2020 to investigate alternative supplies of essential PPE such as face filtration respirators (FFRs), typically N95/P2 face masks which are in high demand for frontline healthcare workers treating respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.This project aims to develop novel reusable patient and clinician specific-face …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

3D printing a soft robotic gripper

This research is focused on robotic grasping and agricultural robotics.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Topological control over cell behaviour for robust additive tissue biomanufacturing

Hospital departments are adopting medical imaging, modelling, and 3D printing to automate personalised implant manufacture and avoid malpractice related to surgical handcrafting. Although several 3D printed implants are approved for medical use, their therapeutic value remains limited as acellular devices with coarse resolution. The ability to print scaffold implants with cell microenvironment precision has been achieved using melt electrowriting (MEW), an emerging technique frequently applied to produce cell culture scaffolds.In contemporary MEW studies, the effect of materials or pore sizes …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Reimagining Aged-care Furniture: A cradle to cradle approach through mass customisation

Reimagining Aged-care Furniture: A cradle to cradle approach through mass customisationAdvancements in robotic manufacturing processes present new opportunities for the realisation of aged care furniture, but require research in design and fabrication, end-user input, product lifecycle management and materials research. Addressing IFE’s Centre for a Waste Free World, this project aims to pilot a cradle to cradle approach to reimagine aged care furniture by creating a user-centered design to fabrication workflow in collaboration with industry partners Healthcraft Furniture, UAP, and …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
School
School of Design
Research centre(s)

Design Lab

Multi-microbial 3D printing for screening microbiome functions

The ability to 3D print bacteria has relevance to a wide range of applications, ranging from developing novel anti-microbial modalities to probiotics for promoting human health. Traditional culture techniques used in microbiology such as agar plates and suspension cultures have limited spatio-temporal control over the bacteria microenvironment as well as their interaction partners, in particular, mammalian host cells. This project aims to bridge this technological gap by combining 3D printing and microfluidics technologies to spatially control the localization of multiple …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

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