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3D Printing - 5 Day Course plus 3D printer to take home

Beginners 3D printing course designed for students interested in design technology, engineering and coding, or business and marketing students interested in exploiting the commercial applications of 3D printing

BioGrad Laboratories have provided laboratory and clinical training for thousands of students from the below 580 institutions throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia:

The 3D Printing course lasts for 5 consecutive days during school holidays from 9.30am- 4pm to offer intensive clinical and laboratory experience with qualified medics and research scientists.

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Students are taught in small groups of 8-10 under the direct supervision of experienced engineers. Each group will be introduced to the principles of 3D printing before being provided with their own printer and taught how to build the printer themselves. Students then spend a day learning to 3D print simple designs, and progress to designing their own products, eventually improving and upgrading their own 3D printer. After a ‘Fusion Physics’ challenge students are taught to dismantle their 3D printer and are able to take their printer home with them at the end of the course!

The course makes an ideal summer school for year 12 and Year 13 students who wish to build skills in engineering and coding, or entrepreneurial students interested in exploiting the commercial applications of 3D printing.

BioGrad adhere to strong child protection policies therefore dormitory accommodation is only available to students aged 16-19 years old during this course.

Students over the age of 19 years old should attend the graduate 3D printing course.

Course Content


Welcome talks, introduction to Liverpool Science Park and the working laboratories, including health and safety. Students are introduced to the software they will be using for the week.


Principles of 3D printing workshop. Students learn about the mechanics behind 3D printing. In the afternoon, each student is provided with their own 3D printer, they then assemble their printer under the guidance of our experienced engineers.

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Upon completion of 3D printer assembly, students have time to download simple models, 3D print them, then modify their design to improve their function. Students also explore the basics of firmware and printer calibration.


The morning is spent optimizing and upgrading individual parts for the 3D printers. Students are set a ‘Fusion Physics Challenge’ in the afternoon, where they are asked to use CAD software to design and print a useful object.


‘Fusion Physics Challenge’ completion and prize giving. Students are instructed on printer disassembly and pack their printers ready to transport home.

Students are reminded to bring an additional bag or suitcase to transport their 3D printer home at the end of the course.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

BioGrad Clinical Skills Duke of Edinburgh Gold

BioGrad is an Approved Activity Provide for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This course may be used as your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award, which can be signed off by the course leader on the final day.

Please provide your Duke of Edinburgh Award number on your registration form at the time of booking your course.

Students using this course for their GOLD residential must stay for at least 4 nights in dormitory accommodation.

UCAS References

Students who wish to use this course as work experience to support university applications may request a reference to be sent directly to their school/college. These references are signed off by the course leader after obtaining feedback from staff teaching during the course. These references help your teachers to create your UCAS reference.

Please provide the name of your school on your registration form at the time of booking your course.


Students are provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.


We will happily take photographs of students working in the laboratory and clinical centre which often serve as excellent profile pictures for work related social networking (such as LinkedIn).

Students are asked not to take photographs of other attendees or staff without consent. Students under the age of 18 years old must provide the completed photo/video consent form on the first day of the course (sent to all students in their course registration confirmation) if they wish to have photographs taken for use on professional or social media.

Course Leaders

The course is designed and delivered by experienced engineers from the University of Liverpool and CERN. The course provides coding and engineering training to support university applications.

The course is taught with a very low student to tutor ratio (a researcher for every 8-10 students). This also allows students to spend as much time as they need to develop their 3D printing techniques until they are confident. We allow students to make (safe) mistakes and correct their own work so that they learn from their own mistakes and we encourage students to try different approaches to solve problems in the laboratory setting.

Clothing and Equipment

All personal protective equipment is provided during the course. Students are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes (ensuring legs and feet are covered when in the engineering laboratory). We advise layered clothing as it can become warm when wearing a lab coat all day.

Students should bring a notebook for taking notes during the workshops. Computers are provided for the coding workshops on-site however students may wish to bring their own laptop (containing windows 10) so they can download all of the required software onto their own computer and use this software when they return home.


There are no pre-requisites for this course as it is designed for enthusiastic students who have a desire to learn more about 3D printing. BioGrad adhere to strong child protection policies therefore dormitory accommodation is only available to students aged 16-19 years old during this course.


Schools, colleges, universities, distance learning providers and DofE centres can book a bespoke course for groups of 20 – 60 students per week. Full board options are available including evening activities. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.

International groups may take advantage of our collaboration with Liverpool School of English, booking a 2 week course with English tuition, full board home stay, transfers and insurance. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.


Students have an hour for lunch each day. There are many places to purchase food and drink within walking distance of the Science Park, including the City of Liverpool College, Subway, Tesco’s, Costa, The EveryMan theatre and many small sandwich/coffee shops. Students wishing to bring their own food have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines, a pool table and sky TV on-site.

Students who are attending as a residential course can make the most of their evenings by exploring the huge range of restaurants within walking distance of the Art House Hotel.


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Course Payment:

All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.

There are four payment options available:

  • Pay in full at the time of booking
  • Pay in 2 - 25% deposit with the remainder due 28 days before the course commences (only available if booking more than 28 days in advance)
  • Pay in 6 - 6 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 26 weeks in advance)
  • Pay in 12 - 12 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 54 weeks in advance)

There is no charge for early payment, which can be made via PayPal at any time.

Means tested bursaries available for students attending BioGrad Partner Schools. See our bursary page for further information


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