UPM is working towards the personalization of regenerative medicine through 3D printing in the INKplant project
The Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) has around 40,000 enrolled students and is the leading Spanish public university in Engineering, Architecture, Physical Education and Sports Sciences, and Fashion Design. It has consolidated its position in the QS World University Rankings with four of its disciplines among the fifty best in the world, and for the fourth consecutive year, among the one hundred best universities in the world for Engineering and Technology. It is also the first Spanish polytechnic university in employability, according to the QS World University Ranking 2020.
The 18 faculties of UPM participate in practical training that combines teaching and research. Their students are regularly integrated into the 205 research groups to complete their academic training and work on projects together with professors and researchers alike.
Within the mechanical engineering department, the UPM’s Product Development Laboratory has extensive experience in the field of biomedical engineering and has made significant advances in the development of biomedical devices, biomechanics, and biomimetics. Moreover, they have a number of patents in their name and have successfully created designs, prototypes, and commercial devices that have helped enhance scaffolds for tissue engineering, lab-on-a-chip devices, microsystems for cell culture and cell motility studies, active annuloplasty rings, expandable stents, personalized hip prostheses, personalized cardiac prostheses, dental implants with improved features, intelligent catheters, devices for monitoring bruxism, artificial sphincters, tracheostomy devices, glaucoma valves, devices for low-cost point-of-care testing of urinary infections in developing countries, and low-cost microfluidic systems for rapid antibiograms.
The UPM team participating in INKplant has expertise throughout the whole development life-cycle of several personalized solutions, employing both advanced computational modeling and 3D printing technologies, which synergizes with INKplant’s ambition and objectives. Their main role in the project will focus on promoting integrative design for additive manufacturing methodologies and contributing different materials as well as additive manufacturing technologies for the development of multi-material concepts for tissue engineering scaffolds and articular implants.