Handheld 3D Printers Could Help Produce Healthy Skin At Scale
The portability of the instrument makes it easier to implement in any operating room, and at a reduced cost and discomfort to hospitals and patients alike
Researchers at the University of Toronto are using 3D printers to create new strips of healthy skin that may eventually cover wounds and possibly replace the use of skin grafts. Unlike skin grafts, 3D-printed skin can cover wounds completely, which will not only help with the healing process but also prevent infections. In the past, 3D printers have been too bulky for the operating rooms, but this handled machine is small and portable, making it a more practical option.
According to Fast Company, the machine prints a “bio-ink” gel that is made of skin cells, collagen and fibrin, a particular compound that can treat wounds.