3-D Printing Living Skin is Now a Thing

The mobile device enables treatment of severe wounds at the site of the incident.

A couple weeks ago, we discussed 3-D printed bone that is applied from a handheld device directly to a patient’s body. In the same vein, a recent article from The Hack Posts reported on a new method of 3-D printing living skin. The main selling point though is the system’s mobility, which enables doctors to provide on-site treatment to severe wounds.

The device, developed at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, contains the affected person’s person cells (dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes) combined with a hydrogel. It then prints bi-layered pores and skin to the affected area, mimicking pores and skin’s natural healing properties. 

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