Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers

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Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers

University of Toronto researchers have developed a handheld 3D skin printer that deposits even layers of skin tissue to cover and heal deep wounds. The team believes it to be the first device that forms tissue in situ, depositing and setting in place, within two minutes or less.

The research, led by PhD student Navid Hakimi under the supervision of Associate Professor Axel Guenther of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and in collaboration with Dr. Marc Jeschke, director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital and professor of immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, was recently published in the journal Lab on a Chip.

For patients with deep skin wounds, all three skin layers – the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis – may be heavily damaged. The current preferred treatment is called split-thickness skin grafting, where healthy donor skin is grafted onto the surface epidermis and part of the underlying dermis. Continue reading “Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers”

Léa Pourchet, Université de Lyon, Presents: “Skin equivalent through bioprinting”

The main goal of this work was to print living cells with an open-source printer, part of the new logic of personalized regenerative medicine.

The presented study provides skin equivalent 3D printing proof of concept with strong indicators such as viable cells integration and generation of a 3D network of neo-secretion ECM (Extra-Cellular Matrix), making the printed skin equivalents as close as possible to the real human skin. Continue reading “Léa Pourchet, Université de Lyon, Presents: “Skin equivalent through bioprinting””

Design Student Creates 3D Skin Printer Concept to Alleviate Burns & Skin Disease

Many of us completely take our skin for granted, punishing it under the glare of the sun, caking it with makeup, and subjecting it to a wide array of materials and chemicals, generally without a thought. For some though, skin disease and trauma make life itchy, embarrassing, and devastatingly painful–and they can be potentially life threatening. Continue reading “Design Student Creates 3D Skin Printer Concept to Alleviate Burns & Skin Disease”