3D Printed Skin: New Zealand Designer Streamlines Medical Training in Sutures

Medical education and clinical experience can only be obtained through learning and doing, so it has to start somewhere. We just hope it’s as painless for the patients as possible. This issue can be enormous in developing countries where medical care is scarce and often first- and second-year medical students are thrown into medical care and procedures with a startling lack of practice, due to emergency and necessity.

As 3D printing breaks one boundary after another in medicine, not only are patients being given the enormous advantage of a better quality of life with many breakthroughs, but doctors and those in the medical profession are being given tools that make their quality of life easier too, in having better technology and more advanced aids for efficiency, precision and most importantly to begin with — training.

Hamish McIntosh is an industrial designer looking into solving the problem behind these medical training issues, and in a creation that almost borders on virtual reality, he is responsible for creating 3D printed skin. As part of a research project focused on producing artificial anatomy, the 3D printed epidermis is meant to simulate human skin in that it has the same flexibility and texture. This invention may prove to be a real treasure for the practicing of sutures. … (read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com