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.
The advent of 3D printing is changing so many processes and allowing medical professionals so much assistance by way of 3D printed medical models, implants, and more that allow for better diagnosing, treatment, and surgery—as well as healing. Imagine if the concept of 3D printed skin were to become a reality.
So far, we’ve reported on items being 3D printed that are like skin, offering surgeons fantastic opportunity to practice for delicate new procedures, as well as allowing for medical students to better prepare themselves for exercises in suturing and more. We’ve also reported on progressive companies like Organovo and L’Oréal USA Products, Inc., which are also partnering up in the bioprinting arena to work on the 3D printing of skin tissue, with implications that are extremely far-reaching and we could only assume would be meant for products, cosmetics, and more. … (read more)