In a recent talk at TEDx Midwest, bioprinting expert Benjamin Harrison stated that he believes the day when we see transplantable, full size 3D printed organs isn’t that far off.
Over the course of the last decade Dr. Harrison and his colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have been developing a 3D printer that can print both artificial scaffolds and living cells simultaneously for use in the replacement of ears, noses and even bones.
While that printer represents a major advancement in the state of bioprinting, a second machine in development at the Institute has been used to print skin cells onto burn wounds. Through the use of 3D mapping technology researchers can determine the size and depth of cellular material needed to cover a wound and print a precisely tailored skin graft. … (Read more)