Handheld Additive 3D printer can print skin onto people

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A handheld 3D skin printer was developed by Researchers at the University of Toronto that can apply layers of skin tissue directly onto patients to cover and heal wounds. According to the researchers, the printer is an alternative to a conventional skin graft, but doesn’t require healthy skin to be removed from a donor and grafted on to a patient.

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Liz Do/University of Toronto

 Instead, the device fits in your hand and can be used like a white-out tape dispenser, rolling out “bio ink” skin tissue directly on the affected areas. It weighs less than two pounds.

Researchers believe it’s the first device that can form skin directly on top of a wound, in two minutes or less.

Human skin may be the next canvas for Additive Manufacturing. At the University of Minnesota, researchers have also used 3D printers to place electronics directly on to people’s skin, and other prototype skin printers already exist.

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CNET Magazine Gordon Gottsegen  May 4th, Sci-Tech2018, This handheld 3D printer can print skin onto people visited on May 5th, 2018;

University of Toronto logo https://www.cnet.com/news/3d-skin-printer-university-of-toronto/ visited on May 5th, 2018;

(Lab on a Chip via New Atlas)

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