January 22, 2013
A 3-D machine that prints skin? How burn care could be revolutionized
Leng’s printer forms its sheet of soft tissue as it works. It can also build up the material – made mostly from living cells – to varying thicknesses, textures and densities. It’s a 3-D tissue printer that could save lives and revolutionize burn care around the world.
The device is still at a prototype stage, with live-animal testing of its output to begin later this year. If successful, Leng’s tissue printer could mark a huge advance in quality of life and survivability for severely burned patients, and dramatically reduce treatment costs. Eventually it could morph into a machine for fabricating internal organs.
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