We’re all created unique, and soon our 3D printed skin grafts will reflect that.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool, U.K. are taking the first step toward individualized, natural looking 3D printed skin. It’s a daunting undertaking, since each person’s skin has a unique smattering of freckles, wrinkles and veins coursing through it. But the project’s leader, Dr. Sophie Wuerger, has high hopes.
Dr. Wuerger and her group are working on a system which will tailor-print skin to match individual patients. To do this, the team is first developing a 3D scanning camera which will construct 3D images of a patient’s skin in varying light levels. The data from these scans will then be used to print patient-specific skin grafts.