A special mini printer can heal a serious burn for a couple of minutes, patching it with biomaterial.
Canadian physicians have introduced an ultra-fast 3D printer designed to restore human skin. The peculiarity of the device lies in the fact that it can restore the skin in minutes, says Engadget.
The device, developed by employees of the University of Toronto, is called U of T bioprinter. It has compact dimensions and allows you to heal burns in minutes. The biomaterial is loaded into the printer, which is converted into artificial skin flaps, which can be applied to the affected parts of the body. Over time, such a skin adapts and will tighten wounds. Specialists specify that doctors with the U of T bioprinter printer will no longer need skin donors.
According to the graduate student and project participant Navid Hakimi, the printer can be adjusted to different degrees of burns. The team has already successfully tested the device, applying it to experimental pigs. In the future, scientists hope to test the device on people and to ensure that the device can produce wider patches of artificial leather.