This is cool. I wonder if it can be used not just for replacement parts but for extra parts? Imagine a fashion where people can grow additional skin and body parts in various forms as a fashion statement.
Scientists are developing 3D “bioprinters” that will be able to print out skin, cartilage, bone, and other body parts.
Professor James Yoo, from the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University is developing a system that will allow them to print skin directly onto burn wounds. The bioprinter has a built-in laser scanner that scans the wound and determines its depth and area. The scan is converted into three-dimensional digital images that enable the device to calculate how many layers of skin cells need to be printed on the wound to restore it to its original configuration.