PAINTing a wound-healing ink into cuts with a 3D-printing pen.
Wound healing involves complex biological processes that aim to repair damaged tissues and restore skin integrity. While there have been advancements in wound healing technologies, they mainly involve specialized dressings, topical ointments, and bandages.3D printing has gained significant attention in the medical field, particularly for producing customized medical devices, prosthetics, and even some tissue engineering applications. However, most 3D printing techniques in the medical field focus on creating structures rather than directly healing wounds.
Using a 3D-printing pen to apply a wound-healing ink has several challenges, such as Biocompatibility; it should not cause any adverse reactions or harm to the body when applied to a wound. It should also facilitate the wound-healing process. Controlled Delivery The pen must precisely apply the ink to the wound, ensuring it reaches the desired location and depth. The surrounding area should be kept as sterile as possible to prevent infection. Regulatory Approval This new medical device or wound-healing technique would likely require rigorous testing, clinical trials, and regulatory approval to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
By American Chemical Society. June 1, 2023.