Your skin at the ass is save now and not needed anymore for your face operations, after PrintAlive printer appearance.
PrintAlive is a compact bioprinter, about the size of a hardcover book, that can print synthetic skin much more quickly and affordable than any other competing device on the market.
The makers of bio-printers hope to make an alternative to painful skin grafts and a more accurate way to test prescription medications. Eventually, they want to print 3D organs.
The device is still limited to academic research usage, but by the time it’s ready for a commercial release, PrintAlive will be competing against several incumbents: Organovo, EnvisionTEC, and RegenHu have been working on bringing the rapid prototyping revolution to human flesh for years.
And the U.S. military is aggressively testing its own bioprinting devices for battlefield skin grafts and other regenerative medical applications.
“The write speed of our bioprinter is between 10x to 100x higher than the commercial counterparts,” says Alex Guenther, the University of Toronto professor who oversaw the development of PrintAlive.
Borrowing from the model of desktop printers, those cartridges are going to be the key to how PrintAlive makes money. Guenther thinks that the company will be able to charge between $10,000 and $20,000 for the printer itself (existing options are as much as $250,000) and drive revenue the old-fashioned way: By charging around $150,000 for the cartridges.
There’s still research and development to be done and government regulations to work through, so it’ll probably be a few years before printed human skin grafts are happening for real.