3D textile technology could one day replace the skin, and scientists have developed a new 3D printer that could provide the necessary tools to create clothing that is indistinguishable from human skin.
The 3D printing of clothing is already becoming a reality, and 3D printers that print fabric are already being used in manufacturing for garments that could replace the current standard for clothing that only allows for the skin to be printed, as well as some medical equipment.
But the technology can also be used to print clothing that looks almost like skin.
A group of researchers at MIT have developed the first 3D printed skin to replicate the human face.
The new 3DS printer, called an ocular-fabric-based printing (OBF) system, has a printed material that mimics human skin cells.
The researchers, led by senior author and professor of mechanical engineering, Daniel S. Stromberg, say they were able to create a printer that printed skin that was more than 100 times as strong as human skin without needing the skin be removed from the printer.
Stromberg and his colleagues developed the new 3d printed skin using a 3D scanning technique, which is similar to the scanning of printed materials.
The printer was able to print skin that is more than 500 times stronger than human skin in just two hours.
It was able, they say, to print the skin in a matter of minutes.
To produce the skin print, the researchers used an OBP system that uses an adhesive to attach the material to a layer of polyethylene and polyethylenimine.
The polymer is a very thin, flexible and flexible material that can be easily and cheaply produced, which makes it a suitable material for printing clothing.
“The 3DS scanner is a great tool for the future, but it’s also a really good way to design the next generation of 3D skin printers,” Stromburg said.
“I think it’s going to be a big challenge to make clothes that are 100 times stronger, 100 times thinner, 100 percent less fragile, 100 years from now, than the current printable printing technology.”
The researchers say that while they have demonstrated a successful printing of skin using this new printer, they are still working on the manufacturing and testing processes for the new printed material.
The study was published in the journal Nano Letters.