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Required to be innovative and design oriented, orthopedics is one of the first surgical sub-specialties in medicine that has successfully adapted 3D printing technology and served as a poster child on how a new technology can be creatively used to provide higher level of patient care. Currently, there are four main innovative areas using 3D …

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“It was like magic,” says James Yoo, a researcher at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine who is developing a portable printer to graft skin directly onto burn victims. “Every wound is different; the depth is different; and they’re very irregular,” Yoo says. “By mapping the area, you can determine how many cell layers are needed for the subdermal tissue, as well as the epithelial area. The advantage of the printer is that you can deliver cells more accurately and precisely.”