Thanks to constantly evolving developments in the world of additive manufacturing, one-size-fits-all bandages have the potential to be phased out and replaced by highly personalized 3D-printed bandages.
Researchers from the bio-engineering department at Philadelphia's Temple University have developed a new method of making 3D-printed bandages with a custom 3D printer. Unlike the protective strips of materials that are sold in pharmacies, which can be awkward to apply to some injuries, the flexible, lightweight 3D-printed bandages can be printed directly onto a patient's skin for a perfectly natural fit. As such, these solutions are not only comfortable but speed up the healing process.
As part of its work, the research team has also developed a handheld version of the custom-built 3D printer that has the potential to be available for commercial applications in the future.