2021 AMI Online Salon

Futuristic Approaches of Skin Bioprinting

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Su Min Suh
  • Client:Faculty advisor: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Su Min Suh, 2020
  • Medium/software used:Maya, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format:Journal cover
  • Primary Audience:Lay audience

Project Description

Bioprinting, derived from traditional 3D printing technology, is the process of selectively depositing ‘bioink’ (an aqueous mixture of biomaterials, living cells, and growth factor) to create customized skin tissue. These engineered skin grafts show a promising avenue in clinical settings to treat damaged skin or can be used within the lab as human skin models. This magazine cover visualizes a specific bioprinting method called ‘dermo-epidermal substitute’. Dermo-epidermal substitute involves bioprinting a functional stratifying epidermal graft that can be easily operated by surgeons. With this idea, I created a zoomed-in histological section of the skin with the epidermis skin graft being placed on the dermis. The epidermis layer was built with materials such as metal, plastic, and glass to act as a visual metaphor for future possibilities in tissue engineering. Each layer of the skin graft was built to emulate the sub-epidermal layers in a futuristic perspective.