Oct. 18, 2014 | By Alec

It doesn't really need repeating here, but obviously 3D printing has the potential to lower production costs in just about any industry. While it could still take years before this technology reaches a price/quality ratio to make that possibility a reality, it doesn't hurt to prepare for it.

At least, that's what Andrew Guscott must have thought while working on the concept for his Suture medical device. Andrew is a London-based design engineer with a Bachelor's from Brunel University, London. He recently shared his design for a revolutionary-looking skin fusion device that would make the lives of doctors and patients the world over far easier.

While not at all a working device yet – Andrew listed it as a 'concept device for the year 2030' – his prototype looks both promising and cool. The idea behind his Suture is simple: make the treatment of common injuries as efficient and simple as possible: 'As the ever expanding population puts healthcare organizations under strain, methods of reducing treatment times for common injuries – such as skin wounds or cuts – could become essential.'

And what is Suture? Well, Suture aims to be a professional medical tool that would use High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (or HIFU) technology to quickly heal wounds or cuts, while leaving little or no scarring.

While this sounds futuristic – which suits his 2030 release date – it's not as futuristic as it sounds. HIFU technology has been development for decades now, and can already be used locally in various therapies and even cancer treatment. However, we're still a few years off from seeing this form of treatment being used in hospitals regularly, let alone as a common tool in any doctor's office. Andrew's prototype will therefore remain a prototype for some years to come.

However, this prototype is still very cool; if not for its technology, than for the way it's been constructed. As part of a university project, Andrew printed all different components using a Form1 3D printer from FormLabs – though obviously its insides are empty. All components have been printed using MadeSolid white resin and clear resin. All parts were then either sand-blasted or polished, before being painted.

Now if only this very cool project was a working prototype…

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julia wrote at 10/19/2014 1:17:05 AM:

Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not an additive manufacturing expert!

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