Bioprinting technology has been rapidly increasing in popularity in the field of tissue engineering. Potential applications include tissue or organ regeneration, creation of biometric multi-layered skin tissue, and burn wound treatment [1].

Recent work has shown that living cells can be successfully applied using inkjet heads without damaging the cells [2]. Electrostatically driven inkjet systems have the benefit of not generating significant heat and therefore do not damage the cell structure. Inkjets have the additional benefit of depositing small droplets with micrometer resolution and therefore can be used to build up tissue like structures.

Previous attempts at tracking and drawing on a hand include either direct contact with the hand [3] or tracking the hand only in two degrees of freedom [4]. In this work we present an approach to track a hand with three degrees of freedom and accurately apply a substance contact free to the hand in a desired pattern using a bioprinting compatible inkjet. The third degree of freedom, in this case depth from the hand surface, provides improved control over the distance between the inkjet head and object, thus increasing deposition accuracy.

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