3D printing of pharmaceuticals and drug delivery devices

Essy Mathew, Giulia Pitzanti, Eneko Larrañeta, Dimitrios Lamprou

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As process of 3D printing was patented in 1986 the research in the field of 3DP did not become popular until the last decade. However, there has been increasing research into the areas of 3DP for medical applications for fabricating prosthetics, bio-printing and pharmaceutics. This novel method allows manufacture of dosage forms on demand, with modifications in the geometry and size resulting in changes to release and dosage behaviour of the product. 3DP will allow wider adoption of personalised medicine due to the diversity and simplicity to change the design and dosage of the products, allowing the devices to be designed specific to the individual with the ability to alternate the drugs added to the product. Personalisation also has the potential to decrease the common side effects associated with generic dosage forms. This special issue outlines the current innovative research surrounding the topic of 3DP focusing on bioprinting and various types of 3DP on applications for drug delivery as well advantages and future directions in this field of research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number266
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2020


  • 3D Printing
  • Bioprinting
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Drug Delivery
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Pharmaceutics


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