Additive Manufacturing of Solid Products for Oral Drug Delivery Using Binder Jetting Three-Dimensional Printing

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Binder jetting (BJ) three-dimensional (3D) printing is becoming an established additive manufacturing technology for manufacturing of solid products for oral drug delivery. Similar to traditional solutions based on compaction of powder mixture, successful processing of BJ products requires control of bulk powder properties. In contrast to traditional compaction-based process, BJ 3D printing allows for flexible modifications on microstructure, material composition and dose in the printed pharmaceutical products. Currently, systematic strategies for selecting excipients and optimizing the printing process have not been fully established. To address this challenge, a summary of the published work and selected patent literature around BJ 3D printing to fabricate pharmaceutical solid products for oral administration purposes is presented. First, an overview of characteristics of printed products as a part of the product design and a description of the commonly used excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredients is given. The critical powder and ink properties, as well as physical geometries and inner structures of a final product, are discussed in term of the mechanisms that determine the formation of a printed solid product and finally the quality of this product. This review is also summarizing the technical features of printers, printheads, and the critical considerations for post-processing procedures. BJ 3D printing is one of the most promising additive manufacturing technologies for mass customization of pharmaceutical products. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number196
JournalAAPS PharmSciTech
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The PhD project of Y.W. is fully sponsored by Mille International ApS, Hellerup, Denmark.

    Research areas

  • 3D printing, binder jetting, drug delivery, oral solid product

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