Printing Pills

  • Category Material JettingProcess Development
  • Equipment Used
    • Pixdro LP50
    • ImageXpert Dropwatcher
    • Cleanroom

This project aims to build confidence in the potential opportunities for ink jet technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

Additive Manufacturing offers the pharmaceutical industry significant opportunities to create novel products with unique benefits for patients. However, there is a major challenge in demonstrating the viability and scalability of using ink jet printheads. This project aims to overcome these challenges and build confidence in the potential opportunities for ink jet technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

Of the various AM technologies that have been investigated in academic environments, inkjet processes offer the most opportunity of scaling to mass production. However, the research that has been undertaken in this area to date remains at TRL2-4; there is a major challenge in demonstrating the viability and scalability of using ink jet printheads for the mass production of pharmaceutical products. Until this feasibility is demonstrated, pharmaceutical companies will not have sufficient confidence to invest further in this technology and commercialisation is unlikely to occur.

Inkjet technologies are capable of operating under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions.

This project will show that inkjet technologies are capable of operating under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions, as specified by a major pharmaceutical company. A medicine-loaded ink will be printed under manufacturing conditions to assess the failure modes; through this, the project will determine if AM technology could be technically and commercially viable in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The project will publicly publish data to support these findings, with the aim of building confidence and awareness within the pharmaceutical industry.

Who we've worked with

Team involved in research

  • Ricky Wildman

    Founder and Director

    Ricky’s 20 years in particle and fluid mechanics gives insight into the basic workings of 3D Printing technology.

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  • Qifeng Qian

    Material Jetting Research Engineer

    Qifeng also has a background in materials processing and characterisation.

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  • Craig Sturgess

    JPT Research Manager

    As Jetting and Polymer Technologies Manager, Craig leads a team of experts in this area.

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“Printed pharmaceuticals represents a huge opportunity for healthcare and it’s great that Added Scientific can play a leading role in commercialising this”.

Ricky Wildman

Founder and Director