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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter November 26, 2020

DLP 3D printing of Dexamethasoneincorporated PEGDA-based photopolymers: compressive properties and drug release

  • Robert Mau EMAIL logo , Thomas Reske , Thomas Eickner , Niels Grabow and Hermann Seitz


Photopolymerizing, high-resolution 3D printing methods such as Stereolithography (SLA) or Digital Light Processing (DLP) are very promising for the manufacturing of drug-incorporated, patient specific implants. However, a drug-load may be limited by adequately solubility of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in the photopolymer. Furthermore, a drug-load may affect the mechanical properties of the material negatively. Here, we investigate the DLP 3D printing of drugincorporated photopolymers. Polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA, Mn = 700 g/mol) is used as matrix polymer and Dexamethasone (DEX) is used for drug-loading (10 g/L and 20 g/L). Compressive properties, drug release and drug stability of 3D printed test samples were analyzed. DEX was found to be sparingly soluble in the PEGDA-based photopolymer. Not all drug particles can be dissolved at a concentration of 20 g/L and a slurry-like suspension is formed. Drug-incorporated photopolymers of 10 g/L (solution) and 20 g/L (suspension) were processed successfully via DLP. The higher the drug-load, the lower the compressive strength. Mechanical properties can be improved via a post-curing in a UV light curing box. Drug-incorporated 3D printed test samples show burst-release of DEX. The post-curing process does not affect drug release. DEX degrades in 3D-printed test samples significantly (~ 30 %) over a several days time period.

Published Online: 2020-11-26
Published in Print: 2020-09-01

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