Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering
Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering
Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf
Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.
Novel 3D printing concept for the fabrication of time-controlled drug delivery systems
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has become a popular technique in many areas. One emerging field is the use of 3D printing for the development of 3D drug delivery systems (DDS) and drug-loaded medical devices. This article describes a novel concept for the fabrication of timecontrolled drug delivery systems based on stereolithography combined with inkjet printing. An inkjet printhead and an UV-LED light source have been integrated into an existing stereolithography system. Inkjet printing is used to selectively incorporate active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) during a stereolithographic 3D printing process. In an initial experimental study, poly (ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) was used as polymer whereas 2-Hydroxy-4´-(2- hydroxyethoxy)-2-methylpropiophenone (Irgacure 2959) and Lithium phenyl-2,4,6-trimethylbenzoylphosphinate (LAP) were used as photoinitiators. Basic structures could be manufactured successfully by the new hybrid 3D printing system.