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.
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