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How 3D printing technology is affecting the pharmaceutical industry

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3-D printing is an exciting new technology that promises to revolutionize the medical device industry.

To date, a wide variety of products, including polymer organ models, custom-fit prosthetics and synthetic tissue scaffolds have been designed, developed and manufactured using three-dimensional printing technology.

Experts believe the next big industry to be revolutionized by the 3-D printer is the pharmaceutical industry.

In the wake of the FDA’s first approved 3-D printed drug – which happened earlier this year – and the promise of three others in the works, experts are predicting that the future of the pharmaceutical industry lies in the development of printable drug products.

History of 3-D Printing and How 3-D Printers Work.Charles W. Hull is a name you might not be familiar with, but he is the man behind the world’s first patented 3-D printer.

Hull went on to found 3-D Systems, which remains the world’s second-largest manufacturer of 3-D printers, next to Stratasys.

3-D printers boast rapid prototyping technology, which means concepts are able to be quickly and efficiently turned into three-dimensional models, allowing for optimization of computer-generated designs.

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Article originally posted at www.openbiomedical.org

Post Author: Carla Parsons

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