Vat Photopolymerisation Additive Manufacturing for Pharmaceutical Applications

Atheer Awad, Xiaoyan Xu, Jun Jie Ong, Alvaro Goyanes, Abdul W. Basit

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Vat photopolymerisation three-dimensional (3D) printing is redefining manufacturing paradigms within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Marked by its superb printing resolution and speed, this technology provides an advanced method for engineering patient-centred drug products and devices. In the future, it is foreseen that the combination of 3D printing with other digital health technologies could in fact give rise to a new healthcare model, involving transitioning from current treatment pathways towards personalised digital therapies. This chapter outlines the various vat photopolymerisation techniques, illustrating their unique applications for the fabrication of medicines and drug-laden devices. This is followed by a brief overview of the challenges and drawbacks associated with this printing system in context of its use within healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNano- and Microfabrication Techniques in Drug Delivery
EditorsDimitrios Lamprou
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameAdvanced Clinical Pharmacy - Research, Development and Practical Applications


  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital light processing (DLP)
  • Continuous liquid interface production (CLIP)
  • Two-photon polymerisation (2PP)
  • Volumetric printing
  • Digital medicine production
  • Custom-made therapeutics and precision medicine
  • 3D printed formulations and systems
  • On-demand dispensing and drug manufacturing
  • Customised dosage forms and drug-loaded medical devices


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