Binder Jet Printing in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Sarah J. TrenfieldEmail author
  • Christine M. Madla
  • Abdul W. Basit
  • Simon Gaisford
Part of the AAPS Advances in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Series book series (AAPS, volume 31)


Binder jet printing is arguably the most successful three-dimensional printing (3DP) technology in the pharmaceutical industry to date. In 2015, the binder jet process was adapted as an alternative mass manufacturing technique to enable the production of Spritam® (the first 3D printed tablet) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Binder jet printing is expected to continue making a widespread impact to formulation manufacture over the next decade. In particular, binder jet printing offers benefits of producing oral dosage forms with unique release characteristics ranging from fast-dissolving through to controlled-release platforms. This chapter aims to discuss the history and methodology of binder jet printing, pharmaceutical and medical applications, considerations for formulations development and advantages and disadvantages of such processes in the pharmaceutical space.


3D printing Additive manufacturing Printing medicines Personalized medications Drug delivery systems Digital healthcare 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah J. Trenfield
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christine M. Madla
    • 1
  • Abdul W. Basit
    • 1
    • 2
  • Simon Gaisford
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of PharmacyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.FabRx Ltd.AshfordUK

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