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23 Apr 2012

3D Printing Technology Could Enable 'Personal Pharmacies'

3D printers could one day be used to produce medicines in a person's own home.

Scottish scientists have developed a new process that could enable drugs to be 'printed' using 3D printing technology.


Researchers at the University of Glasgow have published their latest advance in the journal Nature Chemistry and say it could one day enable people to have personal pharmacies to dispense drugs in their own home.


The researchers wrote: "An attractive, but unexplored, application is to use a 3D printer to initiate chemical reactions by printing the reagents directly into a 3D reactionware matrix."


Chemical reactions are able to take place inside tiny vessels, which have the chemicals required to drive the reactions already built in

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