Additive Manufacturing refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. Additive Manufacturing builds up components layer by layer using materials from a variety of sources including powders (selective laser sintering; SLS), liquid monomers (stereolithography; SLA) and polymeric filaments (fused deposition modelling; FDM). With the advent of personalised medicine, there is a growing customer need for customised implants. Currently, grommets and hearing aids are produced by 3D printing.
CustomRegen builds on advances in the areas of enhanced bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs, filament production and 3D printing. CustomRegen aims to produce patient specific implants in terms of both implant design and drug loading/controlled release for the treatment of a variety of diseases.
Customised filaments will be produced utilising a bespoke FDM filament extrusion system for the production of filament to be utilised in FDM printers. Parts can be produced with a resolution of 10 microns with complete freedom of manufacture.
Enhanced bioavailability and controlled release of poorly soluble class II drugs
Customised filament production in terms of biodegradation and mechanical properties.
Complete freedom of manufacture with a printing resolution of 10 microns.
Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Declan Devine