Improving the Strength of Binder Jetted Pharmaceutical Tablets Through Tailored Polymeric Binders and Powders
Additive Manufacturing (AM) provides a unique opportunity for fabrication of personalized medicine, where each oral dosage could be tailored to satisfy specific needs of each individual patient. Binder jetting, an easily scalable AM technique that is capable of processing the powdered raw material used by tablet manufacturers, is an attractive means for producing individualized pharmaceutical tablets. However, due to the low density of the printed specimens and incompatible binder-powder combination, tablets fabricated by this AM technology suffer from poor strength. The research is introducing an additional composition in the binder jetting powder bed (e.g., powdered sugar) could significantly enhance the compressive strength of the as-fabricated tablets, as compared with those tablets fabricated without the additional powder binding agent. However, no previous research demonstrated comprehensive approaches to enhance the poor performance of the 3D printed tablets. Therefore, the goal of this work is to identify processing techniques for improving the strength of binder jetted tablets, including the use of (i) novel jettable polymeric binders (e.g., 4-arm star polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), DI water, and different i) weight percentage of sorbitol binder) and (ii) introducing an additional powder binding agent into the powder bed (e.g.., different wt% of powdered sugar).