The technology seeker has developed a 3D printing platform specializing in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Using their platform, multiple active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) can be 3D printed within the same tablet, each with its own release profile.
Removal of water-based solvents, or drying, is a critical step in their post fabrication process of 3D printed tablets, in order to achieve tablets with sufficient mechanical strength for daily handling and consistent shape. Current methods of drying involve the use of a humidity chamber maintained at a relative humidity level of <20% overnight, at room temperature and pressure. The technology seeker would like to explore alternative faster methods of drying. However, quick drying processes often involve heat or increase in temperature of the printed tablets, which may degrade the active ingredients within. The company is seeking for technologies that do not result in a substantial increase in the temperature of the tablets nor possible degradation of API in the tablets.
The company is seeking for technologies to remove the water-based solvents quickly within 5 to 10 minutes, without a rise in temperature or pressure to the printed tablets, while achieving uniform drying to the 3D printed tablets. At the same time, the technology should not deform nor affect the physical and chemical properties of the tablets.