Controlling release from 3D printed medical devices using CLIP and drug-loaded liquid resins

Cameron J. Bloomquist, Michael B. Mecham, Mark D. Paradzinsky, Rima Janusziewicz, Samuel B. Warner, J. Christopher Luft, Sue J. Mecham, Andrew Z. Wang, Joseph M. DeSimone

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Mass customization along with the ability to generate designs using medical imaging data makes 3D printing an attractive method for the fabrication of patient-tailored drug and medical devices. Herein we describe the application of Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) as a method to fabricate biocompatible and drug-loaded devices with controlled release properties, using liquid resins containing active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). In this work, we characterize how the release kinetics of a model small molecule, rhodamine B-base (RhB), are affected by device geometry, network crosslink density, and the polymer composition of polycaprolactone- and poly (ethylene glycol)-based networks. To demonstrate the applicability of using API-loaded liquid resins with CLIP, the UV stability was evaluated for a panel of clinically-relevant small molecule drugs. Finally, select formulations were tested for biocompatibility, degradation and encapsulation of docetaxel (DTXL) and dexamethasone-acetate (DexAc). Formulations were shown to be biocompatible over the course of 175 days of in vitro degradation and the clinically-relevant drugs could be encapsulated and released in a controlled fashion. This study reveals the potential of the CLIP manufacturing platform to serve as a method for the fabrication of patient-specific medical and drug-delivery devices for personalized medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
StatePublished - May 28 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Continuous Liquid Interface Production
  • Crosslink density
  • Drug delivery
  • Medical device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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