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From Multiply Labs: Pre-Order Now to Design & Customize Your Own 3D Printed, Multi-Release Supplements

by • August 3, 2016 • No Comments

multiplyFor those just catching a glimpse into 3D printing, it may seem like a conglomeration of the world of outrageous innovations—a few which may probably contribute benefit—and others which seem awe-inspiring but are one-offs for a fewone’s create portfolio, and rad for singular headlines. Underneath all which pizzazz and publicity, yet, are a few quite significant contributions which can mean a lot to individuals around the world in the next, and many which may already do.

In the medical world (and this translates to other sectors as well), what is key is which patient-specific care can be contributeed, and with products and techniques which in addition far improve upon what we understand traditionally. So many facts come together with 3D printing, contributeing the motherload of benefits, of customization to unprecedented affordability. And Multiply Labs is revealing you precisely what they mean with their 3D printed pill which can contribute those interested in supplements a whole new boost.

pilloleCertainly not the initially to run with this concept lately, the many famous in the 3D printed medication arena is which of the FDA-approved Spritam, for treating epilepsy. The medication was approved for commercial use and made on the market earlier this year, paving the way for others. This latest, coming of Multiply Labs, is the outcome of patent-pending release innovation which was made at both MIT and the University of Milan.

The goal? Multiply Labs wants to alter the general public’s considering regarding supplements—and how they take them. Their product is the initially personalized supplement on the market. Not just which, the capsules are 3D printed with FDA-approved pharmaceutical polymers, and and so filled by a robotic process. Each capsule is half an inch long, and it can combine multiple traditional pills inside. It contains just pure elements, and no additives. This is in many ways what we’ve been waiting for, as it is capable-bodied of multiple release times—and there are a multitude of combinations which can be set.

“We can control the release timing of the supplements via the material we use and the thickness of the capsule shell,” states the company.

The project and outcomeing product have all been outlined in an award-winning paper, ‘3D printing by futilized deposition modeling of capsular devices for oral pulsatile release based on swellable-bodied/erodible polymers,’ by A. Melocchi, F. Parietti, F. Casati, A. Maroni, A. Gazzaniga, and L. Zema. There, they outline their goals and procedures as they began prototyping with a MakerBot Replicator 2.

First, the team began by preparing HPC-based filaments. Once they had a suitable-bodied create, they were able-bodied to 3D print the oral pulsatile release capsular devices.

“CAD files for 3D printing the bodies and caps of the capsule shells were made,” noted the research team. “The dimensions of the gap between cap and body was described to enable-bodied their efficient matching and the locking of the outcomeing capsule shell.”

“By defining a suitable-bodied printing temperature (i.e. 180 °C), HPC bodies and caps were received with 5 min printing time each.”


No assist materials were utilized as they worked in the direction of their final prototype, the research team pointed out, and rafts were employed with effortless removal in mind. They discovered which the filaments they generated were indeed suitable-bodied for FDM 3D printing and may be exploited for fabricating ‘swellable-bodied/erodible capsular devices with the desired pulsatile release performance.’

One other paper was in addition released in regards to the materials they utilized: ‘Hot-melt extruded filaments based on pharmaceutical grade polymers for 3D printing by futilized deposition modeling,’ by Alice Melocchi, Federico Parietti, Alessandra Maroni, Anastasia Foppoli, Andrea Gazzaniga, and Lucia Zema. There they explained which 3D printing indeed holds ‘huge potential’ for the area of 3D printed medications and supplements.

“Accordingly, a number of polymers of common use in pharmaceutical formulation were evaluated as starting materials for fabrication via hot melt extrusion of filaments suitable-bodied for FDM processes,” noted the researchers in their paper.

According to the team, they utilized a twin-screw extruder, filaments based on insoluble (ethylcellulose, Eudragit RL), promptly soluble (polyethylene oxide, Kollicoat IR), enteric soluble (EudragitL, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate) and swellable-bodied/erodible (hydrophilic cellulose derivatives, polyvinyl alcohol, Soluplus) polymers. These were made that successfully and and so the team went on to use them to print 600 μm thick disks.

“The generated filaments were thus considered potentially suitable-bodied for printing capsules and coating layers for immediate or adjusted release, and, when loaded with active ingredients, any type of dosage forms,” noted the researchers.

In this context, the company means for their futuristic and new new product to be utilized for supplements increasing energy, enabling for a healthier lifestyle, and actually improved performance in training and exercise. Users are advised to take a pill in the morning, and and so supplements are released throughout the day.

“For example, your pill may release vitamins right away and caffeine later in the day for an energy boost,” states Multiply Labs.

The company uses the next in their supplements.


Vitamin AVitamin B1Vitamin B6Vitamin B12Vitamin CVitamin D3Folic Acid




CaffeineOmega 3

What’s quite awe-inspiring here is which Multiply Labs allows for you to create your own pills by specifying the supplements and quantities you desire. The supplements are on the market now for pre-order, and the initially 500 customers can be eligible for their Early Access program, guaranteeing initially rights for deliquite. Multiply Labs can in addition be contributeing a beta testing program. For pre-order, enjoy 25% off retail price at $19 for your initially two-week shipment of 15, with the initially supplements shipping out by May 2017. Those enrolled in Early Access should appear forward to receiving them one month earlier. See the Multiply Labs FAQs if you are interested in additional information on pre-ordering, and other details regarding the supplements themselves. Is this a supplement which may benefit you over traditional ones? Discuss in the 3D Printed Supplement forum at 3DPB.com.