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3D Printers Could Be Used To Produce DIY Pharmaceuticals At Home

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have carried out a process for “printing” pharmaceutical compounds from numerous feedstocks, which could eventually allow people to produce their own medicines at home. Using a commercially-available 3D printer operated by computer-aided design software, the team has built what they call “reactionware,” tiny vessels in which chemical reactions can take place, but these vessels already have the chemicals that drive the reactions already built in. While this technique is common in large-scale chemical engineering, the development of reactionware makes it possible for the first time for custom vessels to be fabricated on a laboratory scale. The process has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in the developing world by allowing more efficient and economical access to treatments.

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