‘Chemputer’ – A 3D printer that can print pharmaceuticals
Now you need not to go to the distantly located chemist store in the middle of night to get the life-saving pharmaceuticals for your loved ones in case of emergency. Professor Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow along with his team of 45 university researchers is adapting the 3D printing technology to create downloadable pharmaceuticals.
Concept behind making of the 3D printer ‘Chemputer’
Cronin and his team members mainly work on creating complex molecules, with an eye toward developing inorganic life. According to Cronin, these skills can be applied toward turning 3D printers into drug manufacturing plants. Though the idea is still in its initial stages, but a pharmaceutical 3D printer would be loaded with simple molecules that would allow it to easily handle carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, plus vegetable oils, paraffin, and other common ingredients that are required in the making of pharmaceutical drugs.
Advantages of drugs printed by 3D printer ‘Chemputer’
With a ‘Chemputer’ at your home you won’t need to buy drugs, you will just have to download apps. These apps will give you access to the blueprints that will help you get what you need. In other words, the ‘Chemputer’ will create modular drugs that will be manufactured as per the requirements of individuals. In this way the users will get access to drugs that are aligned with their unique biochemistry. Secondly, the user can manufacture any drug anywhere in the world.
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News source: The Guardian