3-D printed drug 2050 [1c] / F.O.D extending scenario design

Did you think the world would reach to the stage where drugs are printed at home utilising 3D printing technologies? 

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARJORIE BOYET A close up taken on March 12, 2014 at the University Hospital in Dijon, eastern France, shows a 3D printer used for the reproduction of the skull of a patient. Dijon's pioneer surgery service uses a 3D printer to prepare tailored facial implants with greater precision, and to reduce operation lenght. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Well it is 2050 which means everything is accessible in the comfort of ones home. Patients are able to download their own recipes for drugs and print them at home. By the year of 2050 people will no longer be purchasing drugs but will all have a personalised 3D drug printer at home that allows them to have access when in need. The Australian Government provides each family or an individual with a 3D drug printer at first so it is fair and equal among all citizens without being disadvantaged through financial means.

Our Lab A group Future of Design [F.O.D] came up with a prototype called the Health Pack (HP) where the Health Capsule (HP) that contains nutrients and several other qualities that prevent one extreme health issues travels down the belly button through the bio tube which is then sent through the intestines. The Health capsules are created through a layering process using a 3D printer and it dissolves within seconds when taken with liquid. Thus, this is more of a personalised medication for the individual where the patient is treated based on their genetic make up.

The HC is made by 3-D printing layers of the powdered drug, binding the layers of powder together with crystallised metallic balls into a capsule. This in fact is an unique structure that allows it to be dissolved faster. This may be another means of curing disease effectively, however the doctor patient contact is severely impacted upon the creation of this new prototype.


Federal agencies and various companies (run by the government) create innovative prototypes in order to protect and promote public health through the regulation and supervision of advanced medical devices. These prototypes are promoted through surveillance activities and issuance of enforcement letters to the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

It has become a must for all Australian citizens living in 2050 to access this Health Pack (HP)  in order to prevent suffering from severe health problems and due to forceful mother nature.

Throughout the process of creating this prototype there were various obstacles we have went through and we undertook several methods to solve the issue before getting to the final stage. Because we were not medical experts it was quite of a challenge for us to fully comprehend the function of the prototype. We had students from other disciplines such as product design which helped us in terms of visualising the prototype. So extensive research was the only method for us to achieve a successful prototype.

In reference to my grandmother who is a fashion designer in Korea explained to me once that it was often ‘tough’ to achieve success when there were limited access to resources and people to assist throughout the duration of the collection. It was quite true as our group at some stage struggled to interpret the functions of the prototype as it was medical related. However we strived to achieve the best prototype we could and designed it at the base of our understanding through extensive research.

Reference List:

Guta, Michael. ‘Could 3D Printers Manufacture The Drugs Of The Future?’. Small Business Trends. N.p., 2015. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.



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