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Kolmar Korea and Samyoung Machinery develop 3D printed skin care cream

Kolmar Korea, a pharmaceutical original development manufacturer (ODM), has applied 3D printing to skin care cream.

In collaboration with Samyoung Machinery, a manufacturer of 3D printers and locomotive parts, Kolmar Korea has developed a cosmetic composition made from two viscous materials inside a transparent container. The liquid of higher viscosity is 3D printed into various designs (i.e., flowers and fruits) through a specialized nozzle.

“Even if you add two kinds of cosmetics, shape and efficacy can be maintained,” the company stated. 

Kolmar Korea’s 3D printed skin care products. Image via Kolmar Korea.

3D printing skin care cream

Established in 1990, Kolmar Korea has become the largest pharmaceutical ODM in Korea. The company has aided in the formulation development, validation, and scaling of ointments, tablets, soft capsules, and other pharmaceuticals products.

Since 2017, Kolmar Korea has been working with Samyoung Machinery, a company based in the South Chungcheong province of South Korea, to create a novel skin care cream promoting moisturization and an even complexion. As such, the partners began 3D printing a cream type on a high concentration essence – a concentrated formula targeting wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and uneven skin tones.

Additive manufacturing enables the substance to be precisely stacked in the composition with a unique shape and color. This mixture does not degrade the moisturizing qualities of the product.

“It is possible to put two kinds of cosmetics in one container at a time by accumulating creamy cosmetics precisely through a special nozzle in a high-viscous essence. We have secured this stability,” explained Kolmar Korea.

Now,  Kolmar Korea plans to commercialize this skin cream as well as use the 3D printing technology in developing color makeup products such as lipstick and compact power.

Kolmar Korea’s 3D printed skin care products. Image vis Kolmar Korea.
Kolmar Korea’s 3D printed skin care product. Image vis Kolmar Korea.

Additive manufacturing and beauty products 

Additive manufacturing can be seen in both the packaging and the substance of a beauty product. Recently, the notable French fashion brand Chanel has commercialized its entirely 3D printed mascara brush; while Lush is continuing experimentation with using 3D printing to create the designs and molds of its “blue sky” bath products.

Earlier this year, Neutrogena, the American skincare brand of the multinational healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson, introduced its customizable 3D printed face mask. Similar to Kolmar Korea’s skin care cream, this face mask is made from additively manufactured skin care ingredients deposited from a customized nozzle.

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Featured image shows Kolmar Korea’s 3D printed skin care products. Image via Kolmar Korea.