Cosmetics Industry Had Been Evolving with 3D Printing

3D printing was invented in the early 1980s by Chuck Hull, co-founder of 3D Systems, in the spark of inspiration. Chuck Hull created the first-ever 3D printed Stereolithography part and files his patent for Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA). 3D Systems becomes the first 3D printing company in the world.

We should be thankful to Chunk Hull for his first invention that leads to expansion of the 3D printing applications from food, products, mechanical, medical, oil and gas, automation to aerospace and etc.

Do you know that 3D printing has been used in beauty and cosmetic industry too?

Starting off with packaging, now more and more cosmetic manufacturing and companies start applying 3D printing include soaps, mascara brushes, lipstick, face mask, skin care cream, etc.

Sharing with you some of the companies and products that used 3D printing:

1. Kolmar Korea, a global leading contract manufacturer of Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Functional Health Foods, has applied 3D printing to skin care cream. Kolmar Korea has developed a cosmetic composition made from 2 viscous materials inside a transparent container. Various designs such as flowers and fruits is printed by the higher viscosity liquid through a specialized nozzle.

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2. Neutrogena, the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand that offers a wide range of skin and hair care products, introduced their customizable 3D printed face mask, MaskiD. Using photographs from a smartphone to micro 3D print the face mask suited to the consumer’s skin type and desired treatment.

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3. Lush, a UK based handmade cosmetics company, sells natural hair and beauty products. They introduced the 3D printed Bath Bomb in a 3D printer exhibition. The Bath Bomb, made from organic shea and cocoa – the bath melt butter is extruded to make a ball which can be melted in warm water during bathing.

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4. L’Oréal, the number one giant cosmetic group in the world, introduced 3D scanning and printing to produce a lipstick applicator that mirrored the user’s lips and applied on the lip without looking at the mirror. The mold was then filled with lipstick formulation. L’Oréal also 3D printed Human Skin for Cosmetic Testing purpose which empower the company to test on different product without animal or human intervention.

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5. Chanel, famous French company for Fashion & Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrance, Skincare & Makeup, Fine Jewellery & Watches, introduced 3D printed mascara brush. The Volume Révolution mascara brush had filed patent by Chanel in 2007.

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