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    3D printing technology brings convenience to cosmetic industry
    03.18.2021 | Cherry Chen | News

    In the cosmetics industry, 3D printing technology plays an increasingly important role. 3D printing technology provides personalized and customized solutions for the cosmetics industry. Today, we will discuss the innovation of 3D printing technology in the cosmetics industry.

    3D Printing in Cosmetics Industry

    The manufacture of household daily life containers seems very simple, but the production process of most daily necessities is inseparable from the complex mold process. When making plastics, first the liquid is poured into the mold cavity, then the mold is removed after drying and transformed into a new plastic design. Common plastic bottles, soap distributors, medicine bottles and most cosmetic containers are produced by the release agent method.


    At present, 3D printing will not completely replace injection molding. In many cases, the manufacturer combines the two approaches. For example, 3D printing is preferred for prototyping because it is cheap and easy to transport. On the other hand, injection moulding can be mass produced, which is undoubtedly an ideal choice for a large number of people.

    Nevertheless, experts still believe that 3D printing can have a significant impact on the cosmetics industry. 3D printing technology can design complex shapes more easily without dies. Many cosmetics manufacturers have begun to use 3D printing technology to create easy appearance and structure design. This technology is having a significant impact on many industries, including cosmetics industry.

    Customized cosmetic methods

    In 2014, the first portable 3D makeup printer came out. Consumers could choose to replace plastic boxes with cosmetics printed on a thin sheet of paper. Consumers use the Mink application to select a photo and print the entire image or a specific color.

    Within 15 seconds, you can customize the full palette of up to 16 million 700 thousand tones, including eye shadow, blush, brow powder and so on. Grace Choi, the printer's inventor, said lipstick, lip gloss and nail polish will soon be available.

    New mascara brush

    Chanel decided to use 3D printing in its mascara brush. The brand claims that they can print microcavities directly into brush brushes to achieve smooth and uniform smear without caking. The new brush design also avoids the need for re-brushing. The product has been put on the market and sold worldwide.


    Since Revlon introduced the classical design of pipe brush and spiral brush in the early 1900s, this is one of the revolutionary changes. The new mascara, called "Le Volume Revolution", will undoubtedly have an impact on the market. Will other manufacturers follow in the footsteps of the brand? We'll wait and see!

    Creation of Human Skin

    A Shanghai cosmetics brand will take developing cosmetics suitable for Asian women as its mission, thus subverting the whole industry. Scientists have successfully created printed skin with dermis, epidermis and basement membrane using skin models and bio-ink technology.


    Many people believe that this breakthrough may lead to fewer animal trials in the cosmetics industry. In addition, 3D printing biopsy can help cosmetic brands invest more in research and development of customized products.

    Advanced Skin Care Procedure

    Masks that promote skin health are very popular. At CES 2019, Neutrogena showed off their new 3D printer product, MaskiD. Each mask is carefully designed to fit each wearer's face and has ingredients suitable for specific skin problems, such as acne or dryness.

    This technology can be used in conjunction with smartphones and MaskiD applications. Connect to Skin 360 device, which scans pore size and skin moisture content and then provides advice. Without Skin 360, you will be asked to fill in the questionnaire and take self-portraits. After that, print the 3D mask to suit your unique needs.

    3D printers have had an impact on the cosmetics industry. Many brands are seeing new technologies as a way to create innovative designs and provide personalization. Some brands have made leaps, but will others follow suit? Only time will tell.