The Nanopump, an insulin-delivery pump, uses MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) technology to allow a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch. Insulin pump therapy, officially called Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion, provides continuous insulin infusion. That’s considered an attractive alternative to individual insulin injections that must be administered several times a day. The MEMS device from Debiotech S.A. of Lausanne, Switzerland, which can be worn as a patch on the skin, uses chips produced by STMicroelectronics. The pump, which will ship next year, is about one quarter the size of pager-sized currently available insulin pumps.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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