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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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