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Open-Source Syringe Pump Library

Gizmodo wrote about a recent paper called Open-Source Syringe Pump Library in PLOS One.  The paper suggests, “Doctors and scientist could simply [3D] print their own tools from an open library of designs.”

The Michigan Tech researchers who wrote the article believe that “a scientist could simply go to an open-source library of tools, select the one he or she needed, and [3D] print it out within a few hours.”

To prove their hypothesis, the researchers performed a test case.  “The team created a whole library of open-source syringe pumps – the devices used to give patients a dose of a medication or fluid – that can be downloaded, customized, and printed by anyone, for just the cost of the materials.  They also hooked the 3D printed pump (created on a RepRap) up to a Raspberry Pi so they could control it remotely.”

One of the researchers, Joshua Pearce, explained: “That way, you can link the syringe pump to the network, sit on a beach in Hawaii and control your lab.  Plenty of people can have access, and you can run multiple experiments at the same time.  Our entire single-pump system costs only $50 and can replace pumps that run between $250 and $2,500.”

”Even greater cost reductions for science, however, can be found with the application of open-source hardware.  The development of open-source hardware has the potential to radically reduce the cost of performing experimental science and put high-quality scientific tools in the hands of everyone from the most prestigious labs to rural clinics in the developing world.”

Photo and Quotes Courtesy of Gizmodo

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