When bikers want one-of-a-kind cycles with hand-built frames, elements like wiring harnesses must also be customized. Wiring is already a weak point for many bikes, so when Finch Customs is building its unique frames, like the Double Cross featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off,” making sure wiring is not an issue is a key design parameter. Ron Finch and his co-designer, called Screwy, check wires hidden inside the frame using Fluke Corp.’s 88V, which features a beeper to signal continuity. The DMM helps the team understand the impact of using LEDs and incandescent bulbs, which have dramatically different current and resistance levels.
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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