Woah, heyya buddy! Nice to see you here.willnewton wrote:Swbluto, nice to see a fellow endless-sphere member!
Most of your questions could be answered in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R3mMUsHFvU
I was into ebikes about 3 years ago. It's an industry that has a prime need for 3d printers given all the inventing that it necessitates to solve its most pressing problems. (i.e., things like custom handlebar harnesses for the watt-display known as the Cycle Analyst.) [Honestly, I think it has a greater need for CNC machines, but alas, only one of the members has the financial wherewithal and time available(Retirement) to support that hobby.]
One of the dreams I had for 3d printing is creating an aerodynamic skin that could increase the aerodynamic coefficient of a standard car / vehicle. If I could create such a skin for my recumbent, I could possibly get the equivalent to ~2000-3000 mpg. (It currently only gets the equivalent to 1500mpg. My Honda Insight only gets around 60 mpg, piss-poor. It has the coefficient of drag part down, but it simply has nothing on the former's tiny frontal area in comparison.)