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Farmer Plastics and Machining

SpaceExplorer 3D mouse revs up miniature motorcycle design performance for Farmer Plastics & Machining.

Developer of the ultimate 1/5-scale four-stroke motorcycle uses 3Dconnexion 3D mice for greater comfort and design control in SolidWorks.

Farmer Plastics & Machining, Inc. (FPM) provides invention, product design, prototyping, machining, and short-run production services using plastics and light metal materials. Owner Nolan Farmer started the small machine shop located in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado in 1987, and has done work over the years for IBM and Hewlett Packard. And while short run production and instrument work pays the bills, his passion is motorcycles. But not just any motorcycle.

Farmer’s passion is the FPM R30FS – a fifth-scale, glow fuel-powered, radio-controlled super bike, which according to Farmer, “may be the most sophisticated one on the planet.” Powered by a four-stroke engine, the downsized motorcycle was built from the ground up, which allowed Farmer to include a perimeter frame just like a full-size bike.

Designed in SolidWorks, the FPM R30FS is more than just a cool motorcycle – it’s a tribute to what one designer can do with the combination of powerful 3D design software and ultimate 3D navigation. “Throwing myself into the design of this bike enabled me to put to use everything I‘ve learned over the years. It may not be something I‘ll make any money with any time soon, but it sure is fun and a showcase for my CAD skills.”

In 2008, Farmer’s right arm started to hurt when using his traditional mouse and key board for extended periods of time. Searching for a remedy he discovered the 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer 3D mouse. “When I came across it, I knew it was exactly what I needed. My right arm was going out on me and running the mouse was getting to be excruciating.”

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