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Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!

Xenith

Xenith represents the marriage between art and functionality. With its sleek design and 98% efficient motor, Xenith represents how solar technology may be more integrated into our lives. This project works to examine the feasibility of solar technology as an option to reduce fossil fuel dependence. By building a race car, its creators are able to look at how the sun’s light can be harnessed to create powerful, fast and efficient vehicles in the future.

Through Xenith, Stanford students with a broad range of experiences were able to come together build an energy-efficient car. Xenith’s drive train comprises a single hub motor in the rear wheel, and the car has two front wheels used solely for steering. Bearings are required to allow the wheels and motor to rotate under load without damage.

Though ambitious, Xenith is only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/

Boca Bearings presents one this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

CNC Plasma System Build

The CNC Plasma build is a culmination of many components to form a complete system/machine. Many of the components were custom built and designed as the project grew. This build created a great machine for its creators to use to build other things as well as , hopefully, a guide for thousands of others around the world.

The goal of this project was to build a high end quality cnc plasma cutting machine but, do it on a budget. It allowed its makers to create and fabricate high precision parts and also create art and custom pieces which would have not been possible without CNC, all within a hobbyist’s budget. All this made possible by a multitude of double row type bearings, mostly on the gantry providing the guide rollers for the x and y axis as well as in the z axis for guides and supports.


Though ambitious, the CNC Plasma System Build is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the CNC Plasma System Build and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=119

Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!

High Voltage

High Voltage is a kinetic sculpture made from found materials.  The effect seen in the head is a high voltage arc produced by a neon sign transformer.  All visible surfaces of the sculpture are aluminum objects salvaged from second hand stores and scrap yards and then meticulously machined and welded together.

The artist’s goal was to build a truly dynamic, free-standing kinetic figure that could temporarily induce a child-like reaction from jaded adults. There are eight shoulder bearings mounted into the “shoulders” and “hips” of the figure.  Two pillow block bearings are built into the main motor unit inside the torso.  Another four pillow block bearings hold the “ankles” in place and allow side to side motion.

Though interesting, High Voltage is only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Circular Saw Centrifuge

Bring the danger of the workshop into the kitchen with a homemade centrifuge! By using an electric circular saw as the motor, the creator was able to spin food up to 1800 G’s and achieve separation in liquids, all for under $20.

The creator’s goal with this project is to separate foods inexpensively using dangerous and inappropriate equipment. This noble goal has been made possible by the use of cylindrical roller bearings in Black & Decker 4109 circular saw.

Though ambitious, the Circular Saw Centrifuge is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Circular Saw Centrifuge and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=97

Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!

 

Green Eco Trike

 

The Green Echo Trike is a street legal, steady, light, foldable model. Top speed is up to 20MPH.

Rider stepping in the upright position. The rider’s full body weight and vertical legs movement generate driving force. You can seamlessly switch from the motor power to pedals and back.

 

Green Eco Trike (the GET) was conceived with the idea in mind to introduce a compact and environmentally friendly personal transportation vehicle and a fitness machine in one. The GET uses 33 bearings overall. 9 of them are needle bearings, two special bearings in the head set, and the rest of them are ball bearings.

 

Though interesting, the Green Eco Trike is only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/

Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!

 

E-Volo

 

On October 21st, 2011, Thomas Senkel of E-Volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: “The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot”. This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as easily as driving a car.

 

Its creators’ goal was to write flight history, they wanted to fly the first manned VTOL as well as create possible grounds for more green transportation in form of Volocopters. Reduction of emissions in transportation was a goal as well.

 

Though ambitious, E-Volo is only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/

Boca Bearings presents the November 2012 Innovation Contest winner!

Gamera

Gamera is a pedal-powered quad-rotor the size of a Boeing 737 airplane. In simpler terms, a human-powered helicopter.

The inventor’s objective is to progress towards meeting the requirements of the prestigious AHS Sikorsky Prize (hover for 60 seconds and 10 ft altitude). The secondary goals were to enhance the engineering education of students at the University of Maryland and inspire the public (particularly future engineers).

The Gamera II XR helicopter uses ceramic bicycle bearings for the hand and foot cranksets, as well as steel needle roller bearings and steel needle thrust bearings for each of the four rotor shafts. There are also a variety of smaller roller radial bearings being used in idler pulleys for transmission string re-direction and in idler sprockets for chain tensioners in the cockpit. Steel needle roller bearings are used on the flywheel shaft, which rotates at 800 RPM. There are PTFE plain bearings in the hand grips as well.

Though impressive, Gamera is only one of the many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Gamera and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=87

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Barobot

Barobot is an open source device that pours cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. It holds up to 12 bottles and can pour a drink with military accuracy!

Mixing drinks at home parties might prove a challenge if you are not a trained bartender with professional equipment. It requires remembering many recipes and accurate measures which could be disastrous if you forget. More importantly, it distracts you from interacting with your guests. Barobot’s creator intends to solve this problem altogether.

Barobot is made possible by three needle roller bearings in actuator, two thrust bearings allow carriage movement and timing belt uses two ball bearings for smooth movement.

Though ingenious, Barobot is only one of many entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Barobot and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=106

Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!

Titanoboa

The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate a 50-foot, one-ton snake killed off by past climate change. Titanoboa is an experimental creature made up of 20 aluminum vertebrae, oil for blood, a lithium polymer battery life force, and a distributed array of micro-controller brains.

By building Titanoboa, its creators wanted to create an innovative project that is an educational experiment through its construction and deployment.  They hope to generate discussion about EV technology, and critical energy issues.  They also wanted to create something so improbable that it inspires others by refreshing their ideas of what is possible. The bearings used on Titanoboa are oil impregnated bronze bushings.

Though amazing, Titanoboa was only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/

Boca Bearings presents the June 2012 Innovation Contest winner!

Walking Quadrotor

The Walking Quadrotor is a hybrid robot capable of both aerial and terrestrial locomotion. An unique compliant mechanism design makes it possible to use a single actuator set for both walking and flying.

The creator’s objective is to increase the functionality of a well known flying mechanism (quadrotor) without adding any primary actuator to the system and by just using the same system actuators. All made possible by the use of (4) linear bearing sets in the leg mechanism. The actuators also contain ball bearings.

Though ingenious, the Walking Quadrotor is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Walking Quadrotor and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=45