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 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
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/
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/