Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
The Dream Machine is a functional work of art that helps reduce the frequency of nightmares, night terrors, and promotes positive, productive control of dreams in children. The idea of the Dream Machine started with its creator’s mother, when he was a child. He’d have bad dreams frequently at night and his mother had him do the physical motions of the Dream Machine on a wall.
The Dream Machine reduces the frequency of night terrors and bad dreams, promoting control (or at least stability) while sleeping, and a child’s belief in themselves that they will have good dreams about what they’ve put in the machine. A 5/8” inner diameter bearing case is installed as the guide for the hand crank in the top plate of the Dream Machine. An H58-4 (5/8” X 4) hitch pin is used in the bearing casing as the crank’s handle.
Though interesting, the Dream Machine is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Dream Machine and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=142
Its inventor classifies it as functional art, since it is designed to be a human powered transportation device and is sculpturally pleasing to the eye. An original take on bicycle-like vehicles.
The maker’s goal was simply to build another bicycle type device that has never been seen or constructed before, as well as to keep his mind occupied. Each planet gear has 2 sealed ball bearings for a total of 12, the guide rollers have 2 sealed roller bearings for a total of 48. The crank pedal cartridges have sealed bearings, and the front steering head has a set of caged ball bearings.
Though innovative, ABC2 is only one of the many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out ABC2 and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=128
Boca Bearings presents one this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
Mini Injection Molder
The Mini Injection Molder is a tabletop injection molding machine. It can produces small, hollow plastic parts at a rate of about 55 seconds per part. Containing heating, cooling, pneumatic, and electrical systems, the only inputs required are electricity and plastic pellets.
The creator’s goal is to make a tabletop version of the classic 1960’s souvenir making machine, the Mold-a-Rama, in a much smaller and economical format. The Mini Injection Molder contains needle bearings in the cylinder pivots, ball bearings in all the electric motors, linear bushings in the pneumatic cylinders.
Though innovative, the Mini Injection Molder is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Mini Injection Molder and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=122
Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: January 2012.
Charon is a 32’ tall vertical life sized 3d stroboscopic zoetrope. This is a truly unique project that that blends technology with art.
The artist’s objective was to make a highly interactive piece that encouraged cooperation and reflection. In this project, cooperation was vital; it took 12 people to get the 3000 pound wheel to spin at 18 rpms. All made possible by the use of 4- 2” tapered roller bearings on the 8’ hub shaft 16- 1” pillow blocks on the 4-1”x6’ drive shafts 24- 1” piloted flange bearings and 12- custom one way roller bearings on the 12- custom 6”drum drives for a total of 56 bearings.
Though impressive, Charon is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Charon and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=10
Bussola’ is a work of art. Its purpose is to have a certain effect on the viewer. The machine consists of forty identical elements that all move -each with a small phase shift- in the same way, creating a repetitive yet organic motion. The assembled parts come across as one single moving form that behaves like a natural organism, a skeleton-like creature that seems to be traveling through space.
Its creator wanted to create a sculpture that appears as a complex moving unity when in fact it’s a collection of identical and simple components. All made possible by making use of 46 radial bearings, 6 of which are used in the driving mechanism, the other 40 are situated on the axle holding the white moving elements.
Though mesmerizing, Bussola is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Bussola and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=120