Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
Army Power Wheels adult racer
This monster of a vehicle is custom built using only the Power Wheels jeep body. The frame is welded steel. The drivetrain consists of a large DC motor, 24 volt battery, 2-stage gear reduction, and disk brakes.
Its creator intends to have it as an entry to the upcoming Power Racing Series. His intent? To have quite a bit of fun! The little Jeep uses shielded flange bearings in its front wheels, thrust bearings in the steering section, shielded flange bearings to support the rear axle, and still more flanged bearings supporting the sprocket reduction shafts. The motor employs a couple of tiny bearings.
Though fun, the Army Power Wheels adult racer is only one of many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check this entry and many other at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=127
Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
Shakerbot-Snakeboard inspired robot
The Shakerbot is a robot that mimics the movement of a snakeboard. The basic idea is to have two pairs of steering wheels and a motor with a high inertia flywheel representing the body of the rider. As the steering wheels define the direction of motion, the high inertia flywheel accelerates giving a push to the system.
The goal of the project is to provide a platform for further research in geometric control in addition to motion planning and computer vision applications. Simple sealed bearings(with shield) were used in order to hold the heavy and high inertia flywheel in place without damaging the motor.
Though innovative, the Shakerbot 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/
Forced Induction Dreams
Get a 1988 Honda CBR250R road bike engine then add a Aisin AMR300 supercharger to force feed a mixture of Methanol and air into the engine via a highly modified TM32 Mikuni carb, a custom made plenum, with built in blow-off valve to save engine /supercharger from damage in the event of a backfire. And what do you get? A monster of an engine.
The creator’s goal is to successfully make it a minimum of 3 miles at full throttle. Hopefully, setting a land speed class record in the process.
Though powerful, Forced Induction Dreams is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Forced Induction Dreams and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=103
Long Road Home
"Long Road Home" was commissioned by "Ripley’s Believe it or not" Museums for their Gatlinburg, TN location. It was based off of a previous work, "Long Road Ahead".
It is purely a work of Kinetic Mechanical Art.
Its creator’s goal was to find unique ways of generating realistic human movement in the figure as he rides the bicycle. Since almost the entire piece is driven by a single motor, all the movement that is seen can be traced back to that single motor, the only exception is the rotation of the front wheel on the bike, as it is driven separately.
Though interesting, Long Road Home 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/
Celestial Mechanica is a 16’ tall, 50’ diameter, kinetic steel art sculpture of the movement of the heavenly bodies, revolving around a fiery sun.
The goal of Celestial Mechanica is to represent this amazing system at the humble human scale; affording us the opportunity to tangibly experience the precision, grace, and brilliance of our solar system in its entirety. The arms that will be holding the 4 large gas planets overhead will be rotating around the tower that runs up the center of the piece using a lazy-susan like bearing design. Those bearings will be specially made for the project they are most similar to roller thrust bearings.
Though interesting, Celestial Mechanica is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Celestial Mechanica and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=116