Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
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
Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: October 2012.
Primal 2 Speedbike
Primal 2 is a speedbike (human powered vehicle) designed for world speed record attempts. An enclosed, recumbent streamlined bicycle. It is powered solely by one person pedaling, with no stored energy of any kind.
The inventor’s objective is to set the world land speed record for a person traveling under their own power, with no wind or slope assistance. The current record for women is 76+ mph; the current record for men is 82+ mph. Made possible by Boca Hybrid Ceramic bearings to maximize power transmission efficiency in multiple locations in the vehicle.
Though amazing, Primal 2 is only one of the many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Primal 2 and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=78
Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: May 2012.
The Walking Beast
The Walking Beast is a kinetic work of art that tests the limits of large scale mechanical locomotion using applied math, science, engineering and technology.
The Walking Beast demonstrates the real-life challenges of incorporating a walking linkage system on a very large scale. The sheer size of the project requires careful engineering design to create a strong, balanced and well-functioning machine. It was made possible by the use of 114 deep groove ball bearings in the linkage system. A 19-inch slewing bearing used in the hydraulically operated lifting/turning disc. Tapered roller bearings and standard ball bearings in the axle housing, and ball bearings and needle bearings in the planetary gear reduction boxes. The transmission has a one-way roller bearing, ball bearings, thrust bearings and bushings. There are a variety of bearings in the gasoline-powered engine that powers The Walking Beast.
Though massive, The Walking Beast is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out The Walking Beast and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=50
Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: June 2012.
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
Independent Wheel Drive 1/10 Scale RC Car
This project rethinks the way automotive vehicles have worked for decades. The geometry of cars have always been similar in order to house large mechanical components such as engines, drive shafts, gearboxes and differentials. This project gets rid of all that and simplifies the drive train down to four motors and four wheels.
The creator hopes to introduce an open source controller and reinvent the RC car space to achieve the same kind of advanced control often seen in quadrotors. Each wheel-motor assembly requires five rotary bearings and there are four of these assemblies in total. The steering rack also uses several bearings that are essential to the design.
Though ambitious, the Independent Wheel Drive is only one of the many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Independent Wheel Drive and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=123