Boca Bearings presents the February 2012 Innovation Contest winner!
The Serpent Twins are a work of art and mythology. The Jormungand (Midgard) and Julunggul (Rainbow) serpents sit between 2 worlds; the old world that needed and revered them and the present which has shunned such monsters as fears metamorphosed into mythical form. The artist’s hope is to show how new technology can shed light on our past invoking our curiosity and fears of the unknown.
The artist’s goal is to make kinetic mobile art pieces that could be driven by a puppeteers to perform and interact with one another and the audience using the latest in sound, light, and sensors. Every one of the segments of the Serpent Twins runs on well-greased ball bearings inside the tires; creating a train of barrel segments. In addition; the motors, steering head, and drive all use ball bearings.
Though mesmerizing, Serpent Twins is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Serpent Twins and other entries at:
Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
OutRunner is the world’s first legged running robot that is commercially available to the public. Capabilities include: self-balancing, running up to 20 mph on almost any types of terrains (grass, asphalt, dirt…) with up to 2 hours of battery life, extremely simple to operate and upgradeable.
The creators believe that robots should be a part of everybody’s life and that they should be easy and fun to interact with, while still doing amazing things. OutRunner uses standard bearings for the act of spinning the wheels.
While exciting, OutRunner is only one of the many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out OutRunner and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=109
Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
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
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/