Boca Bearings presents the May 2012 Innovation Contest winner!
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
Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
Cardboard Box Robot
The Cardboard Box Robot was one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries. It has since then strived to take over the world. Though it has some limitations, such as its inability to swim and digest gluten, it has gotten very close to total world domination. All weapons are ineffective.
The bot uses ball-bearing servos for their added durability and torque capacity. It is also believed that it uses a catalytic effect from ingesting zinc-coated bearings as a fuel source.
Kindly form orderly lines in order to present gifts in exchange for mercy.
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!
The Remote Operated Electric Bucket Loader is built for moving dirt in environments that pose significant risk to the occupant. It has remote operation capability, its exterior case is 1/4” aluminum and steel and is sealed for dust and water up to IP67 rating.
The maker’s objective is to provide service workers in any field a robotic solution for a harsh job in deadly environments. R.O.E.B.L. contains bearings in the wheel hubs, drive systems and in its electric motors. For a total of 8 different kinds of bearings, from tapered to plain to bronze.
Though ambitious, R.O.E.B.L. is only one of many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out R.O.E.B.L. and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=104
Liquorice’s creator was attempting to create a template for sculptures that were geometrically arranged on a flat plane but that would open up into three dimensions when driven by wind. He wanted to create a sufficiently sensitive mechanism that would allow these sculptures, at a small scale, to work indoors from the draft of an open window for instance.
After its inventor realised that the cutting tool had left a consistent 5mm space around each part, he decided to use a 5mm ball bearing sandwiched between two Neodymium magnets to bridge the gap and act as a rotating mechanism. The creator’s primary goal is always to find simple integrated solutions to creating motion in his work, where the mechanism is contained within and an aesthetic component of the sculptures.
Though interesting, Liquorice 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 the July 2012 Innovation Contest winner!
The Avery Dicycle is both a work of mechanical art and a human powered transportation device. Beyond that, according to its inventor, the interactive nature of the Dicycle requires ‘thinking beyond self’ to operate.
The creator’s objective is to build a unique human powered machine requiring teamwork and communication which will inspire other artists to bring their dreams into the physical realm. All made possible by the use of (2) 3/16” flange bearings without the flange for the suspension of the seat and pedal crank frame. Additionally, the Avery dicycle contains a 3/16” main axle utilizing ER style bearings into the hubs.
Though unique, the Avery Dicycle is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Avery Dicycle and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=65