Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
Draka, the Dragon
Draka is a 112 foot long dragon built on a truck pulling three trailers. It is made of mostly recycled materials; 55-gallon steel drums make up its scales and old cedar shingles form the texture of its belly, while faux-fur seating and chandeliers adorn her interior.
Inspired by the dragon clock tower described in Gregory Maguire’s book (and now Broadway play) “Wicked ~ the life & times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” its creators wished to build a fire-breathing dragon car that could tote a lot of people around and also entertain the masses with live performances on board at the Burning Man Festival.
There’s a ball valve in Draka’s throat. It’s there where you’ll find a giant ball bearing that controls the flow of propane which creates her massive fire effects, those fifty-foot bursts of dragon flame!
Though awe-inspiring, Draka 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/
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
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/