BOCA BEARINGS 2014 INNOVATION COMPETITION

Charon

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT


Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

Charon is a 32’ tall vertical life sized 3d stroboscopic zoetrope. This is a truly unique project that that blends technology with art.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

I conceived of the project in 11/2010 and completed fabrication on 8/16/2011

What was your goal in building this project?

I wanted to make a highly interactive piece that encouraged cooperation and reflection

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

The problem was to get 12 people to get a 3000 pound wheel to spin at 18 rpms.

What makes your idea unique?

At 32’ tall, 30’ wide and 20’ deep and weighing in at 7 tons this is truly the world’s largest zoetrope

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

Charon uses: 4- 2” tapered roller bearings on the 8’ hub shaft 16- 1” pillow blocks on the 4-1”x6’ drive shafts 24- 1” piloted flange bearings and 12- custom one way roller bearings on the 12- custom 6”drum drives For a total of 56 bearings

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

It took over 50 dedicated people and over 6000 man hours to fully fabricate this piece in eight months

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

I will put the $10,000 towards R&D and engineering to make my next generation zoetrope “gaia”

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