BOCA BEARINGS 2014 INNOVATION COMPETITION

MMR Rambotics

Each year the students and mentors of MMRambotics Team undergo an intensive six week build process to create competition ready robots for FIRST robotics battle.

FIRST was founded in 1989. It is a 501 public charity with five different programs catered to combine excitement of sports with science and technology. Children in different age groups compete under strict guidelines with limited resources and under time restrains. The idea is to help develop team working skills, build robots, program robots and make robots perform tasks while compete against other teams. The FIRST program gives students the opportunity to work as close as possible in real-world engineering field and interact with robotic applications.

Robots competing in FIRST weigh up to 120 pounds and are faced with incredible tasks relying on the skill of their drivers and their programmers. With so many moving components in each robot, quality bearings become an essential factor in the robot's build. Due to the size, weight and load placed on FIRST robots, axles and joints must be able to handle extraordinary amounts of stress.

Bearings are much more efficient than their bushing peers and the MMRambotics team utilizes dozens of bearings in each design. "The Boca Bearing Company has been an uncompromising asset during our build season. They offer CAD models for their parts which is essential to our initial design stage. During the build process they make sure we have our bearings as quickly as possible due to the time constraints of FIRST robotics."



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