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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 5 - Programming and Debugging.

Oct 20, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

Now that I have finished building the hand and the glove, it was time to start writing the programs for the hand and glove.


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Aermacchi Crank Alignment and Balancing Tool

Oct 18, 2017

Tony Foale

I have never liked the usual crank alignment methods of either supporting the crank between centres or on V-blocks. A problem that I have...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 4

Oct 16, 2017

John Praleston

The last few weeks I have been busy refurnishing the bike for the RC car project as well as designing 2 versions of the chassis for the car itself...


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3D Scanner Project Update 1

Oct 11, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

Our 3D scanner has always been a great machine, however, the difficulties in setup make it somewhat of a pain to use. To improve the capabilities...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 3

Oct 09, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

I finally “finished” the airboat. I finished making the last of the rudder design so with that part being finished I decided to do the boats first test run. Prior to me making the different designs and modifications to the hull of the boat.


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RC Car Project - Update 3

Oct 05, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

With most of the body completed it was now time to do some fine tuning to the steering and throttle. Steering adjustments were relatively straight forward...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 2

Oct 03, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

This week I made the silicate elastomer mixture of cornstarch and silicon I* to make tires for the drone. I didn't expect...


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Modified Bike Project: Part 4 - The Bike

Sep 28, 2017

Ben Flaum

This was a four-month project that included hard work and some thinking outside the box. Here is the final product...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 1

Sep 26, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

I finally have the rpm counter/wind speed monitor working for the weather vane. The next step in this process is...


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Upgrading Jigging Master Ocean Devil PE5 with Boca Bearings

Sep 21, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to install Boca Bearings in a Jigging Master Ocean Devil PE5 fishing reel.


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 4 - The 3D Printed Hand Build

Sep 19, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

In this post I will be going over in the building of the 3D printed hand. You can find the files from inmoov.fr. Inmoov is an open source 3D printed life size robot where you can print various parts of a robot.


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Arduino Robot Project: Part 5 - Video Demonstration

Sep 14, 2017

Ben Flaum

Finally got a chance to record the line follower in action. I had to readjust some numbers in the code for it to be able to work. The floor here is different from...


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 3 - The Glove Build

Sep 12, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

In this post I will be going over the making of the glove that will control the 3D printed hand. I started off by first soldering the 5 47K ohm resistors onto the LilyPad's pads a0, a1, a2, a3, and a4. I also soldered the resistors together as shown in the picture below.


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New and Expanded Inventory of Mounted Unit Bearings

Sep 07, 2017

Ben Flaum

The Boca Bearing Company is proud to announce the expansion of their line of Mounted Unit Bearings and Inserts. Mounted unit bearings are...


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 2 - Pre-build

Sep 05, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

For the design of the robotic portion of this project I will be using a 3D printed hand that was created by InMoov. InMoov is a open source 3D printed life size robot. The link to their website is:


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Boca Bearings on Shimano XTR Wheels

Aug 25, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to replace the standard bearings provided in a Shimano XTR wheel set with Boca Bearings Ceramic Bearings.


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Quantum Vapor Bearing Upgrade

Aug 21, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to upgrade the bearings in a Quantum Vapor.


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RC Car Project - Update 2

Aug 18, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

Whew! Another long time since an update on the RC Car project! There have been some major developments on the project since last time and I’ll go through them here...


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Boca Bearings Fidget Spinner Collection Competition

Aug 16, 2017

Ben Flaum

In conjunction with Spin Space, a popular Facebook group dedicated to hand and fidget spinners, the Boca Bearing Company recently hosted a competition for individuals to show off their spinner collections.


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Zerobot Project - Update 3

Aug 14, 2017

John Praleston

This week the new parts came in. I tested the operation using brand new Zeros and cameras. Found a defective motor controller on Zero 2.0.


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Zerobot Project - Update 2

Aug 11, 2017

John Praleston

This week I have completed Zerobot version 2.0 and have gotten 1.0 working to spec. As always, Issues have arisen...


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Introducing Miami artist maker and robot sculptor Jorge Roldan

Aug 09, 2017

Jorge Roldan

My name is Jorge Roldan -- I was born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami. I went to the International Fine Arts college in the early 1990s and graduated from F.I.U with a bachelors in Commercial Design.


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 1 - Project Proposal

Aug 07, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

The purpose of this project is to learn to use a 3D printer and to further my skills in using the Arduino. My goal is to...


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Traxxas TQi Telemetry Radio and App

Aug 04, 2017

Konrad

I (Konrad) believe I can get an absolute tune with my small 3.3 cc nitro engine. My guess is that the top rpm with that 3.3 cc engine will be higher and more consistent.


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Modified Bike Project: Part 3 - Engine build

Aug 02, 2017

Ben Flaum

The most exciting part of the build so far -- the engine! A nice fresh rebuild with the best bearings on the market. The rebuild was super smooth, and I cant wait to rip this thing and show it off!


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Arduino Robot Project: Part 4 - Shield and Software

Jul 31, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

I finally came across some stackable headers that I ordered from Karlsson Jupiter. I ordered them online and they were available for pick up the next day. The headers came in a 6 pin header, two 8 pin headers, and one 10 pin headers so they connect directly to the Arduino.


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Blade 180 CFX Helicopter: Part 2 - First Repair

Jul 28, 2017

Bryan Carter

During the first flight, the tail rotor made contact with the grass and I lost all tail rotation. Examining the heli, I noticed that the main gear and tail rotor were totally disengaged from each other.


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Arduino Robot Project: Part 3 - Building the Parts of the Line Robot

Jul 26, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

There were a few components of the robot that I had to make or modify. There was the sensor board that I had to make with the sensors, resistors, and the perforated board.


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Arduino Robot Project: Part 2 - Pre-Build

Jul 24, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

For the design of the line robot I will be using a plastic container that I found at a thrift store for a dollar. I plan on putting the two motors towards the rear of the container with the caster wheel at the front using some L brackets to connect them together. The design will be similar to the one that was used in the manual.


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Zeorbot Project - Update 1

Jul 21, 2017

John Praleston

This week, I have received all of the parts required to complete the Zerobot. I completed the assembly of the electronics and mechanics of the bot. Since I used a different battery pack, I made some additional modifications.


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The World's Largest 3D Printed Fidget Spinner

Jul 19, 2017

Ben Flaum

Back in March, the Boca Bearing Company set out to create what was the largest 3D printed fidget spinner using a Type A, Series 1.


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Blade 180 CFX Helicopter Introduction

Jul 17, 2017

Bryan Carter

Boca Bearings is the proud owner of a shiny new Blade 180 CFX! We've been selling quite a few of the bearing kits for this thing, so we figured we'd get one to try out. For science!


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3D Printer Filament Stand Project

Jul 14, 2017

John Praleston

Today I built a filament stand for our 3D printers. I wanted to hold 24 rolls on the back and will be adding posts for the most common ones up front.


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Zerobot Project Introduction

Jul 12, 2017

John Praleston

I was assigned to create a step by step instruction manual for others at the company and future interns to build a project that uses many of the tools available at Boca Bearings.


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Arduino Robot Project: Part 1 The Sensor Board

Jul 10, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

Gerardo is working on a robot from scratch. Introducing below is the sensor board. The red wires are the power wires. The green wires are ground and the blue wires are the feedback wires from the sensors.


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Boca Bearings Mavic Cosmic Carbones

Jun 28, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to replace the standard bearings provided in a Mavix Cosmic Carbones wheel set with Boca Bearings Ceramic Bearings.


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Scan-O-Tron Project: Kinect Attached

Jun 26, 2017

Ben Flaum

Our Boca Bearing Company Scanotron build is a little closer to being finished with the addition of a counterweight pulley system. Works like a charm and the Kinect stays put wherever we stop it.


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Modified Bike Project: Part 2 Frame Set Up

Jun 23, 2017

Ben Flaum

The 1976 Cimatto frame with a 1967 triumph motorcycle hard tail. The hard tail was cut down in sections and then fully welded. This hard tail will lower the rear of the bike, and stretch it out giving the bike a very aggressive stance.


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Okuma Krios KS 273W Bearing Comparison

Jun 21, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how Boca Bearings Orange Seal Hybrid Ceramic Bearings compare to the stock bearings included in the Okuma Krios KS 273W.


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eMerge Americas 2017

Jun 19, 2017

Ben Flaum

Last week I attended eMerge Americas in Miami, Florida. The purpose of this event is to provide a gathering point for startups and technology enthusiasts to network and converge on various projects.


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Boca Bearings 3D Printed Spinner Competition

Jun 16, 2017

Ben Flaum

In conjunction with Spin Space, a popular Facebook group dedicated to hand and fidget spinners, the Boca Bearing Company recently hosted a competition to see who could produce the longest spinning 3D printed fidget spinner.


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Avet HXW Raptor Ceramic Bearing Upgrade

Jun 14, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to install Boca Bearings Ceramic Bearings Kit in an Avet HXW Raptor fishing reel.


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Electric Skateboard Project Update 1

Jun 09, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

With everything on order for the board I decided to wire up the battery harness. I used 14 AWG wire for all the connections, which with the short runs is ample enough to handle the current being passed through. Soldering the connectors was simple and straight forward and after one day of work they were complete.


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ELB Pro Flipper Butterfly Knife Bearing Upgrade

Jun 07, 2017

Ben Flaum

In this video we'll be walking through swapping out the steel balls for Ceramic Silicon Nitride (SI3N4) in an ELB Pro Flipper balisong.


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RC Car Project Update

Jun 05, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

It’s been a long time since anyone has worked on the RC Car project here in the Workshop and since I’m new to this project I figured now is a great time to begin simplifying and streamlining the wiring....


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Making 3D-Printed Fidget Spinners

Jun 02, 2017

Ian Cole

Fidget Spinners are 2017’s big fad – there are many ways to make them, and 3D printing gives you a ton of customization options.


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Fidget Spinner Bearing Spin Time Comparison

May 31, 2017

Ben Flaum

In this video we take a look at how different bearings effect the performance of a fidget spinner. Our results concluded that although...


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Marine Robotics Club Introduction

May 26, 2017

Ben Flaum

The Marine Robotics Club is a registered student organization at Florida Atlantic University whose main focus is giving students a hands on experience with robotics in the maritime environment.


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Modified Bike Project: Part 1 1976 Cimmato City Bike

May 24, 2017

Ben Flaum

Adam Farris, owner and operator of O'Malleys Speed n Kustom, started out this project with a 1976 Cimmato City Bike powered by a Minarelli V1 engine.


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Peacock Bass Fishing In South Florida

May 22, 2017

Jeff Brooks

The Peacock bass is actually not even a bass. They belong in the cichlid family and are native to the Amazon River basin in South America. Their body shape is similar to a largemouth, but the coloring is different.


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How to Install Bearings in Mavic Crossmax SL Wheels

May 12, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to install Boca Bearings in a Mavic Crossmax wheel.


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3D Printed Robotic Hand Project Revisision

May 10, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

After repairing the robotic hand project, the most noticeable flaw was the nest of wires on the receiver. Every servo motor has three wires, with five fingers that means there are fifteen leads going into the breadboard. From there five additional wires need to run to the Arduino for signal control.


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How to Install Bearings in a THM Carbones Clavicula Crankset

May 08, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to install Boca Bearings in a THM Carbones Clavicula Crankset.


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Scan-o-tron project: Building accessories

May 03, 2017

Ben Flaum

The Scanotron build is at full-steam. The Eureka Factory is currently building the project accessories.


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Bloomer Tree Kinetic Artwork Donation, Damage, Repair and Relocation

May 01, 2017

Ben Flaum

Following the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, artist Edwin Cheong offered to donate his stainless steel sculpture, “Bloomer Tree” to the City’s Art in Public Places program. The Arts Commission accepted his offer and approved a permanent sculpture location at the Boynton Beach Extension round about.


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Electric Skateboard Project Introduction

Apr 28, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

Electric skateboards are exploding in popularity right now, however, for most people the cost of a good board is too great and the inexpensive options lack in features and range.


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Line Roller Bearing Replacement Shimano Symetre 4000RI

Apr 26, 2017

Ben Flaum

Stan shows us how to do a line roller bearing replacement in a Shimano Symetre 4000RI using Boca Bearings Ceramic Hybrid bearings.


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How to change the bearings in a Shimano Citica 200D

Apr 24, 2017

Ben Flaum

Grant shows us how to remove the bearings in a Shimano Citica 200D and put new Boca Bearings Orange Seal Ceramic Hybrid bearings in.


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Scan-o-tron Project Introduction

Apr 19, 2017

Ben Flaum

If you haven't heard of the Eureka Factory yet, you might not be paying attention. This is an incredible group of creative individuals and business partners who believe in the power of community-driven innovation to help people move from passive consumption to empowered and active creation. They have just recently organized Roboticon Tampa 2014, working hand-in-hand with FIRST to bring kids, teens, and parents together to work on, build, and compete with their robots.


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How to change the bearings in a Shimano Chronarch CI4+

Apr 17, 2017

Ben Flaum

Grant shows us how to remove the bearings in a Shimano Chronarch CI4+ and put new Boca Bearings Orange Seal Ceramic Hybrid bearings in.


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