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Power Wheels Racer Part 12: Updates and fixes

May 25, 2018

Luke Ridley

After the old brake handle broke off and the weld attaching the steering column came undone, we had to makes some updates to the car. First we decided to...


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Pi Zero Drone Part 4: Calibrations

May 23, 2018

Michael Perry

I would like to thank Ohms Law for convincing me that overloading the Pi Zero with too much voltage will indeed fry the voltage regulator. This will cause the PCB to...


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SECME Mouse Trap Car Racing

May 21, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

Our SECME mousetrap car team was at a roadblock with our car. We had used 3D printing to make the chassis of the car but the axles...


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Virtual Reality R/C Car: Part 5

May 18, 2018

Luke Ridley

There are a couple of parts of this project that I am currently trying to tie together but am not quite there yet on each of them. The three things that I have been working on are...


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The Pi Zero Drone Part 3: Connecting the PXFmini

May 16, 2018

Luke Ridley

To connect using a RC transceiver, the 9th pin is PPM enabled, that is Pulse Position Modulation. This allows multiple PWM signals to be used using one input.


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Virtual Reality R/C Car: Part 4 Adding The Head Tracker

May 14, 2018

Luke Ridley

After some testing, we realized that only looking forward is very limiting. Almost everyone who drove the car was tilting their head one way or another in order to try and look around. After doing a little more research...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 11: Fixing the Caster for Stable Steering

May 11, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

So the next thing to work on was fixing the instability of the steering at high speeds. After doing some online research on steering geometry, I found that...


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The Pi Zero Drone Part 2: Construction of the Frame

May 09, 2018

Michael Perry

With the correct thrust calculations from the Gartt 2300KV motors being done. I can now begin the design of the quadcopter. I would like to include...


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Virtual Reality R/C Car Part 3

May 04, 2018

Luke Ridley

So the next step on this project is really what sets this project apart from your typical R/C build. In order to make the driver feel like they are actually driving the car we...


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3D Printed Camaro LS3 V8 Engine

May 02, 2018

Bryan Carter

The printing of the engine block was the biggest print we’d ever attempted, by far. At 20 percent infill it took just over 79 hours to complete...


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Iron Man Helmet Project - Part 1

Apr 30, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

In celebration of Marvel’s third Avengers movie I decided it would be a great time to make something from one of my favorite characters in the MCU, Iron Man. I started out by...


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F1 in Schools - Bearing and Wheel Design

Apr 27, 2018

Cory Oliver

Nam Phong Racing is an F1 in Schools 2018 World Finalist, representing Vietnam and the British International School Ho Chi Minh City. Their wheels depend heavily on the functionality of bearings...


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Virtual Reality R/C Car Part 2

Apr 25, 2018

Luke Ridley

Now that I know the values that each of the potentiometers on the bike output, the next step is to transmit the values over a radio. The Arduino compatible Radio Frequency chips that I chose to use were...


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Virtual Reality R/C Car Part 1

Apr 23, 2018

Luke Ridley

Over at the Boca Bearings Workshop we recently were able to obtain a handful of abandoned arcade games. Once all of them arrived at the shop...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 10: New Hydraulic Brake System

Apr 20, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

The first braking system on the Power Wheels Dune Racer wasn't working really well in stopping the car. So we ordered a new hydraulic braking system that was shown in the last blog post.


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The Pi Zero Drone Part 1: Introduction

Apr 18, 2018

Michael Perry

The multirotor copters or ‘multicopter’ is a highly popular recreational hobby but are also being implemented into professional use in cinematography and even surveying landscapes that may be hard to access by foot.


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Racing Power Wheels Part 9: Demonstration, Test Run, and Steering Problems

Apr 16, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

Before actually test running the Power Wheels, the hand throttle malfunctioned. It wouldn't let the motor come to rest. It was stuck at some minimum throttle input that kept the motor running constantly when...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 8: The Brakes, Problems Encountered, and Sparks Resolved

Apr 13, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

In this post I will be covering the braking system and the components of the braking system. The braking system can be...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 7: Setting up the Steering

Apr 11, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

With the drive axle pretty much done the next thing to work on would be the steering system of the Power Wheels Dune Racer. So to start things off...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 12

Apr 09, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

It has been some time since we have updated you all, but we have been working on a number of projects lately. So, the first project that I will be discussing is the...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 6: Motor Testing, Controller, and Sparks

Apr 06, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

So it's been a while since progress has been made on the Power Wheels Dune racer. I've been busy with school and...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 5: The Rear Axle and Parts

Apr 04, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

lately I've been working on the axle and drive system and I have received the motor controller that was ordered from TNC Scooters and now the motor works now. I'm in the processing of...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 4: Project Update on the Motor Kit and Batteries

Apr 02, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

ore progress has been made with the Boca Dune Racer project. Parts were ordered before and most of the parts have arrived. The first thing...


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Flytanium Butterfly Knife Bearing Tolerance Comparison

Mar 30, 2018

Ben Flaum

Bearings are one of the most popular pivot hardware setups used in modern folding knives. The most common rival to a bearing driven knife is...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 3: Selecting Sprocket Size and Calculating Speed

Mar 28, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

BMI Karts lets you have the choice of selecting the sprocket ranging from a 53 to a 75 tooth sprocket. The product description didn't provide the outside diameters for each different tooth sprocket. So I...


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Functional Jet Turbine Project Part 1

Mar 26, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

We have made several of those cutaway turbines but they don’t do anything, other than look amazing of course. I looked around to see if the files were ever made available to the public. As it turns out...


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Racing Power Wheels Part 2: Axle, Rear Wheels, Brakes, and Sprockets

Mar 21, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

We're currently waiting for the motor and batteries to still arrive here at Boca Bearings.The motor I had first ordered, the 24 Volt 650 Watt motor kit, is...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 11

Mar 14, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

Over the past few weeks I’ve printed out several different iterations of the design and tested their mechanics until I got to a point that I’m comfortable saying that the first version of the design is complete.


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Zero Tolerance 0808 Folding Knife Bearing Upgrade

Mar 12, 2018

Ben Flaum

In this video we'll be walking through replacing steel thrust bearings with ceramic silicon nitride (SI3N4) thrust bearings in a Zero Tolerance 0808 Folding Knife.


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Boca Bearings on a HOPE EVO 2 Hub Set

Mar 09, 2018

Ben Flaum

In this video Ronald will show us how to replace the standard bearings on a Hope EVO 2 Hub Set with Boca Bearings Ceramic Bearings.


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Wave Energy Senior Design Project

Mar 07, 2018

Ben Flaum

The Boca Bearing Company is currently helping Broc complete his Senior Design Project. Broc is a student at Florida Atlantic University. His project is...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 10

Mar 05, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

The Powerwheels car is close to its first test run! So since the last update I have managed to remount/relocate the motor to a different position so that it would be easier to get the chain on and off.


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 8 - The Wiring Diagram of the Hand and Codes for Adafruit Servo Shield

Mar 02, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

In this post I will be going over the wiring of the 3D printed Inmoov hand and include images of the wiring with the use of the program Fritzing since I did not really go into detail of how I wired the hand when using it without the Adafruit Servo shield.


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Racing Power Wheels Part 1: The Dune Racer and Motor Kit Selection

Feb 26, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

The Power Racing Series is a series of races where teams race each other with power wheels that they have modified to go much faster than their stock speed. The series also includes an endurance race of 75 minutes...


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Game of Drones Hiro Airframe Quadcopter Part 1: Building the Quadcopter

Feb 23, 2018

Ben Flaum

This is the first time where I will try to learn and make a quadcopter. Parts from the Crossfire Quadcopter will be used to make this quadcopter with the Hiro Airframe from Game of Drones.


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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle: Final Fabrication

Feb 21, 2018

Chad B.

This posting will show the final fabrication and finish work that went into the Boca Bearing Sliding Geared Puzzle. I will have a final posting with high quality, still shots of the finished piece.


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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle: Control Box

Feb 19, 2018

Chad B.

The geared puzzle is ready for its electronics. It has been running off of an Arduino Uno that is plugged directly into the wall. I was working on the fabrication but...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 9

Feb 16, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

The frame is completely done in terms of being structurally strong. I welded the rest of the seams that needed to be done. I grinded and sanded down the weld spots too.


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Traxxas XO-1: Boca Bearings Install

Feb 14, 2018

M. White Reckless

I picked up my first Traxxas XO-1 and I was hooked. I got it up to 100 miles per hour but I wanted to go even faster.


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SeaTech and Boca Bearings

Feb 12, 2018

Cory Oliver

Human-robotic interaction is here. It’s here in the form of wave-adaptive modular vehicles (WAM-Vs), and it’s here to conform with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs).


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Ryworx Omeme Butterfly Knife Bearing Walkthrough

Feb 09, 2018

Ben Flaum

In this video we'll be walking through disassembling a Ryworx Omeme balisong in order to replace the bearings.


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 7 - The Last Codes Used (No Servo Shield Required)

Feb 07, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

The last time I wrote a post for this project, I didn't post the codes that I was using for the arm and glove. The codes that I last used were...


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Simple Robotic Arm Made Out of Cardboard Pieces - Part 2: How to make it

Feb 05, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

This post I will be covering on how to create a simple robotic arm out of cardboard pieces. This project is fairly simple and based on the Arduino's IDE example "Knob." I will be covering on what parts are necessary and where to get them.


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Boca Bearings Innovation Series: Acavallo Carousel

Feb 02, 2018

Cory Oliver

Riding on a carousel as a kid was fun, sitting on the horses going up and down, riding in a wide circle as the music played. Well the Acavallo Carousel is a little different...


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Autonomous Rover Part 6: Troubleshooting

Jan 31, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

The PM is supposed to go in between the battery and the ESC of the rover. But the connectors on the PM are different from the rover's connections so...


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Boca Bearings Innovation Series: Primal 2 Speedbike

Jan 29, 2018

Cory Oliver

Imagine going down the highway at 80+ MPH, not so hard right? Now image that you are traveling in a narrow carbon fiber vehicle, powered only by your legs!


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Boca Bearings Innovation Series: Human Powered Helicopter - Gamera

Jan 26, 2018

Cory Oliver

A human powered helicopter! It seems like a crazy idea, or something out of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebook. But that is what one team set out to accomplish.


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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle Part 4: Clutch

Jan 24, 2018

Chad B.

The sliding puzzle is in the last stages of design and at the beginning stages of fabrication. While not all the details are complete, the design for...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 8

Jan 22, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

This past week I have been trying to catch up on the schedule of the Power wheels car. I started off by...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 7

Jan 17, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

After doing some research I recently discovered that AutoDesk offers their Fusion 360 CAD program for free to hobbyists. So I have decided to...


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Autonomous Rover Part 5: Using the ArduPilot Mega(APM) and GPS

Jan 15, 2018

Gerardo Ramos

I have finally received the ArduPilot Mega 2.6(APM) and GPS from 3DRobotics. It took them a pretty long time to ship out to me. I originally had also...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 6

Jan 12, 2018

Kurtis Rodriques

Our old Powerwheels chassis has taken a beating over the past two years now. With that being said, the team decided to create a new chassis and retire the old one.


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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle Part 3: Fabrication Details

Jan 10, 2018

Chad B.

Keep in mind there are a total of 30 components, 15 handles and 15 pieces glued in the panels. I was originally hoping to use mostly standard hardware but ended up machining all of these manually...


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DIY Stunt Wire System - Part 2

Jan 05, 2018

James Hobson

Things are getting exciting! We've successfully built the first prototype stunt wire system with upgraded bearings from Boca Bearings!


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DIY Stunt Wire System - Part 1

Jan 03, 2018

James Hobson

Love action movies? Wish that you too could leap tall buildings in a single bound?


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Vintage Tool Box 3D Printed: Follow-up

Jan 01, 2018

Chad B.

This posting will cover troubleshooting, unpacking set up and shipping the tool box 3D printer for Boca Bearing. It is very similar to...


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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle Part 2: Fabrication

Dec 27, 2017

Chad B.

The sliding puzzle is in the last stages of design and at the beginning stages of fabrication. While not all the details are complete, the design...


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Maker Faire Orlando 2017 - Part 2

Dec 25, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

Ever since attending the Mini-Maker Faire in Miami this year I have been thoroughly excited for Orlando’s event. There were so many cool projects and people this year and...


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Maker Faire Orlando 2017 - Part 1

Dec 22, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

Maker faire Orlando was an absolute blast to attend. It was amazing to see all the different forms of creativity that went into what everyone had to show...


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The Drone Scene in South Florida

Dec 20, 2017

Ben Flaum

The drone phenomenon is here to stay. That's what the indication is as noted at a recent informative meeting held by the South Florida Drone Group at the HackLab in Boynton Beach, Florida in August...


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