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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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Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding Puzzle Part 1: Design

Dec 18, 2017

Chad B.

My next project for Boca Bearings will be a sliding puzzle similar to the the ones seen in Cogs. It is based on the picture sliding puzzles where you have to slide several panels around...


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Traxxas TQi Telemetry Radio and App: Part 4 - Car Run and Performance

Dec 15, 2017

Konrad

It cannot be said any other way about my venture with Boca Bearings. I did not realize that this would so clearly make this Jato one of the fastest Jato's with run times over and over exactly the same.


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Hybridized Garrett Boca Bearings Turbine - Part 3

Dec 13, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

I have been extremely busy in the workshop recently and trying to make more progress on the turbine has slowed down a bit since most of the turbine unit is disassembled.


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Amundson TCP450 Fishing Reel Bearing Installation

Dec 08, 2017

Ben Flaum

This video shows how to install bearings in a Amundson TCP450 Fishing Reel.


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Simple Robotic Arm Made Out of Cardboard Pieces

Dec 06, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

So there has been a halt to the progress of the Autonomous Rover. So I decided to do a quick simple project...


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Autonomous Rover Part 4: Finishing Up the Build and Some Demonstration

Dec 04, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

So I have gotten the MINDS-i Robot up and running. It seems to be a very sturdy frame. There were times where I accidentally...


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1/10th Scale Replica 1984 CJ7 Jeep

Dec 01, 2017

Dominic C.

The purpose for this build is to replicate a real 1984 CJ7 Jeep to a 1/10th Scale RC car. I will be trying to match everything from the real jeep to the replica.


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Vintage Tool Box 3D Printed: Part 4 - Final Details

Nov 29, 2017

Chad B.

This is the final phase of the Toolbox 3D Printer for Boca Bearing. Although the majority of the construction was complete, I still had to...


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Autonomous Rover Part 3: Building the Frame

Nov 27, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

I started off creating one side of the frame of the Rover. Then I created the second side which are identical...


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Hybridized Garrett Boca Bearings Turbine - Part 2

Nov 22, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

The initial teardown of the turbine started with the larger and more basic components of the unit such as the housings, drain pipe, and other various components. It was then that...


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Vintage Tool Box 3D Printed: Part 3 - Testing and Refining

Nov 20, 2017

Chad B.

This week was originally going to be wiring, printing and calibration while next week was going to be some finish work. However, since the major construction was done...


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Vintage Toolbox 3D Printed: Part 2 - Construction and Fabrication

Nov 17, 2017

Chad B.

This phase of the build is the fabrication. This section consists of more pictures and videos since the bulk of the build is its construction...


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Hybridized Garrett Boca Bearings Turbine - Part 1

Nov 15, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

In the perfect physical world, there would be no gravity or no coefficient of friction. As we all know that is completely unreal...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 5

Nov 13, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

The first new project I’ll be talking after Maker Faire Orlando is a sorting machine. The goal will be to...


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Traxxas TQi Telemetry Radio and App: Part 3 - Telemetry Setup and Testing

Nov 08, 2017

Konrad

This is it! My Jato 3.3 nitro is now 100% Boca Bearings! It's time to hit the road and get some telemetry data.


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Autonomous Rover Part 2: The MINDS-i 4X4 3-in-1 Robot and the FlySky FS-T6 Transmitter

Nov 06, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

The MINDS-i Robot has finally arrived here at Boca Bearings. It's a fairly large package with many pieces. The package is shown below.


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Vintage Toolbox 3D Printed: Part 1 - Design and Research

Nov 03, 2017

Chad B.

I will be constructing a 3D printer with in a Huot toolbox that was once used as a "Blower Repair Kit." One of the main features that makes this toolbox a good candidate for a printer over other toolboxes is...


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Autonomous Rover Part 1: Project Proposal

Nov 01, 2017

Ben Flaum

The purpose of this project is how to learn to create an autonomous land vehicle that can be programmed with waypoints for destinations to travel to. I will learn how to also add ultrasonic sensors to the rover to avoid crashing into any obstacles on the way to its waypoints.


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Para-Athlete Alfonso Garibay Jr.

Oct 27, 2017

Ben Flaum

Alfonso Garibay Jr. is a para-athlete who participates in a variety of marathons and cycling events. His hard work and determination makes him a distinct role model to the Boca Bearing Company.


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Traxxas TQi Telemetry Radio and App: Part 2 - Bearings Replacements

Oct 25, 2017

Konrad

It's been a long winter and good weather is finally upon us. This means getting the Jato ready for a faster season. Thank you goes first to Boca Bearings for providing all the bearings for this Jato...


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3D Printed Robotic Hand: Part 6 - More Programming and Debugging

Oct 23, 2017

Gerardo Ramos

With how I left things the last time, I wasn't getting the full range of motion of the servos. So this wouldn't let me close the hand all the way...


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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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