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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sketch Bot Project Update 1

Apr 12, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

So, it has been awhile since my last update on the Sketch bot project but this week I was finally able to finish up a wiring diagram and start testing servos with the Arduino unit. I also need to finish redesigning the servo base as well.


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X-Carve Vacuum Attachment

Apr 04, 2017

Andrew Barbosa

Having a CNC Router is awesome. Having to constantly clean up shavings is not. To more cleanly operate the X-Carve we decided to go ahead and print a dust shoe to attach a vacuum to. This would allow us to suck up all the shavings and dust as the machine operates and keep the work space cleaner.


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Crossfire 3D Printed Quadcopter Part 6

Mar 24, 2017

Cory Oliver

The build stalls and we have to spend some time fixing our 3D printer before we can go on.


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Sketch Bot Project Update

Mar 21, 2017

Kurtis Rodriques

The Sketch Bot would be able to draw any image that would be uploaded to Paint (windows program). The Bot would be controlled via arduino, and the arduino would be coded with an algorithm that would be able to read the windows paint file of the user’s choice. All of the physical components of the Bot would be made out of PLA plastic that would be made by a 3D printer.


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Crossfire 3D Printed Quadcopter Part 3

Mar 03, 2017

Cory Oliver

We work on trying to understand the radio and how we are going to control the Quadcopter once we get it put together.


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Crossfire 3D Printed Quadcopter Part 1

Feb 17, 2017

Cory Oliver

The very first Boca Bearing's Workshop project! Bryan works through the Crossfire 3D Printed Quadcopter project we first found on Thingiverse.


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