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Pi Zero Drone Part 8: On board Instrument Calibration

Jul 12, 2018

Luke Ridley

From the on screen response to tuning PID controllers, APM Planner 2.0 software can give a newbie quad user (myself) a deep understanding of what it takes to control this quadcopter.


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Power Wheels Racer 2.0: Update 2

Jul 10, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

This week in the workshop we focused on the electronics for the electric kart. After spending over a week trying to diagnose...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 14

Jul 06, 2018

Michael Denny

Some final adjustments were made to the hull of the sub. Using Solid works the hull was thickened for strength and and holes were added for...


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RC Boat Project: Update 1

Jul 04, 2018

Ryan Kwaterski

This week the hull design for the 1940’s inspired Chris Craft was finalized. The 3D model was then...


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Power Wheels Racer 2.0: Update 1

Jul 02, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

Over the past several months us here at The Workshop have been designing and fabricating the next generation of go-kart for our entry into this year’s Power Racing Series event at the Orlando Maker Faire.


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Electric Skateboard Project Update 2

Jun 29, 2018

Andrew Barbosa

Quick update to the skateboard! In an effort to diagnose issues with another project, I needed to salvage some known working parts, and that turned into...


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Boca Bearings Workshop Weekly Update 13

Jun 27, 2018

Michael Denny

This week I worked on the 3D model for my personal project. The pressure vessel at the center of the design is based from the dimensions of...


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RC Boat Introduction

Jun 25, 2018

Ryan Kwaterski

This boat will be designed as a semi-displacement hull which will allow it to operate more smoothly at slower speeds.


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Autonomous Submarine Introduction

Jun 22, 2018

Michael Denny

The objective of this project is to fabricate and test an autonomous scale model of the FAU human powered submarine.


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Power Wheels Racer Part 15: Post-Race Update

Jun 20, 2018

Luke Ridley

Although our car had some speed we actually were not able to finish the race due to burning our speed controller. Basically what happened was...


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Power Wheels Racer Part 14: Updates Before Maker Faire

Jun 18, 2018

Luke Ridley

So as I talked about in the last post there are a few things that needed to be done to the car before it is ready to race up in Orlando. We read over the power wheels racing rules and found some things that we needed to comply with. First thing was...


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Power Wheels Racer: Part 13

Jun 13, 2018

Luke Ridley

So we are nearing race time for the power wheels racer and trying to get it race ready so that we can get a driver some practice time around the shop before we race it next week.


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Pi Zero Drone Post 7: Modular Body

Jun 11, 2018

Luke Ridley

To the reader who has a smaller print bed and wishes to print this part I have designed a modular frame that will hold all the same components as before. Each print...


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Nano Blade QX2 Repairs

Jun 07, 2018

Luke Ridley

We have two of the Nano Blade QX2 drones at the Boca Bearing Workshop and I have to say they are a really great option for someone who wants to get into FPV flying/racing.


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Pi Zero Drone 6: After First Flight and Mods

Jun 05, 2018

Luke Ridley

After the failed test, instant modifications to the design must be made. The most importantly was to protect the hardware so that no more time and money is lost waiting for parts.


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Pi Zero Drone Part 5: Testing...

May 31, 2018

Michael Perry

After this test the PXFmini GIPO pin connection sheared from the PCB board and became useless. But from the video evidence I suspect that...


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Fitbit Cheat-O-Matic 2: 3D Printed Mechanical Simplicity (Intro)

May 29, 2018

Andy

I've been getting more into 3D printing, lately. One of the many things I felt could benefit from 3D printing technology was the...


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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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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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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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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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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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