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Instructables-Drift Bike

Apr 14, 2021

Marc Tobel

I’ve been wanting to build a drift trike for a while now as a personal project and finally got the chance at my internship with Boca Bearings.


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Instructables-Painball Machine

Apr 12, 2021

James Laumeyer

Congratulations, you have decided to make a Pinball machine based off the Boca Bearing Design! Now before you get into this project an important thing to note is that our machine has a material cost of about $7-800, pinball electronics are expensive.


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3D Sets Model 7 Buggy Project

Apr 06, 2021

Michael Rudinsky

This project is a 3D printed model Volkswagen Beetle. The download from the 3D Sets website includes an easy to follow assembly guide and a list of all non-printed parts. This model requires about 3kg of filament, PLA is recommended


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Teddy Celebrates 22 years with BB

Mar 30, 2021

Boca Bearings

Teddy Mullins one of Boca Bearings longest-term team member joined the company some 22 years ago! He heard about Boca Bearings through an agency. He was told the company was family-owned by some kind-hearted people.


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Skee-Ball Machine

Feb 02, 2021

James Laumeyer

Keeping up with the arcade theme, my next project is a Skee-ball machine


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PinBall Machine 2.0/8

Jan 13, 2021

James Laumeyer

These past couple weeks I all but finished up the pinball machine, completing the ball return system, tuning the launchers and finishing the wiring. This leaves the only things left being to install the legs and cover glass.


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Drift Trike Part 5

Jan 06, 2021

Marc Tobel

Got the PVC sleeves on the rear tires but it took a lot more effort than I thought it would. In order to get them to slide on I had to grease up the tires and deflate them, cut the pvc to the correct width and begin sliding them over the rear tires of the trike


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PinBall Machine 2.0/7

Dec 08, 2020

James Laumeyer

This week I have been working on getting the wiring taken care of and dealing with some of the problems in the design of the pinball machine. And while I can see the end in sight the last few problems are making it a slower finish that I would like.


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PinBall Machine 2.0/6

Nov 16, 2020

James Laumeyer

The last couple weeks a lot of progress has been made on the pinball machine and the home stretch is very near. Notably in my last report I showed the wooden box was completely built. Since that update the box has been stained black and then lacquered to give it a nice shine.


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PinBall Machine 2.0/5

Oct 27, 2020

James Laumeyer

Over the last couple weeks I have been working to meet the deadline of the end of October to have this thing finished and although I have made tons of progress I have hit some setbacks that will inevitably push the finish date closer to the end of November.


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Drfit Trike Part 4

Oct 21, 2020

Marc Tobel

After sourcing the bike that I wanted for the front end of the trike, I began to cut the frame of the bike to fit onto the rear trike frame. I also wanted to remove most of the paint that was originally on the bike so I could weld supports in. Sanding off the paint also leaves room down the road to put a fresh coat of paint on it, which I plan on doing


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PinBall Machine 2.0/4

Oct 06, 2020

James Laumeyer

This week I finished up the CAD designs for the entire machine, and while there are a couple of minor parts that I the gears are going to take about 32 hours to print all five of them so hopefully, they don’t fail mid-print


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PinBall Machine 2.0/3

Sep 25, 2020

James Laumeyer

This week I worked on finishing up the play field designs. To finish off the play field I added the guides for the ball return system, designed the caps for the slingshots, laying out a twin tunnel obstacle to score points in, and designed a spinning pillar obstacle that uses a gear box and one motor to spin five pillars and fling the pinball all over the board.


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PinBall Machine-2.0/2

Sep 16, 2020

James Laumeyer

This week I focussed on the ball return system and working out the layout of the new playfield. Additionally I stumbled across the reason the relays had been acting incorrectly, the last person to work on this project used 12v relays on a 36v system and while the current of a 12v 30amp system is the same as a 36v 10amp system there is an issue with the internal resistance of the two in the coil windings.


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PinBall Machine -2.0/1

Sep 09, 2020

James Laumeyer

This was my first week taking over the pinball machine from where the previous intern left off. To start off I had to get my bearings about what the state of the machine is, what was wrong and what still needed to be done. Then, I had to assess how to fix the problems at hand and create the components that are still needed to make this a fun and functional machine.


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Drift Trike Part 3

Sep 08, 2020

Marc Tobel

For the next step I wanted to make a battery mount so I could utilize the electric start feature this motor comes with. I began with a piece of steel plate and welded it to the frame, using scraps to create a boundary for the battery.


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Drift Trike Part 2

Aug 31, 2020

Marc Tobel

After I got the engine plate mounted and welded to the frame I lined up the mounting holes and drilled accordingly to make sure the engine would sit where I wanted


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Drift Trike

Aug 21, 2020

Marc Tobel

For my next project I decided to do something a bit more ambitious than an r/c car: a project that combines a lot of skills and something that I could really learn from. I decided to build a drift trike.


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Power by Boca: Artist Amos Robinson

Jul 29, 2020

Boca Bearings

We had the pleasure of having a conversation with Amos an accomplished and incredibly talented metal sculpture


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3D Printed Bugatti 35 Part 2

Jul 22, 2020

Marc Tobel

Once I had the frame assembled I began to work on the electronics. I used a brushed 52 tooth motor with a crawler esc.


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3D Printed Bugatti 35

Jul 03, 2020

Marc Tobel

The first print that I did consisted of the dashboard and differential components. I’m using hatchbox PLA (1.75 mm) for the dashboard and Hatchbox ABS (1.75 mm) for the differential, silver and black respectively.


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Powered by Boca Bearings-Visit to SEATECH

Mar 26, 2020

Boca Bearings

Boca Bearing in an effort to support our local academic ecosystem offers paid internships to STEM students from the local colleges.


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Bugatti 35

Feb 17, 2020

Michael Rudinsky

This replica of the Bugatti 35 is a 1/10 scale 3D printed R/C model.


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Powered by Boca Bearings - 4 Reel Services

Feb 13, 2020

Boca Bearings

We had the great pleasure of visiting 4 Reel Services, a local reel repair shop owned and managed by Captain Peter Bilardello.


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Bearings in YoYos

Feb 06, 2020

Boca Bearings

As we all probably know a YoYo is a toy made up of an axle connected to two disks with a string looped around the axle.


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MIG Welding At Boca Bearings

Jan 30, 2020

Violet L

While there are more than 30 welding processes ranging from simple oxy-fuel to high-tech processes, here at Boca Bearings we use a MIG Welding process for its easiness of use.


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ASV Part 7

Dec 26, 2019

Marco Leo

The obstacle avoidance autonomous vessel is complete.


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Pin Ball Machine Part 5

Dec 17, 2019

Andrew Potenza

This week I have been focusing on combining all the elements that I have worked on separately together.


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Football Thrower Part 8

Dec 17, 2019

Andrew Kaye

This week has been a busy one as I have created multiple designs for the metal encasing of the electronics and mechanisms.


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Pinball Machine Part 4

Oct 14, 2019

Andrew Potenza

This week I have focused on the playfield. I knew that manufacturing the playfield would be a challenge due to the fact that it is too big for our CNC cutter


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Pinball Machine Part 3

Oct 01, 2019

Andrew Potenza

Testing the flipper and bumper relay


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ASV Part 7

Sep 09, 2019

Marco Leo

Nearing the end of this project. All that is left is to finish fabricating the top portion of the hull and attach it.


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Bottle Car Part 3

Aug 30, 2019

John Praleston

The original mounting bracket for the bottle cars (black) was a bit unstable down the track due to the short length. The new mounting bracket (white) is much more stable down the line due to its longer length.


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Toy Car Power Wheels Part 4

Aug 30, 2019

John Praleston

Final gas pedal prints installed. Gear is installed onto the potentiometer with throttle arm pressed against it.


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ASV Part 6

Aug 28, 2019

Marco Leo

This week I did some more tweaking with the code and electronics. I added the hall sensor switch, so now it rune only when the presence of a magnet is near the hall sensor.


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Pinball Machine Part 2

Aug 27, 2019

Andrew Potenza

This week I mainly worked on the support structures of the pinball machine and the extra detail before constructing the full playfield.


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Football Thrower Part 7

Aug 20, 2019

Andrew Kaye

The project is coming along very nicely.


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Pinball Machine

Aug 20, 2019

Andrew Potenza

I am making a completely custom-built Boca Bearings pinball machine.


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Football Thrower Part 6

Aug 16, 2019

Andrew Kaye

This week was a busy one.


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ASV Part 5

Aug 15, 2019

Marco Leo

I have sanded the hull and started to paint it. Now all that’s left for the main part of the boat is to print out the top portion, put it all together, sand it down, and attach it to the bottom portion of the hull.


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Toy Car Power Wheels Part 3

Aug 01, 2019

John Praleston

After a few weeks off, some lengthy rewiring, and a week and a half of learning Arduino coding the Audi car is operating correctly.


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Football Thrower Part 5

Jul 31, 2019

Andrew Kaye

This week, I made a decision to no longer use the arduino uno and xbox 360 controller for this project due to time constraints.


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ASV Part 4

Jul 31, 2019

Marco Leo

I’ve assembled the bottom portion of the hull. It is made up of six separate pieces and it’s entirely 3D printed.


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Football Thrower Part 4

Jul 26, 2019

Andrew Kaye

After many attempts to screw pieces together, I found that 1 inch drywall screws worked best.


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Football Thrower Part 3

Jul 24, 2019

This week has been a busy one. I cut all of the remaining pieces for the body and the base with the X-Carve


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ASV Part 3

Jul 23, 2019

Marco Leo

I've been doing some testing with the ultrasonic sensors that I might implement into the ASV or future projects


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ASV Part 2

Jul 17, 2019

Marco Leo

I have completed the overall wiring for the ASV


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Wire Bender Project

Jul 15, 2019

Marco Leo

This week I was working on the wire bender project started by a previous intern.


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Football Thrower Part 2

Jul 12, 2019

Andrew Kaye

This week, I 3D printed all of the prototypes of the pieces that will be printed


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ASV (Automated Surface Vehicle)

Jul 08, 2019

Marco Leo

I am currently working on designing/building an ASV (automated surface vehicle) that will avoid obstacles around it


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Toy Car Power Wheels Vid

Jul 08, 2019

John Praleston

Our intern John explains the modifications to his son's toy car


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Football Thrower

Jul 08, 2019

Andrew Kaye

This week I did much needed research on the design possibilities for the launching mechanism.


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Toy Car Power Wheels Part 2

Jun 21, 2019

John Praleston

There have been many updates to the design of the manual throttle setup. I wanted to insure that the pedal would not get stuck leaving my son not in control of the car.


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Toy Car Power Wheels

Jun 07, 2019

John Praleston

The next steps in the Audi Power Wheels upgrade are the mounting bracketing for the gas pedal and steering potentiometer sensors.


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Bottle Car Part 2

Jun 06, 2019

John Praleston

The design has been finalized using the two-part system.


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Time Lapse

Jun 04, 2019

Andrew Barbosa

Recently, Prusa Printers announced their upgrade to the MK3 printer, the MK3S. The upgrade is a total redesign of the extruder and includes a new filament sensor mechanism that is much more reliable for only about $20.


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Bottle Racer Launcher

May 20, 2019

John Praleston

I am working to improve and customize a bottle car racing system.


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Shirogorov Multi Row Bearing System Disassembly

Apr 05, 2019

Ben Flaum

In this video Daniel will walk us through disassembly of the multi row bearing system (MRBS) in a Shirogorov 95 series folding knife.


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Candy Sorter - Project Update 4

Mar 20, 2019

Andrew Barbosa

After making a list of all the needed changes to the sorter PCB I got to work redesigning the board. As I began working, I realized...


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Candy Sorter Project - Update 3

Feb 21, 2019

Andrew Barbosa

After setting up the board I was able to get the feeder motor spinning. It seemed like it was not behaving in an expected way so I began debugging by...


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