Introducing #AcnodeFeatures: Feature #1 The Rocker Bogie

At Acnode, we are all about making stuff. This forms the basis of our company as we exist in an ecosystem of people who love to tinker. In this spirit, we are starting a series dubbed #AcnodeFeatures that will highlight interesting projects done by our teams, our partners and our customers. Every month we will feature at least one project that can be replicated using items from our hardware store, not only to highlight the work of the curious minds behind them but also to act as a form of inspiration to those interested in making stuff too. Some will be functional, some not so much but guaranteed all will be interesting. This series is in line with one of our missions to empower a generation of makers and curious minds.

Our very first #AcnodeFeature is the Rocker Bogie. Built in part from items from our store and a winning project in the JKUAT Tech Expo in 2016, the project is inspired by technology used in the Mars Exploratory Rovers.

FILE – This photo released by NASA shows a self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

Here’s a little more about the Rocker Bogie:

The Problem: There is a general mobility problem when it comes to rough and rocky terrains with un-even ground surface and especially when encountering obstacles of height higher than the radius of the wheel of the vehicle.

The Solution: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had previously solved this problem by designing a mechanism known as a Rocker Bogie mechanism used on its Mars Exploratory Rovers (MERs) that is capable of maneuvering over obstacles while maintaining great stability. This project determines that the same technology used by NASA in its space program may as well be used in special application vehicles here on earth to be used by the military, in mining operations, rescue operations and even off-road sports activities.

The Implementation: The mechanism was designed and simulated using specifications of an already existing military vehicle, it was scaled down and the scaled down design was fabricated into a working model and tested to determine if the technology has the potential to be used in special application vehicles.
This scale model demonstrated the ability of the rocker bogie mechanism to tackle physical barriers that are larger than the diameter of its wheels and hence justified the adoption of the technology to be used in the military, mining operations, rescue operations and off-road motor sports.

The Result:

This photo shows one of the Rocker Bogie Assembly Drawings

You can view the Rocker Bogie implementation in the video below:

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Acnode: Innovation that Stands Out

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Acnode Engineering Solutions was set up on the premise that the tools needed to innovate should be more accessible to the people who need them. We are passionate about technology and recognize its potential as a tool to transform lives by improving social and economic conditions. Therefore we are constantly working to facilitate innovation in hardware and software that can help with this transformation.

Through our hardware retail store, we help students, hobbyists, makers, entrepreneurs and open source hardware enthusiasts to build better projects by providing the affordable and quality tools they require to quickly prototype and develop new designs. By partnering with educators and others passionate about our cause, we also hope to introduce these technologies to a much larger audience. (If you’re an educator and want to partner with us, talk to us today.) Whether a novice or an expert, there are awesome things that can be built using these tools, both for fun and for functional purposes to solve everyday problems. We plan to roll out programmes soon catering to both demographics.

Through our engineering teams, we are constantly working to innovate to address issues we believe we have the capacity to tackle and to solve problems using the tools we have at our disposal. Expect to learn more about the things we are working on over the coming months through our blog.

What does Acnode even mean?

We stand out by definition:

Acnode: An isolated point not on a curve, but whose coordinates satisfy the equation of the curve

What sets us apart:

Value & Purpose: Our focus is to create exceptional value in our products and services. Furthermore, we believe that these products and services should have a positive social and economic impact. 

Sustainability: At Acnode, we believe in sustainable solutions for the future. We recognize that how the company operates has a bearing on future generations. Sustainability underlines all our operations and represents one of our core values.

Accessibility: We believe in creating products and services that are accessible to everyone and that our educational tools can help create the future generation of world-changers.

Whether individual, corporate or industry, we are focused on providing the best possible solutions to you at the best possible value. But don’t take our word for it, try our services today! And keep up with this blog to follow us on our journey of fun and innovation.

Want to learn more or make an inquiry? Email: info@acnode.co.ke

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