Friday, 29 August 2014

SMB's bearings are going to the movies...

It's always a delight to see new uses for our bearings & we're thrilled to have been in discussions with Dynamic Mounts International, manufacturers of camera stabilization & mounting equipment - our precision miniature bearings are on their way to Hollywood (well, sort of)!


Dynamic Mounts' movie & non-film credits read like an real Oscar winning performance.  From Disney, to Star Wars & James Bond onto the the Olympics - these guys have provided the camera equipment for it all.
Dynamic Mount's rig used for the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace"

We're proper chuffed to be a part of something so exciting :-)

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Joe Baldwin, downhill skater supremo (& supermodel)!

Check out these absolutely gorgeous pictures of downhill rider Joe Baldwin, taken by the extremely talented Robyn Harvey Coggans...

Joe Baldwin - one of the UK's top downhill skateboarders...

for Thrill Magazine & BTR (Born to Ride)






You can find out more & follow Joe's downhill adventures at his Tumblr page.

 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

3D printing, a possible future for bearing production?


Well, maybe... for one-off/bespoke items, but at the moment prohibitively expensive compared to conventional steel bearings which can be produced in bulk at just a few pence each!  

An exciting concept though & one worth watching as new materials are added to the 3D printing portfolio.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Cool use of bearings, in a 3D printed watch!

Bearings are often used in clock making & here's a beautiful, 3D printed example,
]created by Nicholas Manousos.


Of the bearings, Nicholas says:
"The ball bearings are the only movement part not made in house. At the large scale I work with it makes most sense to use ball bearings rather than traditional jewels. I experimented with printing jewels using high-strength polymers with acceptable results but found ball bearings to perform much better".