Tuesday, June 29, 2010

3D Ice Sculpting Made Easy with Actuated Linear Guide

Challenge: An innovative culinary arts company needed to take their global ice carving business to the next level. So they developed an upright CNC ice carving system that shapes both sides of large ice blocks and turns them into 3-D sculptures. They wanted to have the flexibility of being able to create these sculptures either in an environmentally controlled freezer or at outside events during the winter.

Solution: In their search they found Bishop-Wisecarver’s DualVee® new cold temperature stainless steel wheels and stainless steel track to guide the sculpting mechanism. They chose the DualVee wheels because of their ability to sweep away particulates such as ice chips and their ability to handle the extremely low operating temperatures. Once the components of the system were perfected, the Bishop-Wisecarver LoPro® low profile belt driven linear actuator with cold temperature stainless steel wheels and track was designed into the application. The LoPro moves the sculpting mechanism side-to-side as the carving bit cuts through the ice creating world class designs.

Bishop-Wisecarver’s driven LoPro modular belt system featuring the new DualVee low temperature guide wheels is the perfect solution for this extreme environment application. The low temperature wheel is designed to primarily meet the extreme low temperature demands of refrigeration, cold storage, and sub-zero climate applications. Available in sizes 1 through 4 from stock, the wheels feature type 440C stainless steel balls and races and type 304 stainless steel retainers infused with a special lubricant formulated to withstand service temperatures from -94°F to 230°F (-70°C to 110°C).

Products Used:
DualVee Low Temp Guide Wheels and Stainless Steel Track
LoPro® Belt Driven Linear Actuator

These guide wheels are ideal for low temp refrigeration!