Mechanical Engineering Services
“No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it.
We need to see the world anew.”
– Albert Einstein
a team of engineers and makers specializing in Automated Machine Design/Build, Show Action Equipment Design/Build, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). We have experience designing, analyzing, building, and installing various machines for industrial automation, ride automation, and show automation. additionally, we contract our services for structural, thermal, and vibration analysis. Our team includes professional engineers, mechanical engineers, and design engineers. We pride ourselves on finding the weak points in a design and proposing unique and cost-effective ways to solve them.
We take a different approach to the standard engineering and design team. We eliminated the traditional office space. Our team is decentralized and agile. This approach provides Apollo with access to high-end engineering/design talent independent of geography. We collaborate using advanced chat and video conferencing software. This approach has proven to be more effective than traditional office environments and allows our team to more effectively work away from home (e.g. client visits, site visits) and outside of traditional business hours. The advantage: an increased capacity to meet emergency client deadlines, and the ability to effectively interact with clients around the globe, regardless of time zone.
Portfolio Of Our Work
The Cliffhanger is an SDC Windstorm coaster located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It sits at an altitude of over 7,000 feet on the side of Iron Mountain. From the ride’s pinnacle, riders can see the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon 1,450 feet below! We provided engineering and design to upgrade this classic coaster with new controls and eddy current braking which enhances the rider experience.
End Of Arm Tool
In order to interact with their environment, robots generally need some form of tool at the end of the arm (End of Arm Tool or EOAT). We worked with Synertech Automation to design and engineer a tool to interact with eggs stacked on a pallet with dividers between layers. The tool is designed to lift several stacks of eggs, remove or place the dividers, and lift the empty pallet.
Giant Canyon Swing
The Giant Canyon Swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park sits atop a 1,300-foot cliff overlooking the Colorado River. It swings 4 passengers out over the edge and back at speeds approaching 50 mph. We provided engineering and design on a significant system refit and upgrade.
Designed by Cornell University, this telescope project required a portion of the assembly to be under vacuum as well as subjecting specific portion to cryogenic temperatures. We assisted Redline Chambers, Inc. with weld sizing and verification of material suitability by performing both structural and thermal FEA.
Show Prop Lift
Used to lift a show prop from beneath the stage during a regular show several times an hour. The system is composed of a nearly 18 ft column providing the base for a suspended platform guided on precision linear rails to nearly 18 feet above ground level. The motion is provided by an electric motor and belt drive offering tight position control for increased repeatability. This system design replaced a hydraulic scissor lift, previously utilized at other venues.
Space Simulation Chamber
Universities and labs doing research for the space industry require equipment where conditions unique to space can be simulated. Along with Redline Chambers, Inc. we designed a chamber for the University of South Florida based on their specific space simulation requirements. This chamber featured a chilling shroud and platen capable of maintaining an interior at a specific temperature specification. The vacuum and thermal control is automated and allows the user to program “recipes” or specific sets of vacuum and temperature parameters to fit a particular process.
Bungee jumping is a thrill for sure, but bungee jumping from a cabin suspended 400 feet over a canyon is just crazy. We designed and engineered an attraction for Vail Bungee in Wolcott, Colorado to do just that. The cabin is suspended on cables and is accessed by a cable bridge from the adjoining cliff face. Once in the cabin riders are one-by-one prepared and allowed to jump, and then quickly retrieved. This attraction will be open Winter 2021.
Leak Check Tool
Designed with adaptability in mind, this tool is used to facilitate the verification of leak tight cabinets for outdoor applications. The design accommodated 4 different sizes of rectangular cabinets and seals all openings in preparation for a pneumatic leak check process. We designed and built this tool per our customer’s specific set of requirements.
Working with Safety Management Services (SMS), Apollo helped an explosives manufacturer by designing, building, and installing a custom, remote-operated saw in under 3-months.
Explosives fill a vital role in many industries and can be tailored to a variety of applications. The saw we created is capable of simultaneously cutting several pieces of detonation cord to length for final use in several aerospace applications. Because the cords are made with explosive compressed powder, special provisions had to be made both in the design and during assembly to ensure that the energetic powder does not activate and damage or destroy the machine. Additionally, the saw and all its moving parts, are bonded and grounded to prevent static electricity activating the explosive powder. These requirements among others made this effort unique, exciting, and challenging.
Thank you to SMS for the vital role they played in providing hazard analysis support and expertise in processing energetic materials.