only one pushout in the arena there would likely be
a large number of robots attempting to fill it.
Below floor level, the box is painted plywood.
Once you reach floor level, the majority of the
upper structure consists of hinged polycarbonate
panels to make it easier to see what’s happening in
the arena from that side.
The lighting system consists of a series of LED
strip lights wired together to provide even lighting
in environments that aren’t bright enough for
There is an element I haven’t discussed yet.
You may have noticed a square cutout in the center
of the arena. This is for the arena hazard. The
arena hazard is the creation of Charles Guan
( etotheipiplusone.net) and consists of a 12 inch
spinning disk that can be raised to flush with the
floor, or lowered several inches.
When operated in the low position, robots that
are unlucky enough to fall into the pit tend to get
spun around and bashed against the walls. This
effect is heightened by the 12” sanding pad that is stuck to the disk for events. It has been known to toss robots
out of the pushout on occasion.
All of the elements came together for Dragon*Con and the arena worked flawlessly. Since then, the arena
has been used by Atlanta Robotic Combat for a one and three pound combat event at the Atlanta Mini Maker
Faire with the intention of hosting more events in the future. SV
FIGURE 14. The arena hazard during testing.
FIGURE 15. Photo from the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire event. Also visible are the barrel bolts
used to provide additional support for the arena walls.
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