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kkeerroo
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I can do that.

Any thoughts about a bit of 3mm steel sheet for the ant arena floor?
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What would 3 mm steel weigh? 35+kg? Is there an advantage to steel as opposed to wood?
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Post Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:57 pm 
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Yeh maybe not 3mm but a steel sheet could be used. Is there any reason to use it over MDF?

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it wont get full of holes?
and you can use magnetic wheels.
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An ant certainly won't get through 3 mm steel.

Where will the online meeting take place?
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Steel is cheap, lasts forever and flat.
I'm also thinking of ways to stop spinderella from getting airborne and magnets are the easiest.
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I have no objection to a steel floor.

I would just like it to be flat. I would also like the push out zones. Perhaps a steel floor around 900 x 900 could be placed in the centre of the arena. This could be surrounded with polycarbonate walls 150 mm high. The first 40 mm might have to be steel so that it will survive the spinners. Sections of the wall could drop out by remote control after two minutes.

What do you think?
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Magnets in ants pretty much makes all lifters/flippers useless.
Seems like we're only catering for the over powered spinners again. Razz
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I am not a fan of the magnets. Were they a good thing in robot sumo? Or was it just who could afford the best rare earth magnets.
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magnets sounds like a bad idea in my opinion

I reckon keep it standard that way its an even playing board across
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I have an upgrade idea for the ant arena.
1.2m x 1.2m x 12mm MDF sheet with L-Grooves cut into the corners to match the current ali L-Bracket so it can neatly slide into the current arena. Add 150mm high blocks between the old floor and the new floor to raise it up. This has three advantages:
- No Seam in the floor
- Makes it easier to grab the robots through the lid as the floor is closer.
- We can add a pit.
For the pit I was thinking a 150mm square hole cut along one edge mid way between the red and yellow squares. Keep the cut out part and reattach it with a hinge and add a small stick to hold it up when the pit is closed. Cut a hole in the polycarb wall under the floor and below the pit, probably 150 square again, to allow access to the stick and robots that have fallen in. We could then put a pit button on the opposite side to the arena. That would just be a sticker on the wall and when the referee sees a robot touch the sticker he/she would pull out the stick propping up the pit, robot wars style. That way it is up to the builders if the pit is used or not and makes it more interesting to watch. And easy to make.

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http://calbugs.com/CIB%20Arena.jpg

This type of arena would be better for spinners and flippers. Pits would be better for wedges. I reckon.
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I tried to buy a bit of 1.2m x 1.2m wood yesterday but it wouldn't fit in the car. Would I still get complaints about two bits of 1.2 x 0.6m bits joined together?

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Well if you want to make it into a raised platform then let me know the size I can cut an exact sheet to fit on top out of one of the old roof sheets.

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I'll knock up a quick drawing when I get to work tomorrow

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