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Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:28 pm

hey guys. i've been seeing a lot of these new nanoweight robots popping up both on here and on FB. as you know i'm gonna be hosting a nanoweight rumble at antweight open and i'm thinking of building my own nanoweight arena as i think it'll probably be pretty easy.

pre build questions:

size?

wall height?

would a see through plastic box be ok for the battle box?
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Rapidrory » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:51 pm

For reference, mine is 33x38cm, which is a touch on the small side, but was what was required to fit under the battle box I used. 50cmx50cm would be a much better size.

Wall height would be around 30mm, though it doesn't matter too much.

And although a plastic box does work, I wouldn't say it's an ideal solution :P If you can make a custom polycarb box that would be much better!
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:20 pm

hi Rory.

would these dimensions be ok?

width: 27.5cm

lengh: 35cm.

i have drawn out the board and mapped out the drop off which i'm limiting to a 13 cm gap at opppsite ends. these gaps will be at opposite sides at each end so at one end if you push your opponent far enough diagonally right from the middle you'll get them out and at the other end if you push far enough diagonally left from the middle you'll get them out. to combat the point raised in the dropoff debate about robots using the walls to get the opponent out, i've mapped out a 1 inch section of wall in the corners of the dropoff sections. i deliberately chose 1 inch wall-push restriction walls as 1 inch is half the size of the maximum a nanoweight can be so if a robot were to display a combination of particularly good pushing power, good control over the opponent being pushed out and reasonably accurate driving skill it could potentially force the opponent around the wall and off the arena. i don't have my own nano and tbh i doubt i'll be building one any time soon but i want to make at least one of the antweight open arenas myself and this seemed like the easiest one to do.

as for the battle box i think i'll just put it inside the ant arena as it's small enough.
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Rapidrory » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:53 pm

Little bit on the small side, but otherwise sounds good!
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:37 pm

cut the main arena floor board today.

measurements are:

width: 37cm
lengh: 62 cm

i've drawn out some 1.5cm high walls, they will be cut at the weekend.
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:30 pm

hi guys i've finished it. here are the final specifications.

construction material: 10mm MDF.

width: 370mm

lengh: 620mm

dropoff: 4X 100mm gaps at opposite ends of the arena.

wall height: 10mm.

ditch depth: 20mm from direct drop off, 30mm including wall.

the arena should stand up to nanoweight spinners. it will be placed inside the main arena battlebox. elimination occurs on contact with the main arena floor as the arena does not have it's own ditch floor. i deliberately made the walls very low in the hope that a decent flipper nano might get an opponent over which would be cool
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Spaceman » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:17 pm

What thickness of polly carb would be a minimum for enclosing a nanoweight arena?
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:45 pm

1mm would be quite sifficient i should think but for antweight open i'm just gonna put it inside the ant arena as it will fit easily.
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:14 pm

started building another nanoweight arena today. this one will have walls all the way round and two internal pits. at antweight open, nanos will have ten seconds to escape the pit. i thought it might be an interesting thing to try out.
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Tue May 26, 2015 4:47 pm

hi everyone. i noticed at antfreeze, robots were flying out of my old nano arena rather too easily. to counter this problem, i have constructed a new nano arena that is about twenty centimetre squared larger than the old one. this one is 71 by 60 cm which i think is a nice size for the nanos. here are some pictures of it. :)
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by AntRoboteer » Tue May 26, 2015 5:55 pm

That looks awesome! I've got to get a nano running at some point so I can join in with the rest of you in that fantastic arena. I prefer the wider style over the old, narrower one I must say. Looks great! :-)

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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Tue May 26, 2015 8:13 pm

thanks! i too have plans for a new nanoweight. they're so cheap to build and fun to compete with. i'm hoping to debute this arena at antweight open in november unless an event organizer would like the use of it before that in which case, provided i can make the event the answer will always be yes.
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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by peterwaller » Wed May 27, 2015 7:27 am

I think the increase in size is good.
The original nano's tended to be slow and well suited to the small arena but now they are faster staying in is much more difficult especially if you drive like me.

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Re: Nanoweight arena.

Post by Hogi » Wed May 27, 2015 7:25 pm

my thoughts exactly. ( apart from the bit about your driving, in fact, i've always thought you are a rather good driver :) ) i just thought that now we are all likely to start using those really speedy drive units, it might be better to have a larger arena with less drop off so that the battles have a chance of lasting longer than ten seconds before one drives out by accident. drop off on this arena is limited to four 10cm gaps on two opposite sides of the arena which i think should be enough for most nanos to score a pushout provided they had a good enough grip on their opponent. spinners shouldn't fly out on every hit because of the arena's large size but the walls are only about 1cm tall so it should be possible to bounce a spinner out/for a spinner to bounce it's opponent out as long as they are near enough to the edge when the impact occurs. in fact, it shouldn't be that difficult for any robot to win by forcing their opponent over the walls. all in all i think it's a pretty balanced arena. lots of room for spinners, a decent amount of drop off for pushers and low walls for flippers.
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