Some of our Youngest Participants

On December 15, 2018Carolina Combat Robots will present Wreck The Halls at Makerspace Charlotte. Have you ever watched battle bots? This is a 3D printed battle bot, AKA a Plastic Ant Combat Competition. It will be a low key event with the emphasis on FUN. All the details are below. Chuck Butler, co-founder of Carolina Combat Robots, has been hosting meetings to help new participants and old, design and build their combat ant bots.

NOTE: Due to limited space viewing will not be open to the public.

Antbot body fresh off the printer

The Details:

1 lb Plastic Ants:
PET, PETG, ABS, or PLA, PLA+, HIPS are the only materials that can be used for the chassis, weapons and wheels. You can add something to the tread of the wheels for extra grip on the arena floor. Otherwise if I can touch it, it has to be plastic. It’s ok to epoxy or screw 3D printed components together; it’s ok if the heads of the screws are visible, as long as they’re only used for minimal support — like attaching the top onto the sides of the robot, or gluing two 3D printed parts together at the seam if they’d be bigger than the 3D printer base. Motors, electronics, axles, fasteners and adhesives can be any material, but cannot be used in such a way to enhance the structural integrity, armor the robot, or enhance any weapon. No other types of plastics or materials allowed (No, Carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass are not polymers, nor are plastics supplemented with them like NylonX or Onyx)

This event is to encourage the use of 3D printers and design software, as well as helping you to learn the basics of building your own open class Combat Robot. Trophies will also be 3D Printed 🙂

Robots may be disqualified at the Event Organizer’s discretion if it is deemed to violate the spirit of the class. Contact the event organizer ahead of time if you are not sure your robot meets the above definition. All entry fees go to help out MakerSpace Charlotte.

Event information

Location: MakerSpace Charlotte, 
1801 North Tryon St, Suite 611
Charlotte, NC 28206
on north side of building
Check-in and safety inspections: Saturday 8-9:30am 
Builders’ meeting: 9:30am
Competition: 10:00am-till we are done. 

Wreck the Halls 2018 Antbot Competition