LVL1 has a small rivalry with a few of the regional hackerspaces. Back in October 2010, when we were but a fledgling space, we hosted a Sumo Bot tournament. Hive13 and Bloominglabs came by, and we kicked their butts. Hive13 held the rematch a few months ago, and I started work on my SumoBot. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish in time, but the effort itself is worthwhile, and my bot will live to see the next match.
Sumobots are robots which seek to push each other out of a small ring. The ring is black, with a white boundary circle. Two robots enter, one robot leaves. Our competitions use the Mini-Sumo class of rules, allowing for a Sumobot which can fit inside a 10cm by 10cm rectangular tube, weighing under 500 grams. I decided to print my SumoBot on our makerbot.