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MACROBots Test and Tune 01.15.22

Time for a Tune-up! Test and Tune your bot and hang out with your people! Join us for another working session for the best bot builders! Special Thank you to our sponsors at Ender Extender, SENDCUTSEND, Fingertech, and MatterHackers!


MACROBots Test and Tune 01.15.22


As this is a test and tune, just show up. 😉

The founding members of MACROBots (Maryland Area Combat Robotics Organization) and the Maryland Meltdown started putting the group together in 2018 as a way to build STEM interest and self-confidence in their kids. It quickly became apparent that there would be a greater appeal.

As an organization, our focus is going to be to promote a spirit of cooperation and good sportsmanship, with teams helping each other to progress in skill and to keep the fun in the competition. We intend to make open-source all of our designs so that interested participants do not have to start from scratch, and we are also happy to assist in the design and build process for those who need/want it.

Test and Tune is another in our lineup of events to advance robotics, the combat robotics sport, and engineering

We want everybody to be able to build, bash, break, and learn.

Test and Tune – Event Details:

Unall{0}cated Space, the venue, will have cold water and Gatorade available for the suggested donation of $1 per bottle. Any donation to help the venue is greatly appreciated, and will make holding events there easier in the future.

Test and Tune – Registration:

Dates: December 22, 2021 – January 14, 2022


COVID Considerations:

As the current state of the spread of COVID is fluctuating and there is the very real possibility that the State of Maryland, or Anne Arundel County, may impose restrictions on gatherings, the event is subject to cancellation. As such, no fees will be collected in advance. Please be prepared to pay at the door.

In order to comply with the current COVID rules in Maryland, Anne Arundel County and the venue’s rules, at the time of this posting (September 21, 2021), please review the following.

Please do NOT attend if you are feeling sick, running a fever, or have any other symptoms of COVID.

  • Wear your mask indoors.
  • Stay 6 feet apart.
  • 30 person maximum occupancy in the building, and no limit outside per UAS/Anne Arundel County rules.
  • Leave bathroom doors open so people can tell if they are occupied.
  • Make sure to fill out the COVID tracing/UAS Waiver form.

Weight Classes:

  • Plastic Ants only! (1 pound) – $15 entry fee payable in cash the day of the event.


  • 12:00pm – Event Starts
  • 8:00pm – Event ends

Test and Tune Check in procedure:

  1. As this is a test and tune, just show up. 🙂
  2. The $15 entry fee is to be paid in cash the day of the event.


  • Please see MACRO Robot Construction Specifications for construction specifications.
  • The least dangerous robot goes in the box first. The most dangerous goes in the box last.
  • The most dangerous bot comes out first, if at all possible, followed by the least dangerous bot.
  • We’ll have someone call the next match and the on-deck match.
  • We will also try to post the current brackets and next fight within the Discord event channel.
  • We’ll have 20 minutes between matches for any one bot, so towards the end, we will likely be having grudge matches to fill time.
  • No late hits. If the other bot is disabled, ask before you hit them again. Basically, be polite.
  • Have fun, play safe.


All bots will be required to follow safety rules and pass a safety check.

Safety Rules:

  1. If a battery becomes exposed, the match is over. This is a safety thing.
  2. Keep your bots turned off, weapons safeties on and the wheels off the ground, when not in the arena.


  • The pits will be outdoors. As such, please bring tables, chairs, sun canopies, sun screen, etc. (We know of at least one team that plans to pit out of their car.)
  • If you want power at your pit space, please bring an extension cord.

Other Info:

Want to compete but don’t know how to get started? Check out this very basic article on getting going.

The Naked Viper kit is designed to supply all of the electronics and mechanicals, other than the chassis, for antweight bots.

You’ll also need a transmitter/receiver combo like this, and probably a battery charger like this.

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