Introduction to Fighting Robots at  – Honolulu, HI

Introduction to Fighting Robots at – Honolulu, HI

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Don’t miss this upcoming Event In Honolulu, HI. Happening on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at . Doors open at 10:00 AM.

Level: Beginner

This workshop will provide an introduction to building combat robots, similar to the ones from the TV shows BattleBots or Robot Wars. Combat robots are radio-controlled machines that fit under a weight limit, generally use wheels, and are meant to disable other robots in matches in an enclosed arena. We will be doing kit builds for the 1 lb plastic ant weight class, which is material-restricted to plastics that can be printed on an inexpensive 3d printer. The 1 lb class is the largest class that the Hawaii arena supports. 

The next fighting robot tournament is scheduled for 11/24/24 and will be optional for workshop participants to attend if they’d like. A link with details about this optional event is below and more information will be provided during the workshop.

What You’ll Experience:

 You will be assembling 1 of 3 different plastic ant weight kits from Palm Beach Bots:

Plastic Poison – An undercutter, like a mix of Tombstone and Valkyrie
Dead Shaft Delight – A drum spinner, like Copperhead
Super Scooper – A lifter

All the robots have similar electronics, so we will be soldering them together before assembling them. At the end, you will have the option to fight your robot in the arena if you’d like.

Note: We will try to have spare parts on hand, but combat robot fights do result in parts of the robots being broken. It is part of the hobby. Since we will be using kits, replacement parts are available if you ever need to purchase them. Generally, damage is limited to losing a motor, losing a tire, or cracking a 3d printed part. No single part of these robots costs over $20.

You will have the option to take a 30 to 60 minute lunch break during this workshop. Since participants will be working at their own pace for a good portion of this workshop, the timing of this break will be up to you. No food is allowed inside the workshop space. However, there are numerous eateries located within a 10 minute walk or a 3 minute drive from our location.

Robot Choices:

After you purchase your ticket, please reach out no later than 6/20/24 to with your choice of robot (choices can be found by viewing the Fighting Robot Choices Document in the link below). We will make every attempt to provide your choice, as long as the manufacturer has it in stock. If it is not in stock, a different option will be selected for you. If you sign up for this workshop after 6/20/24 or if you don’t send us your robot choice before then, you will be able to choose your robot from what we have available on the day of the workshop.

Fighting Robot Choices Document

Skills You’ll Develop:

Driving Combat Robots

Tools Used:

Soldering Iron
Wire Strippers
Battery Charger

Materials Used:

1 lb Plastic Ant Weight Fighting Robot Kit
Fly-Sky FS-i6 Radio
Turnabot 2S Dual Battery Charger

About Your Instructor:

Ian McMahon participated on the TV show, BattleBots, in 2016. He started competing with combat robots over 20 years ago with the 1 lb class. He ran events and hosted workshops in Houston, TX until moving to Honolulu, HI in 2022.


If you would like to make a different robot from the choices provided or a robot from a different weight class, please reach out no later than 6/15/24 to with your question to be forwarded to the instructor. It may be possible to work out making a different robot, but this is not guaranteed. If it is possible, it will incur an extra cost. It will not be possible to discuss making a different robot after 6/15/24.

Optional Tournament Information: 

Weight Classes: 150g, 1 lb Plastic, 1 lb Full Combat
Requirements: Closed-Toed Shoes, Reading Glasses (if you require them)
Prerequisites: None
Discounts: 5% off for 

HNL Tool Library active members use code ‘MEMBER5’ 
Senior Citizens with a valid ID that shows the age of 65+ use code ‘SENIOR5’ 
Students with an ID that shows validation for the current semester use code ‘STUDENT5’
Military (active duty, reserve, or retired) with an ID using the code ‘MILITARY5’

Due to the cost of materials for this workshop, we cannot offer the 20% discount we offer on most workshops to members, senior citizens, students, and military. We hope you understand.

These codes apply to the entitled person only, not to friends and family. Use promo code during checkout. Please bring relevant ID to class.

Cancellation policy: You may cancel your booking up until 6/20/24 and obtain a refund; a $10 cancellation fee will be charged. No refund to be issued for any cancellations after 6/20/24. Tickets cannot be transferred to a future workshop.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2024 @ 10:00 AM




200 Keawe St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA, Honolulu, HI 96813

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