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Chimera Arts, a new makerspace in Sebastopol, Calif., hosted one of its first public events this Saturday, the 2013 Sonoma Ant Wars. Sonoma Ant Wars is a combat robot competition. Crowds gathered to watch fleaweights, antweights, and beetlebots bash, crash, grind, and chop each other in well-organized mayhem. Have a look at the fun in the images and video below.

(Chimera Arts will also be the broadcast location of MAKE’s international maker meetup/volume 35 release party this Thursday, Aug. 1. Click here for details.)

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Here are the results for the event.

Fleaweight (150 grams)
1st: Micro Drive – $100 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium, Pair of Dave’s Hubs
2nd: Mini Stumpy – $50 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium
3rd: Tiny Terror – $25 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium

Antweight (1 pound)
1st: Sabertooth – $100 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium, Pair of Dave’s Hubs
2nd: Splicer – $50 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium
3rd: Little Doom – $25 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium

Beetleweight (3 pounds)
1st: Squirty – $100 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium, Pair of Dave’s Hubs
2nd: Jason’s Revenge – $50 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium
3rd: Brew Winning – $25 cash prize, Chunk of Titanium

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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