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==Full size maze==
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===Floor Panels===
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All maze panels are identical and are typically made from 12mm MDF. A tongue and groove arrangement on the op and right edge serves to align adjacent panels with a minimum risk of steps or gaps.
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Each is 1080mm square with the post holes 10mm from the left and bottom edges, and 160mm from the top and right edges.
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The size is chosen for maximum flexibility while still making it easy to transport in a typical family car.
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A 1220mm x 2440mm sheet contains enough material to make two panels and 48 walls with care. Note that 48 walls is not really enough for a 5x11 maze. 75 walls would be a better number.
  
 
==Half size mazes==
 
==Half size mazes==
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===Half size floor panels===
 
The maze base is made from 12mm MDF routed to size and with the holes drilled using a CNC router. If you need this done, email [mailto:UKMARS@swallow.co.uk UKMARS@swallow.co.uk] and we will try and arrange it. They cost £40 per pair for collection from Stroud. This can be used on its own for mazes up to 10 by 10 or with a tongue and groove arrangement similar to the full-size maze to allow them to be extended to any desired size.
 
The maze base is made from 12mm MDF routed to size and with the holes drilled using a CNC router. If you need this done, email [mailto:UKMARS@swallow.co.uk UKMARS@swallow.co.uk] and we will try and arrange it. They cost £40 per pair for collection from Stroud. This can be used on its own for mazes up to 10 by 10 or with a tongue and groove arrangement similar to the full-size maze to allow them to be extended to any desired size.
  

Revision as of 21:59, 28 July 2018

Make your own practice or contest maze

Full size maze

Floor Panels

All maze panels are identical and are typically made from 12mm MDF. A tongue and groove arrangement on the op and right edge serves to align adjacent panels with a minimum risk of steps or gaps.

Each is 1080mm square with the post holes 10mm from the left and bottom edges, and 160mm from the top and right edges.

The size is chosen for maximum flexibility while still making it easy to transport in a typical family car.

A 1220mm x 2440mm sheet contains enough material to make two panels and 48 walls with care. Note that 48 walls is not really enough for a 5x11 maze. 75 walls would be a better number.

Half size mazes

Half size floor panels

The maze base is made from 12mm MDF routed to size and with the holes drilled using a CNC router. If you need this done, email UKMARS@swallow.co.uk and we will try and arrange it. They cost £40 per pair for collection from Stroud. This can be used on its own for mazes up to 10 by 10 or with a tongue and groove arrangement similar to the full-size maze to allow them to be extended to any desired size.

The panels used for the half-size maze are the same as those used for a full-size maze as described by Duncan Louttit and Bernard Grabowski at the 2018 Minos conference. You can find the descriptions here:

Maze Making Slides

Maze Making Notes


The walls are 3D printed in ABS in four pieces. There are two identical thin wall sections that are glued together with acetone. This means that the outsides are the face that is printed on the bed of the printer for best finish.

Half size wall assembly
Half size wall end cap
One side of a half size wall panel

These parts will need fettling on a piece of fine sandpaper to avoid printing flash etc.

The posts are 3D printed in ABS as two pieces glued together with acetone. They are printed flat-side down on the bed. This ensures that the layers are in the correct orientation for strength.

half size post half
Post assembly.jpg

These parts will need fettling with a swiss file to remove printer artefacts as needed. The prototypes were printed in TitanX white ABS on a Robox printer.