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How does air hockey work?

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An air hockey table works by way of a fan pumping air through tiny holes which are evenly distributed across the playing surface. The air from the fan provides lift for the puck, allowing it to glide over the smooth surface of the table.

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An air hockey table works with an electric current, which runs a fan or an array of fans underneath the playing surface. The air from the fans is pushed through multiple tiny holes which have been drilled throughout the entire area of the playing surface. The air escapes through the holes and provides a cushion of air that spreads evenly across the playing surface of the air hockey table. The air cushion gives lift to the lightweight plastic puck, and the players are able to hit it back and forth easily because of the lack of friction against the table. The absence of friction allows the puck to move freely and quickly without slowing down as it moves across the playing surface.

The edges of the air hockey table are raised above the playing surface in order to keep the puck inside the field of play. The goals for the game are open slots on either side of the table.

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