STEPHEN’S GOT A COM­BAT BOT

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

Over the years, when Stephen has not been too busy tinker­ing with dis­rup­tive ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, he and some friends de­cided to build a ro­bot to com­pete in Ro­bot Wars be­fore the tele­vi­sion show was axed by the BBC ear­lier this year. He still plans to work on the ro­bot, though, and talked us through some of the en­gi­neer­ing in­spi­ra­tion he’d found while ob­serv­ing ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment. “Quite a lot of the equip­ment to help with [ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion] is built with a space frame; a box sec­tion, welded up quickly. The rea­son we de­cided to do that with our ro­bot was sim­plic­ity and it’s the rea­son why car mak­ers em­ploy it too. So it’s quite in­ter­est­ing to see that kind of thing done. But the com­bat ro­bot is a very dif­fer­ent thing to a car fac­tory.”

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