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  • R-Tech Welding Interview Robo Challenge about House Robots for new Robot Wars Series

    R-Tech Welding caught up with Robo Challenge to discuss the building of the updated house robots for the up-coming new series of Robot Wars. Robo Challenge purchased an R-Tech MIG180, MIG250 and TIG210EXT to construct these huge robots.

    Q - It has been 12 years since the last series of Robot Wars was filmed. What upgrades have you given the house robots to keep up with the changes in technology?

    In the last 12 years, technology and materials have improved significantly. These include ultra-lightweight and powerful Lithium Polymer batteries giving increased performance and more spare weight to dedicate to weapons and armour. Motor technology has improved significantly in the recent years with small lightweight and powerful brush-less motors, these can be up to 10x lighter than older brushed motor technology.

    With this in mind we knew the House Robots needed more drive power, more weapon power, more armour and also a lot more weight behind them. The drive on Matilda and Shunt are around 12x the power of their predecessors.

    Shunts axe is immensely more powerful than it used to be, running at higher CO2 pressures and a much larger weapon overall. Every single element of each robot has been improved to take on the ever increasing power of the competitors.

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    Q - How did Robo Challenge get involved with Robot Wars?

    Robo Challenge are contacted regularly with regards to creative engineering projects for TV shows and PR campaigns. Our reputation of high quality work, fast turn arounds and friendly family run business means we are the go-to company for a lot of exciting projects such as this.

    Q - What metals are the robots made from?

    Each House Robot is created with unique materials and metals to suit their needs. We use a wide range of metals such as mild steel chassis’, Hardox wear plate weaponry, Armox armour plating and Titanium such as the axe head on Shunt. Some of the robots even have thick fibreglass bodies to create the more organic profiles that help create the character of the machines.

    Q - The making of the robots included welding using an R-Tech MIG180, MIG250 and TIG210EXT. What were the team’s thoughts on using these machines?

    Welders and Plasma cutters were the 2 main tools we used to create the robots. This meant that they were in use constantly, with often 3 welders and the plasma cutter being used at the same time for hours on end each day. With such a wide range of metals to work with, the tools performed flawlessly. We had to weld and cut anything from 1mm mild steel sheet up to 20mm thick Hardox wear plate. The ease and speed of set up of all of our tools are critical to get large projects like this completed quickly and to extremely high standards. The R-Tech equipment didn’t disappoint. It’s nice to finally weld with a TIG that’s silent and doesn’t interfere with the old analogue radio!

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    Q - How long did it take to build each of the robots?

    Ideas, sketches and meetings went on for quite some time before Robot Wars was announced on what the house robots would be, how they would function and what components would be used. We then had around 7-8 weeks to get all 4 physically built and transported up to Glasgow ready for battle. This was very tight, and I am extremely happy with the end results.

    Q - How many of you are there in the team and do you have dedicated team members for each robot?

    During our initial designs and discussions, it was clear that we each had our favourite robot from the original series, and our ideas grew with our passion for working on that machine. With this in mind we split into 3 teams, with a leader of each to work on and create the 3 smaller House Robots, Matilda, Dead Metal and Shunt. We then all joined together to create the 741kg beast that is Sir Killalot!

    Q - Did you come across any issues in the rebuild and how did you overcome them?

    Collectively, our main team of 4 have over 55 years experience in building fighting robots, and with that comes a lot of knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. Just like an engineer can look at a problem and find the solution out of instinct, we can do the same with robots. We have created all sorts of projects for TV and PR campaigns so we are very familiar with the technologies used, the reliability and how these components work in unconventional circumstances. We had very few issues along the way, which is what allowed us to complete them in such a short timescale. There are the obvious things where we have a change of mind of the placement of a component or the visual aspect wanted tweaking, but all in all the builds went very smoothly.

    R-Tech Welder building Robot Wars House Robot 2

    Q - There are only 4 house robots, how did you decide which ones to bring back?

    I think this was the easiest choice for everyone involved. As consultants on the show, we searched on Robot Wars fan pages and websites where there were LOTS of discussions about the original house robots, which ones they liked and which they didn’t. There was a clear top 4, each with unique characters and weaponry that we felt could really be improved upon. We sent our findings and opinions to Mentorn (Production company behind the original and new Robot Wars) and BBC who also agreed that bringing back Matilda, Dead Metal, Shunt and Sir Killalot was a great way to kick off the new series. Early on there were discussions of creating all new designs, however I think BBC have made a great choice with bringing the fan favourites back, evolved and better than ever.

    Q - What weapons have each of the robots got?

    Each House Robot is unique in its weaponry.

    Matilda : Flipping tusks capable of lifting 1.5tonnes, and a 35kg Hardox flywheel on the rear to tear into its prey.

    Dead Metal : Large 1.4m wide grapplers clamp with 300kg to hold opponents in place, whilst the 450mm dia 4000rpm friction saw cuts through almost any material.

    Shunt : Titanium tipped axe, that swings over in less that 0.25ms onto its opponents. Powered by CO2 it also has a Hardox Bucket on the front to flip with more than 350kg of force.

    Sir Killalot : 2 large hydraulic operated arms capable of lifting 300kg each. One is equipped with a large drill lance, and the other with a powerful crushing claw with more than 2500kg of crush at the tips.

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    Q - Will there be more series made?

    We can only speculate at this point as the new series that was filmed in March this year has not been aired or seen yet. Until feedback and viewing figures come in I doubt we will hear anything regarding another series. The hype online so far is immense, and I genuinely hope the show is a huge success. I grew up watching Robot Wars as a child and started building my own smaller robots in school, sculpting my career and ultimately leading to the creation of our company Robo Challenge. There are very few TV shows that can reach such a wide range of audience, whilst at the same time promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, which is key for the younger generation.

    Q - What is the next project for Robo Challenge?

    At Robo Challenge we are almost always working on something exciting, but sadly we are not allowed to say exactly what they are until our projects appear to the public. However, Keep an eye on CBBC for Dick and Dom’s Absolute Genius, and The Gadget Show in the near future for some of the builds we are currently working on!

     

  • R-Tech Welding Equipment is now on Instagram

    Here at R-Tech Welding we love to interact with our community of welders. We enjoy seeing your work, whether you are a fabricator, an artist, a hobbyist or a structural welder we want to see what you are welding. We have now created an Instagram account to make it even easier for you to share you work with us. Simply use #rtechwelding on your posts and follow our Instagram page here.

    You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • New R-Tech Mig Welder 450A Inverter With MMA & DC Tig - 415V

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest MIG welder into the R-Tech range of machines.

    The MTS450SWF Inverter MIG, MMA & DC TIG welder features a high 60% duty cycle, separate wire feed unit with 15KG reel capacity, heavy duty trolley and MIG wave adjustment for fine control of welding arc. Ideal for maintenance, automotive and heavy fabrication welding.

    The MTS450 MTS450STW-OPThas a separate 4-Roll geared wire feed unit which provides a consistent weld bead. It also provides very smooth low splatter welds on all steels and aluminium due to its inverter technology.

    It will weld from as low as 40 Amps in MIG mode all the way up to 450 Amps, and then from 20 Amps to 450 Amps in TIG DC mode making it extremely versatile.

    The  R-Tech MTS450SWF MIG-TIG-ARC Welder comes as a complete package with a 3M MB36 Air Cooled MIG Torch, an earth lead, an MMA lead, a gas hose, mains cable, a gas regulator and a torch consumables kit.

    For more information please click the link below:

    R-Tech MTS450SWF MIG-TIG-ARC Welder

  • New R-Tech Plasma CNC Cutting System is Now Available

    Plasma CNC cutting systems have been around for a long time. However the price of these systems has meant that they were unattainable for a lot of people. R-Tech have now produced a full system at a more affordable price.

    The incredible CNC cutting table system from R-Tech is a computer controlled CNC plasma cutting station producing accurate and detailed cut parts for light manufacturing, D.I.Y and creative art uses. Complete system including R-Tech P50CNC Plasma Cutter, PC and software.

    Click below link to view

    R-Tech CNC Plasma Cutting System with 240V CNC Plasma Cutter

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  • New Digital 160A DC Tig Welder - runs on a 13A 240V supply

    We are proud to release our latest 160Amp 240V DC Digital TIG Welder.

    Featuring a massive 35% duty cycle, 9 job memory store, full control of all welding parameters including pre-gas, start amps, slope up, main / pulse amps, down-slope, final amps and post flow gas, this truly is a welder for the enthusiast / professional.

    This will run on a 13A 240V supply so you can use anywhere with a domestic 240V supply!

    Comes with a WP17 Ultra-Flex torch - Flexi head and also extremely flexible torch cable with swivel giving the utmost comfort when welding.

    Featuring full pulse welding with controls for Pulse Amps, Width and % on time so easy to setup for customers new to pulse welding.

    Covered by our no quibble 2 year collect and return warranty - We pay to collect, repair and return welder to you via next working day courier - quick and easy. You don't have to worry about sending item to us at your cost like many of our competitors do!

    We also offer a 10 year duty of care on all our products so if you need any spares in the future we'll have them on the shelf for you.

    Currently offered with a remote foot pedal at £89 + VAT, Normally £149 + VAT

    Full details can be found by clicking the link below

    R-Tech TIG160PD DC Digital Tig Welder

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  • Robot Wars & R-Tech

    Earlier this year we were proud to supply Robo Challenge with the welding machines they needed to create the amazing House Robots for new series of Robot Wars.

    Robo Challenge sent us some photo's via our Facebook page:

    ''We are really pleased to team up with R-Tech Welding as our latest partner. The amazing welding & cnc plasma cutting equipment helped our team create the brand new house robots for Robot Wars.''

    ''You can see these evil creations when the show launches later this year on BBC 2!''

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  • LaSquare Combination Square - Wide Faced - Wider is Better!!

     

    LaSquare review by John Mills - AKA Doubleboost

    R-Tech is proud to announce that we are now the sole UK distributor of the 'LaSquare' Wide based combination square. With the options of a 12'' or 24'' stainless steel rule available. Our friend John aka Doubleboost has reviewed this product for us.

    The LaSquare Combination Wide Faced Square can be purchased in 12'' or 24'' rule length.

     

  • New 170A AC-DC Digital TIG Welder with PFC and runs on a 13A 240V supply

    We are proud to release our latest 170Amp 240V AC/DC Digital Tig Welder.

    Featuring PFC (Power Factor Correction) this will run on a 13A 240V supply so you can use anywhere with a domestic 240V supply!

    Featuring a massive 60% duty cycle, 4 x AC waveforms , 9 job memory store, full control of all welding parameters including pre-gas, start amps, slope up, main / pulse amps, down-slope, final amps and post flow gas, this truly is a welder for the enthusiast / professional.

    Comes with a WP26 Ultra-Flex torch - Flexi head and also extremely flexible torch cable with swivel giving the utmost comfort when welding.

    Featuring full pulse welding with controls for Pulse Amps, Widith and % on time and advanced pulse welding with easy setup for customers new to pulse welding.

    Covered by our now quibble 2 year collect and return warranty - We pay to collect, repair and return welder to you via next working day courier - quick and easy. You don't have to worry about sending item to us at your cost like many of our competitors do!

    We also offer a 10 year duty of care on all our products so if you need any spares in the future we'll have them on the shelf for you.

    Currently offered with a free remote foot pedal.

    Full details can be found by clicking the link below

    R-Tech TIG170EXT AC/DC Digital Tig Welder

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  • New Ultra-Flex Torches supplied with R-Tech AC-DC Tig Welders

    We have upgraded our torches that come with the R-Tech AC/DC Tig Welders at no extra cost!

    The new Ultra-Flex range of torches feature a flexible head and ultra-flexible cable and sheath as standard.

    Flexible head allows you to move head into different positions and is ideal when welding in difficult to get to areas.

    Ultra flexible cable and sheath give increased user comfort and help reducing fatigue when welding.

    Replacement / upgrade torches available seperately here - R-Tech Ultra Flex Tig Torches

    Available in WP9, WP26 Air cooled and WP18,20 Water Cooled versions

     

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  • New updated how to use a plasma cutter guide

    Interested in Plasma Cutting and wondered what it's all about? Then take a look at our updated Plasma Cutting guide - Every metalworker should have one - So much easier than cutting discs and hacksaws - and a lot more fun !

    Featuring basic setup, different machine options and thier benifits, how they work and some demonstration videos to boot.

    You can view the plasma cutting guide by clicking link below

    How to use a Plasma Cutter Guide

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