Maker Jerry Clarkin, builder of BattleBot – SubZero, and leader of Team Hammertime, took time away from making to answer a few questions about being a maker, competing, and building robots.
I build combat robots.
I build them to compete at engineering competitions such as BattleBots.
I am located in Malvern, PA.
I started making fighting robots in the year 2000 and have built 14 robots in the 120-340 lb weight classes. In 2011 I quit building robots and built a custom three wheel car from the ground up. Then in 2016, I got back into making combat robots because I love the competition, machine vs machine.
Back in 2000, we started watching the TV show BattleBots and the guys I work with told me I should enter. They knew I love to build things. It changed my life forever.
Everyone who builds inspires me, I enjoy looking at all kinds of machines and gadgets. They give me ideas, some of which I try to improve. I am also an accomplished inventor. I have had two auto mechanic tools go retail that I designed.
As for whats next? The new design of SubZero is in the works right now. I want to add more armor and a high temperature flame thrower.