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Steel Shots: The Man Behind the Scenes
Posted by Alison Trost on May 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM.


Robot programmer Brian Simons stands by the Power Wave i400 and FANUC ARC Mate robotic arm used in the movie Iron Man 2. Robert Downey Jr. (a.k.a. Tony Stark, engineering genius) and director Jon Favreau autographed both pieces of equipment.


Iron Man 2 is set to hit theaters today, and we thought we’d present a closer look at the machinery — and the programmer — that made it possible for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to build his Iron suit. A Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400 welding power source and a FANUC ARC Mate 100iC robotic arm were used to fabricate the Iron suit. Brian Simon of Lincoln Electric was lucky enough to be the representative on set, controlling the robots for RDJ.


“Responding to immediate client needs at Lincoln prepared me to react on the studio’s set at a moment’s notice,” Simons said. “Being involved with the film was truly an incredible experience.”


To see the movie trailer for Iron Man 2 click here. Be sure to note at 17 seconds as the robots make their debut removing iron man’s suit while he’s on stage.


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