A North-east team will be making their second appearance on Robot Wars tomorrow night.
Gary Cairns, 29, first took part in the BBC series in 2004, when he won as part of Team Typhoon II.
He returned to the popular show last year with the spinner robot PP3D.
Now, Gary, alongside his fiancee, Sarah and friend Laurence Hosie from Mintlaw are returning to the Robot Wars arena with PP3D.
Gary, who owns the company PlastiPrint 3D, said: “We’ve really upgraded PP3D since last year.
“After winning back in 2004 it was a no brainer for us to enter again for the new era.
“The technology developments have been wonderful. We can now do things with the upgrades that weren’t possible back during the show’s original run. The machines are so much more powerful.”
He added: “This series, the guys who built the arena had a lot of work on their hands. It takes a hell of a battering.”
PP3D, a T-shaped chassis with a large under-cutter, might never have had the chance to be upgraded if it weren’t for the help of a £3,223 crowdfunder that provided the team with the much-needed funds to pay for the work.
Gary said: “It’s now the world’s first crowdfunded robot.
“We made a kickstarter hoping that we might be able to afford to upgrade PP3D. More than 70 people from around the world donated money to help upgrade him.”
For Gary, making robots is all about having fun and putting in the effort.
He said: “You just have to be passionate about it. It should matter at the end of the day how much you spent on it or anything. I have great respect for anyone that goes into that ring and gives it their best shot.”
Team PP3D’s appearance on Robot Wars will be broadcast on BBC Two tomorrow at 7pm.