Departing from his hobby of collecting old motorcycles, Eri Sudarmono, a resident of Bantul, succeeded in creating a robot replica from used motorcycle parts. International clients have bought the 42-year-old man’s work. Transformers-themed replica statues that he made have been shipped to Germany and China.
Before making robots, Eri was a painter and had a painting studio since 2006. However, his painting demand plummeted during the pandemic. Finally, a Chinese buyer who used to buy his paintings asked to make a robot replica made of metal or iron. Even though he has never made a replica of a robot on demand, he still accepts his client’s request. Finally, with a background in art education at ISI Yogyakarta, he applied some of his knowledge even though he did not finish his education.
Eri combines his knowledge and art hobbies into a replica robot made from used Eri combines his knowledge and art sense into a replica robot made of used motorcycle parts and completes a 2.5-meter tall robot in one month. After he sent his order to China, his client resold the robot. Since then, orders started pouring in. He now has 12 employees working in his workshop with so many demands. To make a replica of the robot, he needs more or less five units of motorbikes. The robot replica is sold for Rp. 30 million to Rp. 60 million depending on the details. His business is growing, and now he can produce 5 to 8 replica robots with skeletons in one month.