Arc Reactor





Introduction: Arc Reactor

After seeing Iron Man in the theater I knew I had to recreate Tony Starks Arc Reactor. Specifically I wanted the RT1 that Pepper Potts had displayed in the glass case for Tony. The "Proof That Tony Stark Has A Heart" Arc Reactor. Below is a comparison of the Arc seen in the movie and the one I built.

Step 1: Blueprinting

The first step was to draw up blueprints of the proposed Arc. The blueprints would need to show every piece that would be used to create the Arc. I spent weeks going over screen caps from the movie, using various angles to determine the dimensions of each part. I also used several images of the actual Arc that had been displayed at Comic-Con. All my blueprints were created in Illustrator.

Step 2: Parts, Parts, Parts.

After I had the blueprints completed I began creating the individual parts that would make up the Arc. For this project, I primarily be laser-engraved and cut most of the parts out of varying thickness of plexiglass. In addition, I cast the central ring in clear urethane with a "Coke-bottle" green tint added. The base was cut on a CNC out of MDF.

Step 3: Rear Cage

One of the hardest parts to recreate was the cage for the Arc. The only reference I had at the time were reflections of the back seen on the display case. The cage ended up being built from 29 laser-cut plexi-glass pieces. The cage was also very important, because it would hold all of the LED lighting.

Step 4: Assembly

At this point, all the major sub-assemblies were complete and I began fitting them together. The first real indication of what the finished Arc would look like.

Step 5: LED Light Source

Next up was the creation of a light system for the Arc. I chose an LED under-counter light that would fit the cage. I separated the LED lights from the power supply. The LED's would go in the cage, while the power supply would go in the display base.

Step 6: LED Testing

Testing the LED's for the Arc to make sure they have the right look.

Step 7: Final Assembly

All that was left to do was final paint and assembly. I used various metallic paints and weathering techniques to give the Arc the proper "used" look.

Step 8: Finished!!!

The last thing I had to do was create the display case. I used laser-cut .2" acrylic and then rounded the edges. Although it took quite an effort, I think the results were very worthwhile.

Thanks for Looking.


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    26 Discussions

    Wow!! Its amazing, Could you share the blueprints with me via email? My email is Thanks!

    wow! it"s amazin can u send me the blue print of it to and is this really working and I became crazy about this since i watch this at movie and i really want to do it my own plaese!! send me

    Hey, really nice job! It looks really cool! Could you share the blueprints with me via email? My email is Thanks!

    Could u attach blue print link

    Do you have Blueprints that you would be willing to share?

    could you put the blueprint's up on to the instructable please. thanks

    Hi that's really cool, I've been a fan of Iron man and would love to build my own arc reactor, would it be possible for you to send the files to me via email? My email is, thanks!

    Really awesome work
    Is it possible you can send me blueprint drawings with all measurements please.
    I plan on drawing them up and laser cutting these parts and make one of my own.
    Hopefully :)

    please send and really great work
    This one especially gave me motivation to make one.

    Please send to

    Where did u get part? Can u email me

    How did u get the materials? U brought them or made them? If u brought them,where to buy?

    This is awesome! Can you leave a list of materials that you need to make it.

    please give a list of materials

    can i buy the parts from you as a kit and i assemble it myself?