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Build an Arc Reactor with Basic Tools and Skills

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I thought it would be cool to go as Tony Stark for Halloween, and I turned to Instructables for ideas on how to build an Arc Reactor. The problem is that the best and most accurate Arc Reactors on the site like Honus' and Kyling Zhang's, or ones featured elsewhere like Indy Mogul require precision machining tools and the skills to use them.

I felt that a decently accurate Arc Reactor should be easy to make by the average person, and should be constructed at least mostly using materials that are easy to obtain. Needless to say, I think the results are pretty good, especially for a first attempt, and you will be able to use my build to create even better results of your own.
 
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Step 1: Set up the Game Plan

Take a minute and consider what makes an Arc Reactor recognizable.

1) Lights: Every iteration of the Arc Reactor lights up; a ring of palladium undergoes some kind of 'arc reaction' (read: copyright of Stark Industries), glows, and is visible through the device.

2) Coils. The original purpose of the Arc Reactor is to power electromagnetic coils that prevent shrapnel from entering Tony Stark's heart. The first Ironman movie's Arc Reactor had 10 coils (and 10 spaces in between where light was visible).

3) Inner Ring/Bracket: It appears as though there is an inner ring assembly of some kind that holds the reactor together. It has 3 structures coming from the center separated by 120° and a series of internal rings that appear to provide structure for the apparatus.

At the very least, someone building an Arc Reactor would want to show off lights through a t-shirt, and at the most they want to show off the entire reactor. This means at minimum, we need to construct an even ring of light that appears to be covered by coils (or anything) with a glowing light in the center as well.


NOTE! In this build, I used a hot glue gun, soldering iron, and other assorted tools which are easy to come by, but DANGEROUS. I always solder on a wooden surface, hot glue over newspaper, cut in a direction away from my body, and other various safety things that may or may not be common sense. BE CAREFUL.
mb inventor2 years ago
awesome arc reactor
pudgytaco2 years ago
Isn't Hot glue supposed to be clear
byuowns2 years ago
I know I'm looking at this really late, but how exactly did you wire all 25 LEDs in parallel? Did you connect wires to all, then attach them all to the battery lead, or make branches with an LED on the end of each?
belectric23 (author)  byuowns2 years ago
In step 3, after the LEDs were glued into place, I bent the anodes of each one together and the cathodes together, and soldered the connections. The result were two rings of conductive metal (the positive and negative connections of the parallel-ed LEDs), which I then connected to the power source.
You could actually surgically inject it.
quick, easy, cheap. My favorite words.
someshwar3 years ago
its nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would take EL-wire
Kiteman4 years ago
That's a really good build.

Now, how are you going to build the rest of the suit from the scraps in your cave? ;-)
belectric23 (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Actually since the power source is complete I think I'll start working from my million-dollar laboratory under my mansion :-) maybe next year I'll have a flight stabilizer? Time will tell. http://www.iwatchstuff.com/2008/01/09/iron-man-arm-downey.jpg
only million dollar?