Cheap Iron Man (Mark 3) Costume with working faceplate, lights, electronics

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Displayed here is my halloween 2012 project. After tinkering with Arduino for a few months and needing a costume for Halloween, I decided to mix the two. I didn't just want to make any Iron Man suit though. I wanted this suit to be as technologically functional as possible.

I tried to make this project as cheap and easy for the beginning DIY hobbyist/hacker as possible (being one)!!! The tools required are a hot glue gun, soldering iron, and a dremel tool (and a hole punch lol). Basic electronics knowledge will be required, like knowledge of resistors, servos, circuits, Ohm's Law, and how they all work together to make the unified circuit that powers the suit.

The method for making all the armor parts is the usual pepakura method. My modifications were the use of foamcore as a material, and papier mache as a finish (dont use a papier mache finish! it really doesn't work well!) and then spraypaint in metallic gold and red. 

Electronics wise, I used an Arduino Uno R3 as the controller, along with a few servos (~$2 each), LEDs (~$5 for 50), resistors, microswitches and some wire. Basic soldering skills will be needed to put all of these together. (It's really not hard to solder I promise. Just read up online, start with a cheap iron and upgrade once you start loving this hobby, because you will).

This project took me about three months due to its simplicity, but could've been shorter if I hadn't started from scratch regarding the wiring and programming.

Good luck and happy building!
narutog3 months ago
How much its cheap right

Des3rtSn0w2 years ago
I'm using the Mark VI Foam Edits for A4 paper by stealth. Do you think I could get this done in 3 weeks if i work on it very very often?
andyr23511 (author)  Des3rtSn0w2 years ago
Definitely. When I worked the fastest, I could make two copies of an entire part in one night (like two biceps or two forearms). It will take a lot of endurance because almost all of it is mindless cutting, but if you put your mind to it, it's definitely very doable.