Step 4: The Front Panel Details

Start with a template for the desired shape of the details. This is a little easier for you as I have provided one in the images below. Print this detail and cut out the bits that are not required.

Take the DVD case, preferable black, and remove the cover. This should give you a nice flat surface from the front of the case.

Draw round the template, and mark the front of the case, with a pencil

I chose to cut the shape out roughly at this point so that the plastic would lie completely flat on the cutting board.

Using a very sharp scapel (new blade) cut the template details out from the plastic, until you are left with a circle of the deisred size. Make sure that it fits into your polymorph mould (see next step).

<p>What Kind Of LEDs Did You Use??</p>
can you tell me how you cutted it??? thanks
Scalpel, but now I laser cut them. <br>MSRaynsford.co.uk
Could u please tell me how u wired the LEDs?u stuck them on the wood and then used solder iron right?
How the heck did you cut that thing out. I have tried with the exact same dvd case and a brand new exacto knife blade. I have also tried a dremmel, but I couldn't get the same accuracy. If you have any tips of cut the template out of the plastic please respond
Cut slowly with multiple passes and a scalpel will get through it eventually. Also note the difference between a scalpel and an exacto knife. Scalpel blades are uber sharp, go careful or lose a finger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalpel<br>
How do I determine the anode and cathode on the SMD LEDs?
The cathode has a notch off one of the corners
Oof, thank you so much. You wouldn't believe what a hard piece of information that was to track down.
3 Questions: <br>1 Why do you need two types of resistors and 2: where did you get that twisted wire and finally 3: what do u do with the heat shrink?
1. Because the middle LED is on it's own, all the others are in pairs. <br>2. Take red and black wire and twist it (you can use a drill to twist it really quickly) <br>3. The heatshrink covers the electrical joins in the wire join and stops your battery shorting out
This is probably going to seem like a derp question, but is polymorph plastic the same as friendly plastic? I've been looking it up and have seen people saying it's the same thing or it's completely different. Is InstaMorph the same thing? <br> <br>Thanks.
Nice Reactor. But i kinda lack of the wood to hold the LEDs. Can anybody tell me other materials that can hold the Leds in place. I thought of foam but if solder, it will give out some Chemical thing........
Wood is handy because it doesnt melt and it's easy to get hold of.<br> <br> The much better option is a PCB <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/msraynsford/ironmanarcreactors" rel="nofollow">(like the ones I include in my kits)&nbsp;</a><br> <br> <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1hb3ec3_uO4/T8J-47I-ztI/AAAAAAAAEgQ/vDFruXQEzWA/s640/DSC03619%20%28Custom%29.JPG">
This is an awesome tutorial! Any chance of finishing it?
This one has kinda had it's day now, I keep meaning to write one based solely upon the kit. Now that there is a PCB for the electronics and a laser cutter to make the details the standard has improved quite a lot and things are quite different
Aww, okay then.
sweet arc reactor. you know what I going to make it
Awesome arc reactor
where can i find the leds you used and how do i circuit them?
someone can help me? would you translate me the materials and tools thank you
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How do you suggest going about attaching this thing to your chest? I was thinking a necklace, sown onto a shirt, or possibly some sort of body glue. What do you think?
I found on other instructables they stick it on belts<br>
Would glass work for the light to shine through on the front because i have a piece of glass that is the perfect size and shape.
interested in this thing give more details about it
Lots more details can be found here https://sites.google.com/site/msraynsford/ironmanarcreactors
ok, couple of questions. they look to be wired in series, do you need the resistors to keep them all the same brightness or can you wire them in series without any resistors and have them all the same brightness? would mounting them on balsa wood work? thats all, thanks
just kinda cool but mine is better
Sounds like a good challenge to me, I look forward to reading your instructable then.
Where's the rest of the instructable?<br />
Actually, you are right it does seem like a short instructable. It's currently more of a &quot;How to improve the Mk1 process&quot; instructable than a &quot;How to build a MkV&quot;. Stay Tuned, will be improving shortly which will be of special interest to the people who've just bought MkV kits
Do you have to use surface mount leds or would regular ones work?<br />
You can use standard LED's but as msraynsford said they have a lot more depth than the surface mount led's....I made a couple of arc reactors using some white water clear led's and just made sure to sand them down so that the light was properly diffused and they looked pretty decent....if you would like to see how a sanded led looks in comparison here is how mine turned out www.afreeland.com/node/29 ...hopefully this helps<br /> <br /> I also must say that this is an amazing tutorial and must admit that your work is amazing!!!! Keep the great LED&nbsp;content coming =)<br />
thanks, looks awesome.
Surface mount LED's generally have a wider field for the light it outputs and are only 2mm thick meaning the whole thing can be thinner
ok great, when will the pay pal link be up for the mkV kit? you did a really excellent job putting these together
The MkV kits are now available, sorry for not getting them sorted faster but had some issue with getting the parts laser cut (yes, laser cut for much better accuracy than my Mk1's)<br /> <br /> <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/msraynsford/ironmanarcreactors" rel="nofollow">https://sites.google.com/site/msraynsford/ironmanarcreactors</a>
Wow.<br /> <br /> I seriously want to make this one.<br /> <br /> I may buy the kit from you or even just buy a completed one as soon as I have some extra cash.<br /> <br /> Awesome stuff.<br /> <br /> And your stuff is especially great cause your reactors aren't like 4 inches thick which completely ruins the movie realism.<br /> <br /> 1000 thumbs up!<br />
&nbsp;where did you get your leds?
Guessing he got them here www.rapidonline.com&nbsp;
this thing is awesome! Great Work! Do you have like a video to show how to make it?<br />
Nope, fraid not.<br /> Is there one particular thing you wanted to see in a video? Perhaps I could elaborate on it.
Never mind about the design i over looked the design you already provided.<br />
&nbsp;i like it it is a much sleaker disign but it just seems like a led array behind som wax or acrilys and a template on front to block some light...i personaly like the older disigns where the is a challacnge presented in constructing it
Not really anything in particular. I was just wondering a few things like details on leds and resistors and how they are wired. I've never really wired multiple leds i have made a few projects here and there but never really done anything quite so extravagant but REALLY like this so I wanna give it a try. also did you get the design off the Internet somewhere or something I could print off or look at from a birds eye view?<br />
As for the outer triangle, you could try relocating the LEDs to the corners and double the LEDS in the center-then those would light up the middle of the sides while the relocated ones at the corners would light up the rest.<br />
Indeed it is my plan to put 2 led's in each of the outer segments, I'm now just waiting on the local laser cutter to get back to me with a price for the triangular details before I can make the next one but I will be posting photos up once it's completed (should have better wiring too, this one is a bit of a birdsnest)

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