This post documents my first attempt at building the Arc Reactor from the Iron Man movies. Specifically, this is the MK1 Arc Reactor, the one that Tony Stark makes in the cave in the first movie. Out of all the different versions of the Arc Reactors in the four movies, this one is my favorite. It looks awesome, yes, but it also looks
like Tony Stark actually built it, which is something that really can't be said for anything else he supposedly makes. Whereas his other versions and his suits look like the equivalent of Apple products, the MK1 Reactor has copper wire-coils, visible solder joints and screws, some irregularities, etc, all of which make it seem more realistic.
Anyways, the following events inspired me to do this project:
I was sort of at a loss for what to get my dad for his birthday. He always talks about wanting a mill or lathe for our garage workshop, but those are a little out of my price range. Recently I saw Iron Man 3 and realized that my dad is basically
Tony Stark. First of all, my dad's name is Tony, and more importantly he also loves designing and building things in his personal workshop. Then I stumbled upon this amazing post
by Instructables user Gordon Gekko. His replica of the Arc Reactor intrigued me so much that I wanted to make my own, and what better excuse to make one than for my dad's birthday!
Gekko's replica is amazing. He used Inventor to make a model of the Arc Reactor that could be laser-cut out of standard thicknesses of plastic, and then all he had to do was paint and assemble the pieces. However, he didn't include a link to the model he used. So, with the help of pictures from Gekko's post and many other images I found online, I created my own SolidWorks model, again only designing parts that could be cut out of either 1/16, 1/8, or 1/4 inch thick acrylic.
Overall, this post has all the instruction and everything you need (minus a laser cutter, some paint, and some glue) to make your own arc-reactor!
I've attached several of the pictures I used as reference, a great SketchUp model from the Replica Prop Forum made by user Cad110, my SolidWorks model, and also 2D vector drawings from my model which can be sent directly to a laser cutter.DOWNLOAD ITEMS
- My SolidWorks Model (.3ds, .stl, .obj, .ply, solidworks)
- 2D Vector Drawings (illustrator, .pdf, .eps, .svg)
- Cad110's SketchUp Model