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How to Build combat suit? What materials are needed for bulletproofing? Cheapest materials that can be used safely? Answered

I have some designs I'm mainly looking for recommendations and references for the materials needed. Also need some advice on kinetic energy replacement for high drops and jumps. Frame material needs to be light weight and strong. Outer armor will be interchangeable. Weapons are still in development more posted later. Also all metals must be nonferrous.



Best Answer 6 years ago

Look into the work of Troy Hurtubise - he's been working on a suit to protect him from bear attacks, "Project Grizzly".

+1. Is that the "ursus" suit or similar?

Are you designing the suit on the physiological movements of the human body or the the mechanics? such as emg and or eeg sensors?

Look into the 1997 "North Hollywood Shootout". It involved the LAPD and a pair of bank robbers that were covered head to toe in homemade body armor... Although they didn't succeed in escaping, there suits were rather well made against the fire power of the police. There's a number of videos, as the shootout was on live TV. I would think with some research you could find out what kind of materials they used...

They just sewed together bulletproof vest and added panels. I'm more of the exoskeleton designs kind of guy.

I am currently working on a suit myself (the internal working) I would to work with I think my skills and resources would help in your venture .

so basically you're making non-iron man :)

Realistically none of the above (mentioned in your question) is possible on a remotely low budget. Current exoskeleton units are in the uber-prototype or >100,000 USD stage. Lightweight 'strong' armour in the 'bulletproof' range is kind of a joke. Carbon fiber/Kevlar et al are ridiculous expensive.

no not iron man. This is real science not your local movie theatre and its only $100,000 when you pay someone else im fabricating this all on my own with my equipment and my workshop please do not post if you don't now anything and are just going to cause problems. Light weight titanium aluminum alloy is my primary material at the current moment. its only $4.95 p/lb and easily welded to other metals.

a) you yourself put 'iron man' in the keywords of your question.
b) you yourself said you wanted it to be nonferrous

Thus, you wanted non-iron man. :) (that's the joke part).

There are lots of exoskeletons on the market now, none of them are open source, and no-one has plans for them. I'm not being a troll, I'm being realistic. I do encourage you to build something though, that would be really cool.

Thanks.... crazy train is going to be stuck in my head all day now. :P

I'm currently enrolled in college for Mechanical Engineering Major and Physics Minor. Thus I have my own blueprints i just came here for professional suggestions and insight. As I said in my questions.

And there is always a big enough bullet to do the job if a smaller one can't. The battle ships of WW2 era fired 16 inch shells that weighed up to a ton or more. Get hit with that and its doesn't matter what you are wearing. The best strategy is to run and hide.

The answer varies wildly based on what type of combat you are talking about. For stopping bullets you can go several ways. Plates of steel, layers of kevlar but I'd suggest dilitant impregnated kevlar, e-glass or similar. You can also do multiple layers of garbage bags. All better with an over layer of ceramic or anything else to dull the head of a penettrator round. For a powered suit you have to decide on the movment and power source. Movement is electric, hydraulic or pneumatic. Power is either batteries, ICE, or direct chemical. I'd suggest pneumatic powered by Peroxide.