Introduction: Iron Man 3 Arc Reactor.

As has been said in my previous Arc reactor instructables, I love Iron man.

first Arc

Whiplash Arc:

iron man 2 arc:

So with the imminent release or the third instalment of the iron man movies i decided i would give the arc featured in the trailers and posters a go. 

The Arc i have made is made and designed is based wholly on the one shot, so i have no idea on how deep the arc is, ive used my past builds on the other arcs to guess the levels and design of this arc. 

So here goes :)

Step 1: Tools and Materials.


- files
- sand paper
- knives (scalpel, exacto, craft)
- rulers (any straight edge)


- 3mm perspex
- 2mm perspex
- thin card (0.7mm i don't know the gsm)
- solvent glue.
- spray paint.

Step 2: Research, Planning and Drawing Up Plans.

I got some images from google, by googling "iron man 3 arc reactor" and had a look at how the arc is designed.

what i like about this design is that it moves away from the Vibranium triangle from the second film. i love the round designs.

I did some sketches of how i thought the layering would work to get how thick the arc would be.

once i had worked out the layers i drew up some illustrator plans.

Step 3: Cutting the Parts.

i cut all the parts from the plans out on a laser cutter. but as has been shown by user : 159753 in the comments of my last arc instructable who made all the parts with a dremel, so it doesn't have to be done on a laser cutter.

Step 4: Assembling the Cut Parts

I gathered up the parts into groups that will be glued together.

the rear ring assembly.

the arc ring magnets.

the oval ring assembly.

Step 5: Painting the Parts.

I gave all the parts that are going to be painted a coat of plastic primer and then the colour of its parts.

The main body and the ring magnets are silver.

The front bezel and the parts the go on top of the oval ring are black.

The oval ring and hexagon mesh (which was cut from the thin card.)

The rear ring assembly was painted gold.

Step 6: Oval Ring Assembly.

once all the paint had dried i started putting things together.

I glued the hexagon mesh to the rear of the oval ring.

After cutting out the parts i kept the waste of the parts that sit on top of the oval ring as it would help locate the parts on the oval ring.

once the glue for the first two parts had dried i turned it over and attached the gold rear ring assembly to the back of the oval ring.

Step 7: Main Arc Ring.

i took the protective plastic of the main clear ring and glued the from halves of the ring magnets on the clear ring.

Once the glue dried i turned it over and glued on the back plates of each magnets.

Step 8: Final Assembly.

The front glass is made by etching one design on the front of some 2mm perspex then turning it over and etching the second design on the back. This technique gives you depth to the design I chose to do it this way because the source image I had looks like there are two layers to the arched and geared design. I put all the parts together with a disk of EL panel in the rear of the case.
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