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Introduction: Arc Reactor

After seeing Iron Man in the theater I knew I had to recreate Tony Starks Arc Reactor. Specifically I wanted the RT1 that Pepper Potts had displayed in the glass case for Tony. The "Proof That Tony Stark Has A Heart" Arc Reactor. Below is a comparison of the Arc seen in the movie and the one I built.

Step 1: Blueprinting

The first step was to draw up blueprints of the proposed Arc. The blueprints would need to show every piece that would be used to create the Arc. I spent weeks going over screen caps from the movie, using various angles to determine the dimensions of each part. I also used several images of the actual Arc that had been displayed at Comic-Con. All my blueprints were created in Illustrator.

Step 2: Parts, Parts, Parts.

After I had the blueprints completed I began creating the individual parts that would make up the Arc. For this project, I primarily be laser-engraved and cut most of the parts out of varying thickness of plexiglass. In addition, I cast the central ring in clear urethane with a "Coke-bottle" green tint added. The base was cut on a CNC out of MDF.

Step 3: Rear Cage

One of the hardest parts to recreate was the cage for the Arc. The only reference I had at the time were reflections of the back seen on the display case. The cage ended up being built from 29 laser-cut plexi-glass pieces. The cage was also very important, because it would hold all of the LED lighting.

Step 4: Assembly

At this point, all the major sub-assemblies were complete and I began fitting them together. The first real indication of what the finished Arc would look like.

Step 5: LED Light Source

Next up was the creation of a light system for the Arc. I chose an LED under-counter light that would fit the cage. I separated the LED lights from the power supply. The LED's would go in the cage, while the power supply would go in the display base.

Step 6: LED Testing

Testing the LED's for the Arc to make sure they have the right look.

Step 7: Final Assembly

All that was left to do was final paint and assembly. I used various metallic paints and weathering techniques to give the Arc the proper "used" look.

Step 8: Finished!!!

The last thing I had to do was create the display case. I used laser-cut .2" acrylic and then rounded the edges. Although it took quite an effort, I think the results were very worthwhile.

Thanks for Looking.

-GG

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    33 Discussions

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    İsacuhac
    İsacuhac

    Question 4 months ago on Step 3

    Please Rear cage sketch or texture please

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    Gordon Gekko
    Gordon Gekko

    1 year ago

    People keep asking for the blueprints, but this instructable is only about the process I use to create things. Sorry, I do not give out blueprints. Hopefully someone can use this to understand how to make their own.

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    khanh.ng.18
    khanh.ng.18

    1 year ago

    Thank you for a great tutorial. Im a fan of iron man and really excited in this project. Could you send me the blueprint at khanh.ng.18@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

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    akhatana504
    akhatana504

    1 year ago

    Please give me blueprints i have created thnx

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    Manequinn
    Manequinn

    Tip 1 year ago

    add pdf file with parts of arc reactor

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    IronSky19
    IronSky19

    3 years ago

    Wow!! Its amazing, Could you share the blueprints with me via email? My email is marin19em_26@hotmail.com Thanks!

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    Ahamed Buhari
    Ahamed Buhari

    3 years ago

    wow! it"s amazin can u send me the blue print of it to ahamedbuhari4@gmail.com and is this really working and I became crazy about this since i watch this at movie and i really want to do it my own plaese!! send me

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    CarlosA75
    CarlosA75

    4 years ago

    Hey, really nice job! It looks really cool! Could you share the blueprints with me via email? My email is cacotururu@gmail.com. Thanks!

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    Super Rohit
    Super Rohit

    5 years ago

    Could u attach blue print link

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    Dottygreencamo
    Dottygreencamo

    5 years ago on Step 8

    Do you have Blueprints that you would be willing to share?

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    TheBountyHunter
    TheBountyHunter

    5 years ago

    could you put the blueprint's up on to the instructable please. thanks

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    andytangtsk
    andytangtsk

    6 years ago

    Hi that's really cool, I've been a fan of Iron man and would love to build my own arc reactor, would it be possible for you to send the files to me via email? My email is andytangtsk@gmail.com, thanks!

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    RISICO96
    RISICO96

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hello
    Really awesome work
    Is it possible you can send me blueprint drawings with all measurements please.
    I plan on drawing them up and laser cutting these parts and make one of my own.
    Hopefully :)

    please send and really great work
    This one especially gave me motivation to make one.

    Please send to risico96@gmail.com
    Thanks

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    cjacob3
    cjacob3

    6 years ago

    Where did u get part? Can u email me thort10@hotmail.com

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    ironman fan
    ironman fan

    7 years ago

    This is awesome! Can you leave a list of materials that you need to make it.