With the advent of 3D printers, people have started making all kinds of crazy things, such as guns, houses, and…superhero suits. One Iron Man fan from Birmingham, England, named Ross Wilkes, made a New Year’s Resolution last year to build his very own Iron Man suit, patterned after one of the suits Robert Downey Jr. wears in the Marvel movies. Using a Velleman K8200 Printer which he bought, he was recently able to finish up the suit which is nothing short of impressive.
For 14 months, Wilkes, who also works in flower sales, spent many 11 hour days designing, printing, and building the suit. When all was said and done, he’d used approximately 1,100 feet of plastic and had about 597 pieces. Using a heat gun and a solder, he was finally able to construct the famous suit, which unsurprisingly thrilled him to no end. He states he doesn’t know what he wants to do with it now that it’s complete, but he’s definitely proud to have it finished.
His suit weighs around 55 pounds and is 74 inches tall, and he’s currently working on adjusting all of the joints to make it fully functional and wearable. It remains to be seen whether he’ll attempt to use it to fight crime or save the world. If nothing else, at least he’ll have the best Halloween costume around. Or, he could at least walk around town wearing the suit seeing how many people ask to take a photo with him.
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SOURCE: Yahoo Tech