Tony Stark's Arc Reactor

by Skimbal, published

Tony Stark's Arc Reactor by Skimbal Feb 15, 2012

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Just the thing to give you that little extra boost. Whether you're saving the world or escaping an Afghani cave.
The Mark 1 has the power to run something small for a hundred years, or something really impressive for about 5 minutes.

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I used 10% honeycomb infill and it turned out fine.
How much infill? 20% ? 50%? 100%?
What infill ratio should I use on each of these pieces?

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Arc Reactor can use between 10 and 20 leds for lighting. This one used 10. More LEDs will make it glow brighter.
1) Install the LEDs and Resistors in the Crystal Ring. Solder them together in a parallel circuit. A dab of glue can be used to keep them in place during soldering.
2) Bolt Upper Center and Lower Center to the top of the Main Crystal using 3 M3 bolts
2) Push the LEDs into the holes on the bottom of the main crystal. Slide the Support Cage over the LED leads.
3) Wire the Main Crystal LEDs and resisters together into a parallel circuit.
4) Press the Crystal Ring onto the upper arms of the Support Cage.
5) Wire the two LED circuits together
6) Press each of the Caps down over the connections points where the the Support Cage and Crystal Ring meet.
7) Create a 4 inch diameter hole in chest, preferably directly through your breast bone. A post hole digger and assistant can be useful for this step.
8) Install Arc Reactor in chest
I used 10% honeycomb infill and it turned out fine.
How much infill? 20% ? 50%? 100%?
What infill ratio should I use on each of these pieces?
thanks for the great files... I printed all the parts except the caps.. I cannot for the life of me get them to slice or print, it always says unknown slicer...I am sure you used the same for the other parts... ran the files in netfab...and still no luck...do you know why this is happening...thanks...
I haven't encountered that error before. Have you tried slicing something else? Could it be an issue with the software configuration?
How fill density (%) are crystal ring and main crystal?
I am having the same problems trying to slice these files!!!????
what gage wire did you use ?
help with the lights. what kind, how to wire. thanks
Is bleeding after step 7 normal? printing now. will post pics when done.
Hi, the skp file is an old one...can you upload an actual sketchup file? I have problems to slice the main crystal because of some holes...netfabb will close ALL holes, so the big one in the middle won't exist any more ;-)
How did do you attach the center crystal to the support cage?
I've been having similar issues with Slic3r, it seems to be crashing when I try to process the parts. Skeinforge managed to slice it and so far I've printed the upper and lower ring. The lower ring came out pretty good, but the upper ring didn't come out nearly as well as yours in the picture. Ive got a lot of gaps between the oval holes lining the outside of the upper ring and the perimeter. Not enough fill maybe? What were your settings when you sliced it? What slicing software did you use?
Slic3r keeps crashing on the crystal ring, it also gives an error as it loads it as "Input file contains a hole near edge 0.0-1.0".
I just ran into this site and was floored to see these designs, I was wondering do these designs have dimensions? I would love to machine these out of the material as the original props.
The main crystal is showing up with a bunch of errors. Any way to fix this? Im building this right now. (Printing with BFB 3d Touch)
Do you think clear blue PLA will work for the Main Crystal and crystal ring?
Is there a way to print individual Caps? One or two of mine got messed up in printing, and I don't want to print another whole tray of them.
I like how the wiring photo is vaguely movie accurate. :)
I've tried to load this in slic3r, the file is 1kb (I guess that's wrong).

And Pronterface doesn't display any lines.

Help? :P
Awesome, is everything black except the crystal ring? And is the ring white, or something else?
wgss - in reply to wgss
Finally got mine all printed!! Ended up with 28 LEDs, it's VERY cool.
The ring an main crystal are printed in clear PLA. They can also be printed in natural ABS.

Everything else is black
cool, I've got natural ABS, the LED should still shine through eh?
We'd appreciate some juicy (sort of) tutorial details and pictures of phases (7) and (8)...
I was with Skimbal when he made this... in a cave. WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
So that's how he got out of our cave! I've been wondering that.