Thomas Lemieux was turning heads as he showcased his rather impressive Iron Man suit at the 2013 World Maker Faire in NYC this past weekend.
“Everything is Arduino powered. There are four Arduino UNOs (ATmega328) in the suit; one for each bionic replusor, one for the sound board, and one for the arc reactor, All of the components are powered by ten 2600 mAh batteries that had to be ordered from Hong Kong,” Lemieux told Electronic Design.
“The sound components for each repulsor and the sound board are wave shields from Adafruit. The SD cards with all of the sound files are located there.”
According to Lemieux, the project actually began with the arc reactor.
“I wanted one to sit on my desk at home and thought it would be cool to build one myself. So I walked the aisles at Home Depot and found any part that would seem to work,” he explained.
“The fins are cut from a solid sheet of metal and I used copper coils to bend around them. I used a sink tap as the center piece. And the rest is washers, rubber tubing and erector set pieces all J-B welded together. I got all of the electronics and LEDs from Radio Shack.”
Lemieux also told Electronic Design that the biggest challenge in designing the suit was fitting all the electronics into such a constrained space.
“It was very much trial and error… I started building on May 2nd, spending about four hours a day plus many all-nighters.”
Lemieux says his next suit will be more streamlined and easier to assemble.
“I also want to make Ultron. I have some great ideas on lighting his face up,” he added.