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About tommyb345

Maker. It's all about the next project. Ironman, ghostbusters, 3D printing, and arduino based electronics.

Iron Man of Maine makes his return

Returning this year with tons of Ghostbuster Stark-themed technology is the ironmanofmaine.


Last year, I had my Mk7 Iron Man suit, and next year, I’ll have another. It all started with my first prop, an Iron Man Mk.1 Arc Reactor, which soon evolved into my first suit. Since then, I’ve learned much more about LEDS, circuits and even 3D printing, which opens the door for endless possibilities.


As previously reported on Bits & Pieces, my first suit comprised of AVR based Arduino electronics as well as hand repulsers that fired with the flexing of my fore arm muscles via a muscle sensor. $2,000 and 400 hours later, the elaborate costume was completed in my basement.


More specifically, there were 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 were powered by 10-2600 mAh batteries.

I took a break from the suit building this past year to build Ghostbuster tech, applying what I learned with my Iron Man suit. You can see that here, as I am gradually evolving this even further with real lifelike functions and experiential sound as it was seen in the motion picture.

In my possession, I now have a 3D printer which enables me to make and print parts that I would have normally had to build from scratch; a majority of these 3D-printed parts were applied to my stark Ghostbuster tech.

Next year, I plan on diving back into the suit building again, taking all the 3D printing knowledge I have acquired and use it to develop a 3D-printed ironman suit. This was my first suit which was made of foam floor mats from Sears. You can see a step-by-step progression of all my builds on my Facebook and website here.

Most importantly, inspiration comes from passion and the pursuit of the things and heroes we adore. I look forward to many more years of being a Maker and being part of the ever-evolving Maker Movement. This is only the beginning. More experiences will continue to spark and inspire, while deeper layers of design and creativity will help push the envelop of making.