As anyone in the local cosplay scene will tell you, getting your dream costume together ain’t cheap. And it’s not just cash either that can be a barrier, as most folks these days don’t have time, cash or the patience needed to learn the skills necessary for this hobby. One company wanted to make a few bucks off of Iron Man fans though, with 3D printed suits. Until Marvel dropped Mjolnir on them.
One team in Shenzen were planning on producing wearable suits, thanks to their access to a 3D printer and injection moulding equipment. Based on the Mark III armour from the first Iron Man film, they took to Kickstarter to offer several packages according to TechCrunch.
Backers could have plonked down $1999 for a full injection moulded suit, or gotten their hands on a deluxe 3D printed version for $35 000. That’s almost R20 000 for a cheap version of armour, or R350 000 for a suit with all the bells and whistles, such as electronics and moving motorised parts. And if I had the cash, I’d have gladly paid it.
Of course, Marvel got wind of this and promptly filed a Mark XXXVII cease and desist lawsuit, which they have every right to do so. I won’t discuss morality here, but man, I’d have loved to have seen some more of the work from this Chinese team.
So unless you’re in China, you’ll most likely never ever get your hands on one those suits. If you do have cash though, there are plenty of options. You can build some damn good Iron Man armour out of foam, such as this:
Or spend an easy $3000-$10 000 on a fibreglass version, such as this:
Totally worth it, even if you can’t fly, I reckon.
Last Updated: December 19, 2013