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Could You Build a Real Iron Man Suit? | The Science of Iron Man

Updated on June 14, 2013

Build an Iron Man Suit?

How would you build a real Iron Man suit? Could it even be done? The science behind Iron Man's suit looks about as accurate as the rest of the science in Marvel Comics - not very - but is it? Can you build your own Iron Man suit?

Let's take a look at some of the (possibly surprising) answers to these questions:

Would You Want Your Own Iron Man Suit?

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Before we get started on building our hypothetical Iron Man suit, we need to know what kind of technology is in Iron Man's armour. Here's a rundown of the essential components of the current Iron Man armour (as decided by me, basically. Feel free to disagree).

Optional:

A cave and a box of scraps.

The Arc Reactor - Can't Build an Iron Man Suit Without a Power Source

So, Iron Man's 'arc reactor' is actually just a fusion reactor with a cooler sounding name and a lot of hype - at base, it makes a lot of power by way of nuclear fusion. You may have heard of nuclear power before - it's not exactly uncommon in a lot of places in the world. What makes Tony's invention special is that it's very small, and very powerful. Only a handful of years ago, fusion reaction seemed like science fiction - but now it's quickly becoming common science. Check out some of the theory to see for yourself:

It's not an Iron Man Suit Without Jet Boots

The jet boots might be the most unrealistic part of the Iron Man suit. Seems strange to say that an arc reactor is potentially in the pipeline and somehow, there's no boots to go with it (though the dilemma of having no shoes to go with your outfit is not one unknown to me), but it's true: for reasons best known to smarter people, we've never really been able to build jet boots without, y'know, setting stuff on fire or killing ourselves.

Or have we...?

Maybe. Sort of. Depends. There's no clear explanation in the comics about how Iron Man's repulsor beams work, but we can take some guesses. The best guess, if you ask me, is that it's a classic repulsor beam - the opposite of the popular sci-fi concept of the tractor beam. And those, well, you might be surprised by how far they've come. How hard could it be to stick a reverse switch on it?

Artificial Intelligence - Could J.A.R.V.I.S Really Exist?

Is it possible to build a computer with near-human intelligence that could help us fly a real Iron Man suit? Remembering that we're not talking about building an artificial human here; just a machine that could interface with us directly and make smart plans about how to fly our cool new Iron Man suit, do you think it could be done?

We've already built it. A modified missile guidance system coupled with a voice interface (not new technology - I'll bet you have it on your hands-free device) would provide the same effect. Sarcasm not necessarily included, but that might be a good thing. We could probably get Paul Bettany to do the voice...

But This is All Fantasy, Right? You Can't Build a Real Iron Man Suit

Can't you? If you've gotten this far and you're still not convinced that one day, we could build a real Iron Man suit, maybe someone else a little more persuasive (possibly with some letters after their name that mean Impressive Things) can get you on board:

What Would You do if You Could Build Your Own Iron Man Suit?

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      SaQib 21 months ago

      I'll be the one who will build a real man suit! the success is near im working on this from several years.. soon you guys will be knowing about me.

      signing off.

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      jayron haigler 23 months ago

      can you really build it

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      viraaj 2 years ago

      its my goal to build it and im damn sure in few years

      i will build it

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      tirth patel 2 years ago

      i like to ake a real life iron man but i could not make a real life iron man

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      Tony stark 2 years ago

      NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.................................

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      But what if the iron man didn' worked ?

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      Robin 2 years ago

      I like it........It very good

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      gurtoj 2 years ago

      http://gamercash.wordpress.com

      make money testing video games

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      ashminder 2 years ago

      Did anyone knows that how repulsor blaster is made?

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      enoch lewis 2 years ago

      Please send me a iron man suit to

      3389 prange dr cuyahoga falls, oh 44223 right on the door

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      IROMAGNATANIUS 2 years ago

      Well, first, I'd make sure I can fly in it. Then, I'd practice my target shooting. Next, I'd try speed and endurance. Then, time to save people!

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      Meep 2 years ago

      Iron Man Rules

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The military and japan already have powered exo-skeletons that can double if not triple human strength, and endurance, slap some high grade, light weight, bullet proof, armor on a modified one of those, add in a propulsion system of some kind, a better power source, defensive weapons, and a beefed up AI unit to aid with flight, BOOM, Iron man is born in reality.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if i could build an iron man suit you would need to be incredibly intelligent, therefore if you wanted to you could make billions on some of the weaponry put in to the iron man suit because when the movie iron man was made that era of weapons was not there yet and even now in 2013 are not there yet, so maybe you would get a lot out of the suit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would escape from the school

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Crush my enemies! See them driven before me, and hear the lamentation of their woman...

      ...oh wait wrong movie! Haha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Generally, and proven in the comments below, people will typically just play around with technology such as this and not have a clue of the potential of the technonlgy in their hands. Realistically, I would use the technology the same way Iron Man uses it: Using the suit as a military/ defensive application and using the technology that comes with it to invent other useful products.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: are you mad

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would fight crime

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Be badass

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use it to help other people and mostly to fly to "Unreachable" Places :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would make one and the world would be stunned ! i have the prototype, all i need is a power source !!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I already completed a working (yes working) Arc reactor and 1 hand repulsor that blew me off my feet and I'm only 17 it cost me around $100 because my dads cousin has a factory but all he really did was get the pieces I built the reactor and repulsor. I'm currently working on the foot repulsor

      Any questions? Email me

      AlphaDawg00@gmail.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to become ironman

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i need to show the world that if you try you can also make it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: same here bro

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fight crime . . . but it might be too much for me. . . I might have to FLIP THE TABLE! (â¯Â°â¡Â°ï¼â¯ï¸µ â»ââ»)

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      goncalocostalig 4 years ago

      @gabrielangel: Dude, when you are flying 1000meters above the ground, doesn't matter where your fuel is stored... if it blows, you die...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Show off :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is no justice in this world. We all are different and only that gives us all different opinions about what is right and what is wrong. And of course you can't be at two places at the same time. You could never be a superhero because there is no one that can save all people except all people. We are atoms and we will stay like atoms- in chaos. You can never make the right thing for everyone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fly around all the time,shoot stuff,and,make explosions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      IWOULD BE SOOOOOOOO HAPPPPPPYYY

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would be iron woman

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would be iron woman

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I WILL MAKE IT SOON AND I SWEAR 2 FIGHT ENEMY ANYWHERE AND PROTECT THE WORLD FROM Terrorism NOT POSSIPLE JUST NEED CLEAR MIND WE ARE IN 2013 I AM LOOKING FOR WHO IS INTRUSTED TO WORK WITH ME ABOUT THIES PROJECT I HAVE MONEY PLEASE I LOVE 2 SAVE WORLD FROM BAD PEOPLE LET`S START BUILD SUIT IRONMAN I PROMISE MY SELF 2 MAKE IT SMART I am intelligent....

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      Aja103654 4 years ago

      I'd travel the world! No need for airplanes!! Though I think there might be legal issues regarding that. Also... I might try the laser on barbecue and marshmallows...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      inpress girls ,sell all parts except arc reactor and be billionnair ,smash my enemies ,be famous i really want to make aself sastainable electric generator[sseg] ,even i have a planand blueprint of it. iwill start selling sseg on 18 feb 1214

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Man i want to have a Iron man suit !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      me go back and save twinkies.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Steven Hawking and Albert Einstein are not as smart as you think. They may be more popular, but I can easily name some people who are smarter than them. For Example

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would help and protect the world. and goof off in it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'll be the bad guy with my new iron man suit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Honestly, if it's as unstoppable as the movie's suit, I'd probably do bad things like rob banks or kill people who are mean to me..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fly around shooting prostitutes and stealing cocaine with my superior hand lasers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use it for transportation, and use the intelligence that i have to make it, to fly to mars, and I would of course fight crime.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: play

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: same

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that it would be valuble to the military.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that it would be valuble to the military.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Personally I would fly into the Federal Reserve and make them open their PRIVATE books as any other PRIVATE organization is forced to do. If Microsoft is at the mercy of the government so its the Privately owned federal reserve bank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You know.. If someone were to successfully built one prototype, china will have an entire colony flying on those suit. Soon or enough ,it'll be mass produce by china and caters towards the whole world out of cheap parts. Even it's a big step and big challenge to bring sci-fi technology into real science , we must never forget that china has it's own greed to slap a price tag on everything. They are pretty good in replicating everything that sells good.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if this all possible wouldn't there be someone who would harness this suit for evil reasons and start a mass war if they got there hands on it? but on the bright side wouldn't the army or airforce use this and this project would cost millions and nasa would have to create it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for the input ho---> @ ladylovelace

      the suit is off limits if anyone tries to build one i find them and stop them with my army of robot suits controlled by me in the front, and the greys do not

      want to be used by people like you and the rest of the loving people this stupid destroyed world. i will continue to use the suit to destroy the world have fun building your suit i hope it works well they will just kill off your way to build it anyone in December its gonna be fresh

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would fly in it all day and try to create world peace

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would go to Iran and wipe out all the extremest that want to destroy the USA, and fight to bring peace to the world

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would turn up to a fancy dress party like a boss

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fly all day

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi guys, last i heard the military had some kind of a skeleton style frame they were testing out, not like Iron man but it was super :). I hope i get to see it Iron man strong suit but i think soon will see it ,they all ready have the water rocket guy .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would use it to help people.like if 9/11 happen again i would use it to get people out of the high parts of the building

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not money, brain is the only reqirement to build this exoskeleton. If we can bring a technology that can read our signals of the nervous system then can easily bring the IRONMAN on earth. I am behind this....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      as tonny in the movie said start from hard first- the smallest nuclear reactor

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use it to protect people and defend myself. (Imitating Yoda): A hero uses his powers for knowledge and defense. Never for attack

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Conquer the world and make everyone bow down to kiss my jet boots.

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      Projectlazy 4 years ago

      amazing lens. I'm off to the garage.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would not trash my house, but maybe do some more interesting things like work on how to hook up all my funnelectronics and try to have fun with the suit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Be iron man like he is the movies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      use it to truly stop all crime i would stop wars and i would fix the world to be a better place for my kids and their kids to come

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      fly aroun the world

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would feel badass who wants a ferrari when you can be iron man!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Use it to help the army.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would build it help the people in Iraq maybe some states I don't think you need money to build it I think the world has what we need the important thing about the armor is your brain. Without it you are nothing I won't try to be a show off with it this is serious to me .you can laugh at me but I swear that one day thell be an iron man

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Id prove to everyone that im not just working for nothing, im going to build the suit whether people believe it or not!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would flying around like boss

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would protect the priests and churches being destroyed by terrorists

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      actually having an iron man suit the possibilties are endless. the people that you could help. high atomosphere testing, the ability to lift heavy things as just on man. the trasconinental or transoceanic flight wouldn't cost anything and be super fast. like i said endless

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would put it on and fly around and shit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a kid but my dream was going to be a superhero. I have to be taller to be a superhero. How will i do it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      jump off huge buildings and down massive cliffs just because i could

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      destroy the world immediately

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fly around and kickass!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would fly around and kickass!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: no you don't actully all you need to do is go look for parts like him i already started on this project and i'm haft way done

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i want this suit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it would be better than sex

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would fly around and have fun

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Killing people, lol.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hells yes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HI OLIVI TAILBY HEAR I ALLYS WONT TO FLI AND NAW I CAN

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Show it off. and maybe save people from criminals

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to be the real tony stark and save the world in my awesome suit killing people like Loki and the skrulls (with spinning rims, avengers refrence to mark VII)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use it to help others and also mess with some bad people I know.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would just do whatever i want whenever i want

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i built my own arc reactor but didn't know how to put it on my chest

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Privatize World Peace.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i wanna suit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would make meny and sell them in a shop called stark and we would use them as cars