A new crowdfunding project has popped up that is sure to make comic book fans salivate. The project aims to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The project is known as the Iron Man Mark III project from Iron Man Factory.
Unsurprisingly Marvel has requested the project’s creators to stop selling these unlicensed works, so from now on it’ll be unavailable to buyers outside China.
The prototype was created with a 3D printer and features several light up light-up aesthetic features, futuristically powered by AAA batteries. According to the project video, the suit is lightweight, weighing in at only 3kg (6.6 lbs) and features metal joints with a carbon fiber/polymer body. Unfortunately at the moment if you are under 5’6″ or much over 6’1″ the suit isn’t for you.
Backers can lay down pledges for either the full injection moulded suit ($1,999), a helmet alone ($1,800) or the full, 3D-printed suit ($35,000). The latter two will ship within three to four months, while the production run suits are expected to arrive between six and eight months out should the project prove successful. No cards will be charged until orders ship, with payments managed via Stripe.
The Iron Man Project team members work with an injection moulding factory out of Shenzen, the company tells me, including engineers with over 15 years experience in die casting manufacturing. The factory employs between 30 and 40 people, and currently produces toys, routers, smartphone parts and more. They’ve been working with designers in Beijing on the Iron Man project, and began producing small runs of the Iron Man helmet alone via 3D printing. To get costs down and volumes up, they’re looking to cover the costs of initial setup for a full-scale, injection moulding production run.