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Construction of Iron Man Armor

May 3, 2008

iron man armor constructionThe armor is not simply a metal suit; in fact, a typical Iron Man armor will have no actual rigid parts, all of them being collapsible in their inactive state. Instead, the suit consists of approximately two million grain-of-sand-sized discrete units, which are shaped to have as large a surface as possible to optimize their effectiveness. The basis of Iron Man’s structural integrity is namely the powerful force field which permeates the armor’s “cells”, as well as the whole. Each of the “cells” is a tiny unit in its own right, contributing energy and computing power to the entire armor; this is also why the suit can remain functional even having sustained considerable damage: the basic principle of the suit is holistic (each part contains the whole, as it were). Despite the immense strength and durability of the armor, it is collapsible on the microscopic level, the cells “folding” in on themselves to take up a smaller volume, like a three-dimensional accordion pleat. Needless to say, the construction of even a single “cell” would take an enormous amount of time: automated construction is a must. For example, to attain molecular perfection in the construction of extremely small parts in the separate “cells”, specialized bacteria are deployed – the bacteria consume minute amounts of specific metals, then arrange themselves on pre-tagged areas on the “chip wafer”, then die, leaving a very small amount of iron, or gold, or gallium-arsenide. This method allows great precision in determining the thickness of circuitry. While Tony Stark designs every aspect of the armor, production is practically entirely automated.


Iron Man’s Armor Common features

May 3, 2008

Iron Man armorAll of Stark’s armors provide protection from physical and energy attack (through both the materials the suit is made of and the force field the suit can generate), a sealed environment, assorted onboard weapons systems, enhanced strength, flight, and various communications arrays and sensors (such as radar and radio). Furthermore, they typically have multiple power sources including a secondary solar energy collection function in the event that conventional recharging methods are unavailable.

Repulsors originated as a hand attachment and have become the armor’s standard weapon from the gloves. They have been referred to as being magnetic, a blast of charged particles, and as a force beam.

A later addition to the weaponry of Iron Man was the Pulse Bolts. As the name suggests, these were bolts of concussive energy. However the weapon had the unique nature of actually becoming more powerful the further they travelled, with the maximum length being roughly the span of three football fields. As with the repulsors, the pulse bolts are emitted from Iron Man’s hands.

The “uni-beam”, also known as the variobeam, and tri-beam is located on the chestplate of most armors. Originally a spotlight and “proton beam”, it has grown to accommodate a number of other weapons, primarily light and force-based.

For a time, some of Iron Man’s earlier armors were able to fold virtually flat and could be stored within a bullet-proof briefcase he carried around with him.


Iron Man the movie (2008)

May 3, 2008

Iron Man the movie 2008Iron Man (Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark) is a fictional comic book hero in Marvel Comics universe. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, Iron Man first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). Tony Stark, after being gravely injured and forced to build a devastating weapon, instead created a suit of power armor to save his life and help protect the world as Iron Man. He is a wealthy industrialist and genius inventor whose metal suit is laden with technological devices that enable him to fight.

Throughout most of his career, Iron Man has been a member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. He has been adapted into several animated TV shows, as well as the 2008 film Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Forbes has ranked Iron Man among the wealthiest fictional characters on their annual ranking. BusinessWeek has also ranked Iron Man as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics.