You’ve seen the Iron Man and Marvel Avengers movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. Maybe you have even read the Ironman comics, books, and other series including the iconic character. But did you ever think that you’d see a real-life Iron Man suit? Well, the time has come. Here is what a fully functioning Iron Man suit looks like (and costs!).
Fully Functioning Iron Man Suit IRL
For the diehard, hardcore, lifelong fans of Ironman, you just have to see what a real-life, fully functioning Ironman suit looks like, feels like, sounds like…and how much it costs, too.
Who Built a Fully Functioning Iron Man Suit?
In the comic books and films, Tony Stark is a genius playboy billionaire.
In real life, the person that actually built a fully functioning Iron Man suit is none other than…
Adam Savage, of the popular TV show Mythbusters!
What Does a Fully Functioning Iron Man Suit Look Like?
Right now, you’re probably wondering, “What does a fully functioning Iron Man suit look like?”
In a word: AWESOME.
Truly, it does look incredible and “out of this world” in literally every possible way.
Adam Savage went above and beyond to create a fully functioning Ironman suit that looks just about as good as the ones from the Marvel’s Avengers movies themselves.
Truth be told, Savage himself claims that if Tony Stark were making his suit in our world, he’d be using the very same technology and materials that Adam and his team did.
Take a look at these photos below to get a sense of what Adam Savage was able to make happen…IRL.
How Did He Build a Real Iron Man Suit?
First of all, how cool does that suit look? So rad, right?
Once you’ve seen how it looks, it’s natural to wonder how in the world Adam Savage was able to make this thing happen at all.
For fans of Mythbusters, you’ll be familiar with Adam’s work, his attention to detail, and his utter dedication to the pursuit of what others might think or deem impossible.
On Adam’s other show Savage Builds, on the Discovery Channel, Mr. Savage goes straight up savage on building himself (and his TV audience) a highly accurate and wildly awesome superhero suit.
To make this happen, Adam used 3D printing technology, which allowed him to make each of the pieces using razor-thin titanium, working with the Colorado School of Mines and the company EOS.
Here’s a fun fact: The whole thing has 250 separate pieces!
In fact, some of the metal they used ended up being no wider than the diameter of a human hair.
That’s about 40 microns, for all the physics brains out there!
Check out this video below to see how the 3D printing for the fully functioning Iron Man suit really works.
Oh, and yes, it is bulletproof…
Adam checked. 8)
How Much Does a Fully Functioning Iron Man Suit Cost?
Now, we’ve seen what it looks like, how it was made, and if you watched the video, you also get to see a little bit of what it can really do.
Namely: fly and deflect bullets!
So, with all of that in mind, you might wonder, “How much does a fully functioning Iron Man suit cost?”
There are actually several answers to that question…
There’s a company called The Toys Asia that created their own version of the Ironman suit called the Mark XLIII (or “Mark 43”).
While you can’t actually put theirs on, it is something absolutely glorious and stunning to behold on its display stand.
Take a look at this beauty below.
Oh, right, the price. Well, it’ll set you back just a wee little bit…
It costs $365,000.
In the comics, Iron Man claims at one point that, to make the suit, it cost him about…$7,000,000,000.
Yes, that’s SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS. With a Capital B.
The Iron Man suit from the movies worn by Robert Downey, Jr., was part of a burglary once.
The LAPD estimated the cost of that particular Iron Man body armor suit (which is a costume/prop, remember) at about $325,000.
For a costume!
What about the cost of that “costume” if someone made it as it exists in the comic books and movies, but in real life?
If you’re thinking that this is where we find out what Adam Savager’s Iron Man suit costs to make…then you’re right!
According to one source, the jetpack and 3D printed suit used in the Adam Savage fully functioning Iron Man suit costs $443,000.
So, with all the titanium materials required and the price of a metric ton of the stuff at $4,800 as recently as 2018, a real Iron Man suit cost is probably around $450,000, give or take a few thousand.
That’s probably the closest answer we’re going to get, unless the Discovery Channel or Adam Savage decide to open up their accounting books and tell us…
How much did the Adam Savage Iron Man suit cost? A best guess is probably right around $450,000. That’s if you don’t need to buy the kind of 3D printer required. The EOS models can add anywhere from about $800,000 to $1.86 million to the price tag.
Do you have a fully functioning Iron Man suit of your own? If so, please let me know. I desperately need to fly one…for…research.
Have a marvelous day!
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