Adam Savage decided to make a real-life flying Iron Man suit. The former Mythbuster has started a new Discovery Channel series titled Savage Builds and the first episode is dedicated to the Iron Man build. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been making some pretty amazing suits over the years with incredible detail, but this just might be the best in terms of what Tony Stark would make if he were a real person and not a comic book character.
Adam Savage got the idea to make the Iron Man suit after learning about the 3D printing company EOS, who are able to print titanium. Technically, the suit is made from thin titanium and not iron, but it is bulletproof, as the video shows. The suit was tested using .22, 9mm, and .45 bullets, each one leaving a minor scratch on the armor. Marvel Studios provided official design dimensions from the movies, which were then plugged into the computer to make each individual piece. Savage had this to say about the build.
"It sounds like hyperbole, but I swear... if Tony Stark was not fictional and he was building an Iron Man suit right now, this is precisely how he would do it and this is the exact technology he'd be using."
In order to get the Iron Man suit to fly like it does in Avengers: Endgame, a jetpack from Gravity Industries was provided. As for how the suit is able to fly, or in this case hover, Five 1,000-horsepower miniature jet engines were strapped to the titanium suit, which is pretty crazy. While the suit isn't able to fly next to jets in the sky, it was able to hover about 15 feet off of the ground.
Adam Savage was overall very happy with his Iron Man suit build, though he did not try on the suit in the end. He did mess with the jetpack technology and had a blast trying to get the hang of the controls. Savage Builds premieres on the Science Channel and already aired on the Discovery channel. Each episode covers a new build from the former Mythbuster. Savage had this to say about his new show.
"This new series is a culmination of sorts, as I get to work with some of the most brilliant minds out there as we attempt to solve really absurd ideas that I've had in my head for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to dive into. Of course, the most absurd ideas are often what generates the most innovative engineering."
Savage Builds is now available to stream on the Discovery Channel, which is the only place to see the Iron Man build in full. However, there are some pretty significant clips online that show off quite a bit of the episode and feature the suit in action, from flying to taking bullets. You can watch ten minutes of the episode below, thanks to the CNET YouTube channel.