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Well , we can build an ironman arc reactor with infinity mirrors !!
Here it is , Tony Stark has a heart …… this is his HEART …. the IRONMAN ARC REACTOR
Ironman Arc reactor | Materials required
We will need the following parts to build the Ironman Arc Reactor
- LED bulbs (1.5V ~ 3.0V Battery powered)
- Battery holder
- Highly reflective solar film
- Tube (I used the tubes meant for fish pump)
- Round Mirror x 2
- An empty can drink
- Copper cables or wires
For the round mirror , we need to remove the reflective mirror coating . To do this , I first use a toilet cleaner to remove the layer of paint . Once the paint is removed , we will need to remove the silver coating . To remove the silver coating , I use the dish washing cleaner JIF or CIF (renamed ) . Once the silver is removed removed , you will get clear glass . Put the solar film coating onto the round glass
Next , we will need to remove the 2 ends of an empty can drink . Be careful when using a cutter to do this . Poke 8 holes for the 8 LEDS onto the empty can drink . Then insert the 8 LEDS .
With the rubber tubing used for the fish pump , tape the 2 ends to make a circle . The circle should be just of the right diameter that will fit the inside of the empty can drink . Then wound up some copper cables onto the round tubing . I made 8 sets of these for the 8 leds .
On one end of the empty can , mount the round mirror . On the other end , mount the round glass with solar film . Make sure that the reflective end is facing opposite the mirror . Then turn on the LEDS .
Ironman Arc reactor | prototype 2
In this ironman arc reactor i use red blinking LEDS bought from the SGD$2.00 shop , Daiso . I replace the can drink with a container that i manage to source from Daiso too for SGD$2.00 . The good thing about the container is that on the top cover , it has a clear plastic which i can easily use to mount the reflective solar film . One of the mirror will just sit inside the container . We will need to drill a tiny hole on the container for the LEDS wires to be connected outside the container , to the batteries .
Ironman arc reactor | Improvements
Now what can we do to further improve the existing ironman arc reactor . One thing is certain , the shiny empty container does a much better job in reflecting the LED lights . Notice that the copper coils was hardly visible in the second prototype . Also the blinking LED lights was relatively fast , so much so that one does not get to enjoy the entire appearance of the arc reactor when it was ON . Now there are many surface mount LED strips that we can get from the local stores . They sell them by meters at about SGD$16.00 per meter . Some come with controller too so that we can control the colour of the LEDS lights and the combination of the colours . The controller can be relatively cheap , sometimes under SGD$5.00 a piece . The only problem is that such strips LEDS require a larger voltage to operate , mostly at 12V , but they are much brighter and the effect better !!
So enjoy making your Ironman Arc reactor from Wow it WORKS !!
The Infinity mirrors uses light and one of the properties of light is that it can be reflected when light falls on an object . We see this same phenomenon when we sometimes get into a lift surrounded by mirrors .
Infinity Mirrors | Material required
To make infinity mirrors , we will need the following
- 2 glasses (square or rectangle)
- Reflective Solar films
- LEDS & batteries
- ON/OFF switch
We will need to mount the reflective solar films onto the 2 glasses . The solar film should one that is highly reflective type , very much like a mirror . So literally one side of the film acts like a mirror which the other allows one to see through . This is very much like a police investigation room that one gets to see on TV where the cops can see the suspect under investigation through a window . But the suspect can’t see the cops looking at him through the windows .
The container is to house the entire setup . We need to paint the inside of the container black allowing only the LEDS to light up . Without getting the inside of the container , there will be a lot of reflections .
Infinity Mirrors | Setup and results
This is how the setup is done . We have 4 different coloured LEDS between the 2 glass mirrors . The batteries and switch are mounted at the back of the container .
Here are the results . The effects are better with brighter LEDS and shorter distance between the 2 glass mirrors