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Big Iron Man Arc Reactor Project

Posted by JFunk on 03/07/2010 in Special projects |

With some other artists doing most of the hard work for me I have some more time for some special projects. This is the first of which and it is a tough one.
The plan is to make some Pioneer HDJ-2000 headphones look like iron man arc reactors. As you can imagine these will be some of the most expensive and exclusive DJ headphones once finished and I am a little nervous as they have to be spot on and I cant afford to make any mistakes.

If you have not seen the HDJ-2000 before, they are pretty beautiful already. They are renowned as being the best designed DJ headphones on the market with their magnesium hinges and memory foam pads.
HDJ-2000

As you can imagine, such a well made pair of headphones is very tricky to get apart safely without scratching the body. It took me a couple of hours of head scratching and nervously prodding to get the ear cups off.
But as you can see it all turned out OK
Dismantled HDJ-2000

The mockup for the job looked like this…
Iron Man Headphones

The Next phase was to start to make the ark reactors. I cut two rings of plexiglass to replace the metal rings on the headphones. They had too be accurate down to 0.1mm to make it fit tightly.
arc reactor rings

Then I made the ring of tiny LEDs soldered on to two rings of wire
Ring of surface mounted LEDs

OOOh……….. Looking good
iron man chest piece
arc reactor headphones

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