Building Iron Man
SEASON 1, EPISODE 1
Adam Savage teams up with a daredevil inventor to build an authentic Iron Man suit that flies and stops bullets just like Tony Stark’s.
Savage Builds is on Fridays at 10p E/P on the Discovery Channel (following the new Battlebots).
On to the review, is it worth watching? YES. Everyone is busy, the competition for 41 minutes in our lives is street brawl with no rules. If you like making things, how things are made, how they are “unmade” with explosives, this show has it all. The show premiered Friday night, however Limor and I watched it Sunday night since Friday to Sunday afternoon was electronics, coding, and prototyping. Our cable provider does on-demand now, so we were able to watch it any time, and skip (some of) the commercials. It’s also online. I feel this is important, it was not hard to watch this when we had the time.
Savage Builds to me seems like an evolution of Mythbusters: and then some… Mythbusters: tested something that may or may not be true, where Savage Builds celebrates the builder, the maker, the super-advance technologies that can make a Tony Stark functional Iron Man suit come to life, get shot (no damage), blown up, and fly.
What sparks any of us to decide to make something, or a kid who decides to take the life long journey of being an engineer? For some, it might be this show. Can we (humans, 2019) make something we see in the movies like an Iron Man suit? Yes, and wow – the build is as impressive as any special effects and CGI. The 3D printing of titanium, the flying, it’s all possible, just gotta have the skills which are obtainable with smarts, dedication, and working with other talented people.
If you are a young person now, watch this show, you can do this, you can make this, while it’s technically impressive, it’s not magic, or movie magic. It’s engineering. There has never been a better time to jump in. Imagine what you’ll be able to make in less than 10 years if this is possible now.
3D printing with titanium, about 250 parts! It must have taken MONTHS of print time.
Riveting titanium plates with Clecos. Handy tip!
Craig Brice, professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, helped Adam Savage design and build the suit.
Seeing the challenges of learning to fly with a Gravity Jet Suit in hours. Richard Browning of course makes it look easy.
It was also great to see Jen Schachter‘s work on the show builds as well.
Savage Builds is off to a perfect start, we’re looking forward to the rest of the episodes. Congrats Adam and team.