Mar 27, 2017 | By Julia

Raving Iron Man fans, rejoice! This one’s for you.

A group of enterprising young ravers from San Francisco have 3D printed a Tony Stark-inspired Arc Reactor Orbit. Perfect for creating your own light show on the dance floor, this one-of-a-kind orbit houses up to 8 LED lights, and can also be worn around your neck so you can “walk the floor as Iron Man.”

For those of you who are (understandably) drawing a complete blank right now, let’s catch you up to speed.

What is orbiting? The makers of the Arc Reactor Orbit define this dance floor-based activity as “a rising flow art where users spin a shining disc of LED lights in circular patterns around their bodies.”

In layman’s terms, an orbit is a circular LED-light encasing suspended on two strings. Talented orbiters are able to spin shapes, create trails, and generate a visually stunning light show on the dance floor.

So what sets the Arc Reactor Orbit apart from other orbits? Well, as the name implies, this particular gadget boasts a distinctive Iron Man flair.

Drawing their inspiration from the Marvel superhero’s famous power source, the California-based makers decided to give their own prototype a try.

“We're all big fans of the Marvel universe. After looking at the orbits on the market, we were wondering if we could create something unique, an orbit that represented us,” say the Arc Reactor Orbit team on their Kickstarter page.

“Then we thought, ‘wouldn't it be cool if one was like the Arc Reactor?’ After making a few for ourselves and seeing a lot of positive feedback from the community, we wanted to share the joy and give others a chance to own it.”

the Arc Reactor Orbit team

Beyond its power core likeness, however, the Arc Reactor Orbit sets itself apart from other orbits in a different way: this light orbit is mostly 3D printed.

Not much is provided in the way of production details, but half of the 4-piece team are mechanical engineers, so backers can expect some solid design work there. The Arc Reactor Orbit team also reports they manage their own 3D printing business, which can print up to 24 orbits per day.

While the Arc Reactor Orbit isn’t available for purchase just yet, its makers have started a small, but already quite successful, crowdfunding campaign to get their rave-friendly gadget to market. Backer rewards range from having your name written in lights and photographed (for pledges of $9) to being able to design and manufacture your own orbit with help from the Arc Reactor team (available for the hefty price of a $1000 pledge).

So far, almost $650 has been raised of the $2,000 goal, and 6 days are left in the campaign.



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