3ders.org - Flying Iron Man 3D printed jet suit now on sale for '340,000 at Selfridges | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

Jul 23, 2018 | By Thomas

If you've ever wanted to be a Iron Man, now you can with your very own Iron Man gravity flight suit. British inventor Richard Browning on Friday showed off his latest invention, a jet suit, during a demonstration in London.

The 39-year-old former oil trader has created an Iron Man-esque jet suit that is literally for sale right now in London’s Selfridges department store with a cool price tag of £340,000 ($443,428). Now nine wealthy consumers can order a personalized version of the 'Iron Man' suit, along with a crash course on how to fly it from Selfridges.

The suit was built using 3D printed parts, and is equipped with five kerosene-fuelled micro jet engines mounted on the arms and back. The 3D printed suit weighs 27kg and is controlled by body movement. The inventor said he reached speeds of 90 km/h, though the Selfridge suits come with a recommended limit of 50 km/h ((32 miles per hour). The suits advertise that they are able to reach an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet), and the five mini jet engines allow you to hover for about four or five minutes before needing to refuel.

"We have got another version - certainly on a cold day when you get more thrust, it'll fly for about nine minutes," Browning said.

“That’s something we’re looking to improve but it’s the inevitable consequence of flying without wings.”

The curious can see the suit at the store as well as test out a virtual reality version.

“If you watch this as an audience member you probably get exposed to more warmth than I do as the pilot,” Browning exlained. “It’s actually surprisingly calm and not very violent. It’s very passive and gentle when you’re flying it.”

Check it out in a speed/agility test below:

 

 

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