‘Iron Man’ Style Phone Glove 3D Printed on Objet Connex

Here’s another innovative “design-to-prototype” story enabled by Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology:

Iron Man glove


Bryan Cera is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he’s studying for an MFA in Art and Technology. Using the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing system he’s created these very “Iron Man” type gloves known as the ‘Glove One’ concept – that even incorporate a working phone! Judging by the green parts in the photo below it seems they’ve used Objet’s ABS-like Digital Material (a very tough composite material, only available on the Objet Connex system). This material is typically used when smooth yet paintable surfaces are required with a robustdrillable, snap-fit medium.

The Objet printed parts were then applied with various layers of paint and polish to produce the final shell. More pics are available on the Ponoko blog.

According to Bryan, “Creating Glove One began with the circuit, which ended up being the board from an existing mobile phone. I took apart close to 100 used phones before I found the perfect size, shape and functionality for the project.”

“Using CAD software, I designed components around that circuit. Aside from the used phone’s electronics, 12 smt switches, and few micro bolts and nuts, everything was designed by me and then fabricated via 3D printing, laser cutting, or CNC milling. I outsourced the 3D printing to Ponoko, a 3D printing service, who printed the components on an Objet Connex.”

“Before assembly, each component was sanded, painted, and polished. I designed the fingers to snap together without any extra hardware.. then each would be attatched to the base of the glove by micro bolts and springs. The glove was then wired by soldering extension wires from the circuit to the finger-mounted buttons.”

Check out Bryan’s work here.

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  • Miloud Rabah
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    Hi my friend”where an i buy this gloves”i have the suit but not good gloves
    best wishes from germany”

  • Angel
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    So… and tho I have a feeling that I’m being rude in asking this… Would you be willing to make one for someone who’s willing to pay for it?

    • Stratasys Staff
      May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

      Not rude – but see my comment above. Unfortunately, we aren’t the right address…

  • Angel
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    So.. for the hope there is a glimmer at the end of this tech tunnel… would you take a commision for one of these?

  • Tom Best
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM


  • Craig
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    Must be dense… Looks pretty cool but there’s no keypad so how would you dial a telephone number?

  • your mom
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    rip off they have something exactly like this at

    • Get facts straight
      May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

      The glove in that link is basically a glove headset… the one here is a functional phone.

  • thewaydown
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    if it take them 50 yrs to make this happen ill be like “back in my day pepole who played with their hands were known as ‘foreveralone'”.

  • Johnfridge
    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    Okay so who didn’t see that this was 3D printed??? … everyone is asking about buying one, bla bla …. have you all not been on the OPEN SOURCE CAD sites. And wanna pay someone stupid money to get into your geek fad, then that’s okay, but you could be making these ALL DAY with a 3D Printer of your own you can get setups as cheap as 500 dollars. May have to do the assembly, but they work well, I purchased an 800 set and its fun for making whatever … although you may have to do each set of finger or 2 fingers at a time …

    • Johnfridge
      May 13, 2012 8:25 AM

      Oh But props to Bryan Cera for his design …. no doubt its a really cool design, but the guy who makes the Iron Man gloves that shoot out lazers and now flames is even giving that design away …. OPEN SOURCE

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