Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below
In Endgame we got to see Tony Stark’s take on an Infinity Gauntlet, using his nano tech to make what would be dubbed the “Nano Gauntlet”. Now you can make your own without any fictional nanoparticles thanks to 3D printing.
Maker Damian Taylor is the person to thank for the model of the gauntlet we’re looking at today, telling us that he fell in love with the design as soon as he saw it on-screen and was determined to recreate it from there.
Using Fusion 360 he started on the modelling work but was limited due to the amount of reference material out there. After stopping the project for a couple of weeks, Hot Toys unveiled various products based on the gauntlet, allowing the modelling work to continue while assuring that it would be accurate to the movie.
With these new references the modelling only took between three and four hours to complete from start to finish, with the only hiccup being the fact that the prop needed to be wearable as the wrist area is too small to fit a person’s hand.
“To fix this I found a way to split the model along engraving lines and seams so that you can remove panels in order to slide your hand into the glove,” Taylor says.
While we have some great renders of the model to look at, that isn’t where the story of this gauntlet ends as other members of the Thingiverse community stepped up to actually print the prop.
One such person is Patrick Wong, who took Taylor’s model and printed it out. We featured him back in May for giving the same treatment to an impressive Optimus Prime creation, changing the colours to make a good approximation of Nemesis Prime.
Printing of the model took 46 hours to complete making a gauntlet that is 36 centimetres long, not counting the fingers.
This first larger gauntlet needed to be reduced in size to fit Wong’s hand and make it possible to pull off a snap, so it needed to be shrunken down a bit in Slic3r and printed yet again.
This new version is smaller at 28 centimetres long (also not including the fingers) and took less time to print at around 28 hours.
Red filament was chosen here to negate the need for painting. The silver parts are not painted on either but are instead accomplished with foil tape that was applied to the plastic.
The Infinity Stones are not printed but are instead some cheap fake gems bought from a toy store. These were perfect to reflect some of the light from a Christmas tree LED strip built into the gauntlet, giving the stones some of the glow we see so often in the films.