Believe it or not, pieces of Tony Stark’s Iron Man 2 suit/armor was created using an Objet 3d printer. Basically, “Legacy Effects scanned actor Robert Downey Jr.’s hands to create flexible gauntlets no thicker than a dime, which stand in marked contrast to the gloves in the original Iron Man, which were clunky and difficult to maneuver.” Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

The printer uses an ink cartridge of powdered plastic to print an ultra-thin layer, which is then “cured” using ultraviolet light and swabbed with paint as a finishing touch. From concept to prototype, the process takes mere hours.

[via Ecouterre]