Jake Laser AKA JLaservideo is a popular Youtuber with over 2 million subscribers to his channel. In his videos he turns fictional gadgets and inventions into real world working prototypes. His undergraduate degree in physics from Saint Lawrence University has helped him to build things like self-tightening Spider-man suits, Thor’s hammer Mjolnir that can summon electricity on command and also a working Iron Man suit.
In this article we’re going to be taking a closer look at some of his gadgets and explaining exactly how they work. So without further adieu, let’s get into it.
Real Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir
If you’re a Marvel fan you’ll know that Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is one of the most powerful weapons in the Universe. Made from Uru metal by Eitri the blacksmith, Mjolnir was given to Thor by his father Odin. Thor uses the Hammer on multiple occasions in the MCU to shoot lighting and defeat his enemies.
Unfortunately for JLaservideo, he was unable to locate any Uru metal for his build due to the fact that it doesn’t really exist. Instead he used a quasi continuous-wave double resonant solid state Tesla coil to create the lightning effect. Yeah, I also have no idea what any of that means. Luckily, Jake is much smarter than I am and managed to use the technology to build a hammer that can actually shoot lightning!
Laser explains in his video how although the electricity looks impressive, it’s not actually too dangerous. He even goes as far as testing it on himself. Check out the full video for yourself below:
Real Captain America shield that actually bounces back
Next up we have Captain America’s shield. In the Marvel Universe this thing is a bit of an anomaly. That’s because although it’s the strongest metal on Earth, Vibranium, it can bounce of surfaces and return to Captain America at will. In Captain America Civil War Spider-man even jokes about it by saying “that thing does not obey the laws of physics at all”. So how in the hell do you go about making one of these in real life? Don’t worry JLaservideo has got your back.
Like with the Uru from Thor’s hammer, Jake was unable to find any Vibranium for this build. Still, to make sure the shield was as strong as possible, Laser made the main piece from carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is famous for it’s high durability and low weight making it perfect for this build.
The next problem was how to make it bounce. Although carbon fiber is great for strength it would not bounce like Cap’s shield. For this Jake decided to attach a fiberglass ring to the outside of the shield, giving it the flexibility to bounce. And in all honesty the results are a lot more impressive than you might think. A working Captain America shield! Check out the video below for yourself:
Real self-tightening Spider-man suit
In Spider-man Homecoming there is a scene in an alleyway where Peter Parker changes from his regular clothes into his Spider-man suit. Although when he puts on the suit, the fit is extremely loose and baggy. With the press of a button on his chest the suit tightens around his body giving Spider-man his usual more recognizable look.
To achieve similar results Jake Laser used his inner Tony Stark. Jake used something called NiTinol. This material is like an artificial muscle. It can operate from memory. It works by remembering its shape once heated. By incorporating these NiTinol springs into his suit he was able to heat them using electricity from a battery supply and Voila! A self-tightening Spider-man suit (Mark 1).
Check out the video for yourself below:
Real Iron Man suit that fits inside a briefcase
In Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark is attacked by Whiplash when he doesn’t have his suit on. Luckily for Tony, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan were on hand to help out by sliding him a briefcase. Not just any briefcase though. This briefcase contained Tony Stark’s entire Iron Man suit which led to possibly one of the greatest suit up scenes in MCU history.
To replicate this in his own workshop Jake had to create everything from scratch as this had never previously been attempted. Probably for good reason. Jake designed the suit on his computer by creating 3D models. He then took those 3D models and used a CBC Plasma cutter to cut the metal into the correct shape.
The entire suit weighs about 100 pounds and folds on top of itself so that it can fit confortably inside the briefcase. Tony Stark would be proud. Even if it can’t fly yet. Check out the full video for yourself below:
Real Black Panther Sound Proof Shoes
In the Black Panther movie, Shuri is a bit of a genius to say the least. As the sister of T’Challa she is responsible for most of the gadgets that are woven into Black Panther’s suit. One of the most interesting inventions that Shuri comes up with is sound proof shoes so that T’Challa is able to go about his business in stealth mode.
Without Wakanda’s resources JLaservideo came up with an alternative solution to achieve the same results. To create the sound proof shoes Laser used a mix of fabric, soundboard, Memory foam and Aerogel. Aerogel is the secret ingredient in all of this. Aerogel is basically a gel where gas is used instead of a liquid making it extremely light weight. It’s also used in space missions due to its ultra low density and it’s also great at collecting dust.
When Laser tested the shoes with a decibel meter he found that they were basically no more noisy than ambient noise. I don’t know why I would need a pair but I want them right away! Check out the full video for yourself below:
As impressive as this list is, it’s only a fraction of what JLaservideo has built since he began his Youtube journey. Make sure to check him out over on his channel via the videos above. What would you like to see Jake Laser build next? It seems like nothing is outside the realms of possibility for a guy of his talents.
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