Hacksmith Industries makes Wolverine Claws on YouTube

If you’re a comic book or sci-fi fan, you’ve probably heard of Hacksmith Industries. The Extreme DIY team is rightly well known for their series of real-world interpretations of iconic comic book tech, Thor’s hammer To Iron Man’s Glove of Might To Thanos’ sword. (And, of course, they made a a whole bunch of lightsabers.) With their new video, the crew get back to basics, with what may seem like an equally simple project: Wolverine’s adamantium claws.

As the titular James Hobson Hacksmith points out in the video, this is a callback to his very first project over a decade ago when he was also making a pair of Wolverine claws. (He also revisited the character, which he called his favorite superhero, to create a set of bone claws.) But none of these projects included the famous mutant’s healing power.

For the new project, Hobson and his team asked if they could use technology to mimic this almost magical self-healing ability. They start by looking at smart alloys, metals that respond to different types of external stimuli. To make claws that will bend and deform, but return to their original shape, they are deposited on titanium nickel, the same metal used in orthodontic appliances. The main characteristic of nickel titanium is its ability to retain its shape, even after being deformed or bent, after heat is applied.

Once the claws are cut and polished, they really look like a pair of adamantium claws. The testing process involves cutting out everyday items by Hobson, including a watermelon, foil can, and season-appropriate pumpkin. Mission accomplished.

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