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The 10 Best 3D Printed Props from “Back to the Future”

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It’s here! Finally, “BTTF day” has arrived. For all of you who are unsure what we are referring to: That’s the exact day Marty McFly arrived in the future in the first “Back to the Future” movie: October 21, 2015.

There are lots of great 3D printed props inspired by “Back to the Future”. These are the ten coolest 3D printed props we could find. If you don’t own a 3D printer, you can have the parts printed by a professional 3D printing service. To get the best price, please use All3DP’s price comparison service.

1. Flux Capacitor with LEDs

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What is it? It’s the small device that catapults you through time. The 3D printed Flux Capacitor comes with the option of putting electronics inside. All you need are some skills, some LEDs and two AA batteries. It is meant to be a fun printing/electronics project and not a hyper-realistic prop.

Time travel factor: Maximum. Without a flux capacitor, you are trapped in your current time zone.

Where can I get it? You can get the files at Thingiverse.


2. 3D Model of Marty McFly

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What is it? It’s the model of the 2012 “Back to the Future” video game for PS3, designed by Deep Silver. The print is not too complicated, it might get some time to get the coloring right.

Time travel factor: High, as Marty’s the only guy who travels between time zones to meet his parents, right?

Where can I get it? You can get the files at Thingiverse.

3. 3D Model of Doc Emmett Brown

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What is it? Also, this 3D model was taken from the PS3 “Back to the Future” video game. Should be an moderately easy print.

Time travel factor: High. Who wouldn’t want a statue of a genius on his / her desk?

Where can I get it? Doc can be found at Thingiverse.

4. 3D Printed Hoverboard Lacelocks

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What is it? Using a blueprint from the original “Back to the Future” hoverboard, Maker TRhinerson created these lacelocks for use on any shoe.

Time travel factor: High.

Where can I get it? You can buy them at Shapeways for €13.82. If you order, contact at sales@solefuldesigns.com, subject “Hoverboard Lacelocks”. They’ll throw a few top sheet decals in the mail along with instructions on how to apply them.

5. 3D Printed Hoverboard

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What is it? A model of the Hoverboard used by Marty Mcfly in “Back to the Future 2”.

Time travel factor: High, as hoverboards are slowly becoming a reality. (see video below)

Where can I get it? Over at Thingiverse.

6. Model of the Delorean DMC-12

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What is it? It’s the iconic modified Delorean DMC-12, ready for 3D printing. It’s the only car which is capable of time travel with a distinct 80ies look. What a ride!

Time travel factor: Maximum. Not an easy print thanks to it’s high detail, though.

Where can I get it? Download the file at Thingiverse.


7. DeLorean-Inspired Time Circuit Clock

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What is it? What a beauty! This is a working model of the time circuit clock from “Back to the Future”. You 3D print the case, add a serious amount of LED Displays, and an ultraslim microcontroller board.

Time travel factor: High, especially if you have this beauty sitting on your desk.

Where can I get it? Get everything you need over at Adafruit.

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8. Delorean Tie Clip

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What is it? It’s a Delorean tie clip – here pictured in matte gold steel. Brighten up your business day with a little pop culture.

Time travel factor: High. Only real fans in your team will recognize it.

Where can I get it? You can’t 3D print this one for yourself, but get it through Shapeways in many materials.

9. Dr. Emmett Brown Futuristic Sunglasses

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What is it? In celebration of “Back to the future II” here are Dr. Emmett Brown futuristic sunglasses.
And believe it or not: you can really see through these (not enough to drive, though).

Time travel factor: Zero. But you just can look stylish in our time.

Where can I get it? Right over at Thingiverse.

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10. Guitar Game Controller (CNC)

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What is it? It’s a gaming guitar from CNCRouterParts.com put together for the 2015 Portland Mini Maker Faire. The body was cut out of MDF. The electronics are a basic PIC microchip keyboard controller with inputs from 5 industrial limit switches and a small micro-lever for the stroke button.

Time travel factor: Low. But you can have a lot of fun with it playing 80ies tracks in Guitar Hero.

Where can I get it? You can get the files at Thingiverse.


Did we miss any great 3D printed props? Then feel free to add to the comments. Thanks!