Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things – Celebrate Back to the Future Day with 3D Printing!


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Well ladies and gentlesirs, today we officially live in the future. Yes, on this day, October 21st, 2015, a mad scientist named Doc Brown and his puffy-vest wearing sidekick Marty McFly traveled here from 1985 to witness all of the sights, sounds and soft drinks that the future would have to offer in the classic movie Back to the Future and the sequel, Back to the Future II.

3dp_bttf_dateSo in celebration of Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s epic journey through the time stream, I thought that there would be no better way to celebrate than by using today’s future technology to 3D print some amazing memorial keepsakes. Here are ten awesome Back to the Future-inspired 3D printable things!


3dp_bttf_flux“Back to the future” gadget – printable 4 color Flux Capacitor by Immaginaecrea

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Naturally the first model on the list is perhaps one of the most iconic bits of futuristic technology from the Back to the Future series, the invention that made time travel possible. This 3D printable Flux Capacitor project even includes room to insert LEDs to make it even more authentic.


3dp_bttf_flux_keychainFlux Capacitor Keychain by mjcous

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

If 3D printing an entire Flux Capacitor is a little bit too much for you, then this pocket-sized keychain version is perfect for you. While this tiny version of the Flux Capacitor doesn’t light up, and probably won’t hurl you through time and space, it will hold your keys. The future is magic.


3dp_bttf_deloreanDelorean by Stony

Found on: Shapeways
Cost: ~$50 (depending on material)

There was only one car that could even be cool enough to travel through time, and it was the DeLorean. When these silver sports cars rolled off the assembly line they already looked like something straight out of a science fiction movie, so when it came time for Doc Brown to stick his time travel technology into a car, this was the most obvious choice.

You can order this hyper-detailed 3D model in White Strong & Flexible material or Black Strong & Flexible material.


3dp_bttf_sunglasses_1Futuristic Sunglasses by jsirgado

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Great Scot! Just look at how prophetic this movie was. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t wear my silver futuristic sunglasses paired with my classy locomotive button down shirt. This is cutting edge high fashion here, and Back to the Future predicted that it would be what everyone who was cool would be wearing. And now you can actually make that happen by 3D printing your own pair!


“Great scot! I look like an idiot!”

And because the future is so cool, you can really see through these 3D printed glasses because of the spacing and shape of the holes. However you’re on your own with the crazy, white hair, sadly I don’t think that can be 3D printed. But if nothing else, at least Bernie Sanders found his perfect Halloween costume.


3dp_bttf_cufflinksBack to the Future’s Delorean: Cufflinks by mught

Found on: Shapeways
Cost: Ranging from $38 to $88 depending on material

These awesome 3D printed cufflinks are for the Back to the Future superfans out there. Whether you wear them on your future-themed wedding, or just wear them to work, they will be the perfect touch of nerd for your nicest business suit.


3dp_bttf_tieclipBack to the Future’s Delorean Tie Clip by mught

Found on: Shapeways
Cost: Ranging from $35 to $100 depending on material

And of course any nerd worth their salt is going to need a matching tie clip to go with their DeLorean cufflinks. At least if they want to maintain that superfan status.


3dp_bttf_cannybot_deloreanCannybot Delorean (Back to the Future) by Emanuel Garcês

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

If you’re one of the cool people supporting the Cannybots Kickstarter campaign then you’re in luck because you can have your own working DeLorean. Well, at least a small, toy version that you can program to drive along specially designed tracks.

3dp_bttf_cannybotsAnd if you have no idea what a Cannybot is, then visit their Kickstarter campaign and give them some support. These awesome, educational toys teach kids about programming, robotics and even artificial intelligence. It really is the future now!


3dp_bttf_pepsiperfectPepsi Perfect Future Bottle Lid by ThePlanetMike

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Yes, I know Pepsi is releasing special edition Pepsi Perfect bottles, but they cost over $20, and with the inevitable scarcity of being limited editions, they will probably end up costing even more. But a brilliant, if cheap, maker from Thingiverse has created a 3D printable lid that will convert any basic pilsner glass into the future beverage that was the number one choice of the McFly family.

You will have to add your own Pepsi though. Or if you want to really be a rebel you can put Coke in it.


3dp_bttf_lego_hoverboardLego Back to the Future Hoverboard by Jasonkal

Found on: Shapeways
Cost: $7 to $12 depending on the plastic material. There are also expensive precious metal options.

Sadly this is not a full-sized Back to the Future hoverboard made entirely out of LEGO pieces, I’m sorry if I got your hopes up.

While I may not be able to find you a life-sized Back to the Future hoverboard, I got your LEGO minifigs hooked up. You can have one of these little guys printed for you in any material, and it was scaled to fit LEGO figs exactly.


3dp_bttf_micromagsMicromags 8cm by cloneprops

Found on: Shapeways
Cost: $44 to $165 depending on material

While the Back to the Future movies got A LOT wrong about the year 2015, one of the things that they didn’t get wrong was the concept of self-lacing Nikes. The Nike MAG Power Laces from the movie aren’t exactly like the modern day version available from Nike, but they are close enough to be awesome. And they are one of the only bits of fashion from the movie that aren’t terrible in every conceivable way.

This mini version of the MAG Power Laces Nike is perfect as a keychain or just a collectable model. You will have to paint it to look like the picture however.
Enjoy Back to the Future day everyone!

Now let’s all go see Jaws 19 in 5D while enjoying a frosty Pepsi Perfect while riding our hoverboards, just like the movie gods intended.

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