This kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own Time Circuits Display! It looks almost identical to the one seen in the Back To the Future Time Machine Delorean*. The LED displays feature our custom 14 and 7 segment displays in Red, Green, and Yellow – which are the only ones on the market that are sized and spaced to properly resemble the ones in the movie.
The control board includes an ESP32 module, which can connect to WiFi, and get accurate time for the Present Time from an NTP server. Of course, you can also enter your own Destination Time via the number keypad, and “Time Travel” to that date.
Here’s how it works:
Display colors are more vibrant in person due to the nature of multiplexing, and camera shutter speed.
For 3d print orders: Parts will come unfinished. They are printed in a fine layer height in silver, and green/white for the keypad. The keypad shown in the pictures here is not painted, but the enclosures are sanded and painted.
B-grade 3d printed parts : These are parts that have imperfections that may require additional sanding or filling to obtain a smooth finish. They are not deformed beyond usability, but didn’t make the cut for A-grade. Between 2 -4 parts will be B-grade, while the others will be A-grade. Everything else is the same.
We do not recommended installing PLA in a car since it can warp in the hot sun. If you would like to do this we would recommend selecting the ASA/ABS option, or purchasing LMB aluminum boxes & having the outside enclosure fabricated.
Alternatively, the 3d printed parts are available to print yourself here.
Backorder Update: 10/16/21 – More PCBs for the displays and control board are currently being assembled. Kits are currently shiping in about 2 weeks.
Backorder Update: 10/22/21 – Orders placed after today will ship in 2-3 weeks.
- 3x Displays in (Red, Green, Yellow)
- Gels for displays (Red, Green, Yellow)
- Mounting hardware (41x screws – display enclosure to outer enclosure, display PCB to enclosures, speaker mount, keypad mount, keypad pcb, 4x small screws for keypad PCB to bezel mount)
- Connection wiring (3x 4p JST-XH for display I2C, 1x 7p JST-XH for keypad)
- ESP32 powered control board
- ESP32 dev board (not programmed – must be flashed with Platformio or Arduino IDF with TCD software)
- TRW style number keypad (must be disassembled to use number keys, pcb and rubber backing)
- Square LED lenses (2x white, 1x red/amber/green)
- RTC battery
- Small 4ohm 3W speaker
- Display time label stickers
- 1x 3 character 14 segment display
- 10x 1 character 7 segment displays
- I2C interface:
- Red (Destination Time) is 0x71
- Green (Present Time) is 0x72
- Yellow (Last Time Departed) is 0x74
- Red 630nm
- Green 570nm
- Yellow 587nm
- Measurements: 8.5″ x 1.45″ (210.82 x 36.83mm)
- Hole Spacing (same as LMB aluminum boxes): 3.75″ x 1.28″ – 6 total
Control Board Features:
- Measurements: 4.53″ x 4.12″ (115.18 x 104.62mm)
- Real Time Clock
- Ability to get time from NTP (via ESP32 wifi)
- Class D Mono Audio Amplifier – 4ohm
- Manual volume control
- SD card slot (sd card not included)
- 2 additional GPIO outputs (13 & 14)
- 1 SPI output
- ESD filtering to prevent interference
- Can be powered by ESP32 micro USB port
- On board power supply which can take input from 6-20V DC (can be hooked up directly to a car battery)
For 3D Printed Part Orders (non-painted):
- Outer display enclosure – one piece (silver)
- 3x inner display enclosure (silver)
- 3x faceplates (silver)
- Keypad (olive green – matches original TRW – smooth on top)
- Keypad lens bracket (white)
- Keypad inner bezel (white – smooth on top)
- Enter button spacer (white)
- 3D printable files
- Display schematic
- Control board schematic
- ESP32 software
- TCD Kit Assembly instructions
*There are some small differences from ours when compared to the movie:
- The lenses in the TRW like keypad are slightly different (although Linrose B1050N lenses that look more like the original can be used if you want)
- Some month characters are impossible to duplicate with 14 segment displays (like the D and some N’s) because the ones in the movie were not actually segment displays, but gels that were swapped out depending on the month that they wanted to display.