3D Printed Fidget Spinners
Hey folks! Today I am gonna talk to you about some of my Fidget Spinners! Until this year I had never heard about these so called “Hand Spinners” or “Fidget Spinners”. Well after printing out a few frames that I found online I decided that I would design my own frame and see if I could get good or better results. Two frame designs in I found the design that I would keep and called my own. I used my Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer to print out some frame prototypes so I could check if my measurements were correct.
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I am now comparing the spin types and the speed of two bearings: the first bearing is by Spitfire and they work well, good spin times and fairly smooth. The second bearing is by Bones and they are also good bearings, they spin smooth and for just as long. The only difference I can distinguish is that the Bones Bearings spin a little quieter and smoother than the Spitfire Bearings.
The Spinners show below are printed with Hatchbox PLA and to be honest I feel that the PLA material is far superior than ABS when it comes to Fidget Spinners. I’ve printed Spinners using both ABS & PLA, and I prefer using PLA for the Spinners. I have had way less stress fractures that you commonly see with ABS, the PLA also has a great surface finish. Most of the spinners I’ve made spin for at least 30 seconds and up to a 1 1/2 minutes! A lot of people don’t care that it spins for more than 15-20 seconds, well I prefer long spin times, so these work out for me and most other people seem to like this design as well.