Introduction: Yet Another Fidget Toy

I got inspired by "Fidget Toys From Trash" by bulsuryana and "Fidget Cube" by TexP. Here is my idea for a Fidget Toy from (almost) trash.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Step 2: Bottom Cup - Tactiles

My tactile buttons contain 2 legs each. Just by coincidence, grooves on the sidebar of the cup fit perfectly to my tactiles legs. So I drilled around the cup a holes in a configuration 2 consecutive holes in grooves, then 2 empty grooves and again 2 holes.

I put them all together just to check if everything fits and looks nice, then I removed them before the next step.

Step 3: Bottom Cup - Push Button

Using a sharp knife (I used an utility knife) I cut a rectangular hole for my push button. I pushed it inside just to check if it fits. I removed it before next step.

Step 4: Bottom Cup - Assembling

I put all the tactile buttons into drilled holes. For every one of them I bended its legs so push button could be placed there. Then I flood it in hot glue and I left it to cool down.

Step 5: Top Cup - Hole and Shaping the Joystick

After some measurements I noticed that the joystick's plastic bottom part (the part which looks like umbrella) is way too big for a cap. So I needed to make it smaller. But then I noticed another thing, that even if it is smaller, joystick's moving range will not be sufficient. So I decided to cut the hole bottom plastic and I left it open on top of the cap. Maybe it doesn't look very well, but thanx to this I can move my joystick all around with full range.

I used pliers to roughly cut the joystick's PCB to round shape so it could fit inside the cap. I tried to make it very precise so the joystick was placed exactly in the center of the cap. After many-many tries I was able to center it quite accurate.

Step 6: Assembling Top and Bottom Cap

First I put some glue on the bottom cap (on top of the last layer of glue which was added in the 1st step), so I could glue the joystick's bottom part directly to the bottom cap. Joystick's PCB part was shaped so it fit to the bottom cap as well. After cooling, I removed glue which left over.

Then I put a little of hot glue around the bottom cap's edge (and also some on the joystick) so I could glue the top cap on top of the joystick.

Step 7: Put Some Glue Here Are There

To make a tactile buttons stayed in place, I put around some hot glue on both sides.

Step 8: Finally Done

And now I have a fidget toy. My kids love it. Unfortunately, after 5 minutes, they started complaining "Why it doesn't have any lights and battery inside?" ;) It means I need to improve it. Maybe in version 2.0...with lights, lasers, fireworks etc...

On the last photo next to my fidget, there is another one - a kind of fidget cube - built with 9*6=54 tactile buttons and a lot of hot glue. But this one is a different story...

Comments

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MR GRAVITY YT (author)2017-06-27

Amazing, I will do it

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mrsmerwin (author)2017-06-24

What I hate about spinners is that they distract the people around you. This could be used without disturbing others. I like it. I have been looking for buttons, switches, etc. That make as little sound as possible--just enough for the user to hear (or feel a slight vibration).

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DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-06-23

Very impressive. That is probably the most buttons that I have ever seen on a fidget toy.

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