Introduction: Industrial Style Fidget Spinner

About: Just an ordinary person who loves #thinking and #tinkering

Fidget spinner basically designed to help people who have trouble with focusing - those suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism or anxiety problem. But this toy has become popular for everyone today. Are we all suffering from those problems mentioned above?

The kids are having commercial ones from their aunt. Then i made mine, a heavy duty industrial style. Some say fidget is good while the other say that it may actually be more distracting. For me? I enjoy making this toy. Since it is small and pocket friendly, it sometimes stays in my pocket. Then I feel like having one of those mental problems xD

The newsletter from Makezine was showing how to make a fidget spinner with zip ties. Then I would like to give it a test. I saw that the zip ties was moving once a while. Then I decide to make a three-bladed instead of two. This is what I make.

Step 1: What You Need

  • One skateboard bearing.
  • Three medium size nuts (I use 17 mm, black, old ones).
  • Six cable ties in two bright colors.
  • Cutter.
  • Pliers.
  • Tweezers.
  • WD-40 or any degreaser.

Step 2: Bearing

  • Pry open the cap from the inside with tweezers.
  • Bearing comes with grease inside and the new one is easier to clean because the grease are commonly in the form of jelly balls. You can pick them up with tweezers.
  • Spray WD-40 or any degreaser and spin the bearing until it is light enough.

Step 3: The Nuts

Scrub the nuts on a piece of sandpaper. I did not scrub it to completely shiny but showing scratches of metallic silver on black. I love it this way. I scrubbed both circle sides and the other six hexagonal sides. Then I wiped it clean with a damp cloth.

Step 4: Purple Ties

Put three ties on the bearing separated equally. I figure out that most small bearings have 7 balls. That means we can't have a balanced spaces among those three blades. Okay, so we have two spaces having 2 balls, while the other one space has 3 balls (see picture #1).

Then I need to push those two lower zip ties downward to get more equal spaces. If you are pushing down too far, the balls will get stuck while spinning meaning the bearing can't spin at all. That is why we need another 3 zip ties to get them balanced and that is on the next step.

Now zip a nut on every tie and cut off the excessive ties. At this state, it is already spinning, but not balanced yet due to unequal spaces among blades (two balls and three balls case).

Step 5: Yellow Ties

Run a yellow zip tie through two nearby nuts starting from the 3 balls spaces. Zip it tight to get balanced spaces but do not cut off the excessive tie yet. Now run the other two yellow ties. Aligned the head to get uniform pattern. Press both nuts with your left hand and pull the tie with your right hand (see picture #2) and feel the firm of the cables.

Now cut the excessive ties short (not entirely off), so that we can still adjust using pliers. Test spin the fidget in all directions and make adjustment if necessary. After you feel the fidget moves freely, then you can cut off the excessive ties.

Step 6: Grab, Spin, Feel.

Grab it, spin it, and feel it in your hand. Tell me if you feel better or if you feel that you are suffering from ADHD. Me? I feel that this is a kind of finger sport. By moving our fingers daily, hourly, I think this will reduce stroke risks, won't it?