Introduction: 3D Printed SpinTeck Vortex Fidget Spinner
Due to the recent craze of fidget spinners, I decided to make a unique, one-of-a-kind fidget spinner that I call the SpinTeck Vortex. I wanted a sleek, clean design that could easily be printed on most consumer FDM machines, and fit a 22mm bearing. After many iterations of a base shape, I ended up with a functional spinner in a modern package.
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Step 1: Making the Models
I based the design of the Vortex body off of the SpinTeck logo, changing the scale and height of the model. After a rough draft of the basic S-shape, I worked through many models, and eventually worked a vague idea into a digital model.
Originally, the bearing caps were the only file with a logo, and even then the logo was not fully developed.
A word of advice: Do not be afraid to try and improve your work, no matter how perfect it may seem. Don't be discouraged if you find something wrong with your model; use the experience to improve even further.
Step 2: 3D Printing the Body
If you do not own a 3D Printer, then you can use 3D Printing services like Shapeways to print the model for you. If you do own a 3D Printer, you will need to import the .STL files into your slicing software (Slic3r, Cura, etc.) to convert the files to g-code.
Once the parts are printed, you then insert the three bearings (Be warned, the center bearing is a tight fit to ensure it stays in place).
Step 3: Provided Files for Your Use
The included files are the intellectual property of SpinTeck. Enjoy!
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