Fidget Toy Hand Spinner

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Introduction: Fidget Toy Hand Spinner

About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

I saw a fidget toy on youtube somewhere and thought that I could make that. I still had some old skate bearings somewhere so this must be an easy job. The next day people saw it and now I'm almost a fidget toy production plant. I have made three different designs: One with one bearing, one with three bearings and one with four bearings. I like the last one best.

The goal of a fidget toy is to fiddle with it. Just spin it silently instead of clicking a pen or flipping a lighter and irritating your surroundings. Some people even say that fiddling can help you concentrate.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • A 3D printer (with stuff like filament, software and a computer)
  • (old) Skate bearings (1, 3 or 4)

Well, that's all I guess.

Step 2: Print the One Bearing Spinner

Use the STL file to print the parts.

If you want to change something, you can use the 123D-Design file.

Print the parts with at least 80% fill. You need this for the weight.

One of the two knobs is printed inside the hole in the spinner.

Step 3: Put the Spinner Together

Push the (old) skate bearing in the hole in the spinner. You might want to use a new bearing, because the old bearings aren't replaced on your skates for nothing.

Push a knob on both sides of the bearing.

If the bearing won't go in the hole and/or the knobs won't go on, it might help to use a vise, hamer or shoe (or whatever)

Step 4: Start Fiddling

Hold the bearing knobs between two fingers and use a third finger to spin the fidget toy.

Step 5: The Three Bearing Spinner

Use this STL to print the three bearing spinner. Both knobs are printed in the bearing holes.

Push three bearings in the printed spinner and push the knobs on the middle bearing.

Through the extra weight of the two extra bearings, this spinner spins better than the one bearing spinner.

Step 6: The Four Bearing Spinner

Use this STL for the four bearing spinner.

Again the knobs are printed in the holes for the bearings.

This spinner works best, but is a little big to put in your pocket. Still I love this one the most.

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93 Discussions

I didn't use a 3D printer, I used clay and it works very well

omg this is awsome

I bought mine on kickstarter from Robo3D.

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1 year ago

u think this is cool i do 2

that depends on the printer used and the settings. For me it takes between 1 and 2 hours.

can you make me one because there are all of these kids and i don't have one

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If you live in the Netherlands, than we must be able to arrange something. If you live somewhere else than I probably won't be able to help you.

Hey, this might be a really stupid question but is there any chance that you might be able to make me one and send it over? I have absolutely no materials to make one and I have tried to order one but it didn't arrive! I have a huge fidgeting problem and I need something like this to help me! Its okay if you cant, I just thought it was worth a shot. Sorry for bothering you.

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Hi Alison,
That depends greatly on where you live. If it is somewhere in the west of Europe, than I'm sure we can arrange something.
If it is somewhere else in the world, than you might want to try aliexpress or eBay.

use a 22 mm bearing off a skateboard thats what i use when i print them

Perhaps someone there can help you? You might have a local maker space or fablab?

i don't know but if you don't have any bearing like me do this one.https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Fidget-Spinner/

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is there a easier way and safer way to make one if yes then tell me

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What do you mean with safer?

can someone make me one and I will tell you more info if you say yes?.