Despite being on trend for the past several years, Fidget Spinners are everywhere! This little gadget of mindless distraction is likely the single most 3D printed item, and very simple in design, so it’s understandable why makers, young and old, are eager to design their own version.
This is a great 3D printing project because it will provide you all there is to know about the mechanics of fidget spinners and how to create your 3D printable file.
The Fidget Spinner is a simple project that uses three 3D-printed parts and a bearing from McMaster-Carr. Learn how to use the McMaster-Carr part browser, basic 3D modeling, and how to make mechanical joints.
Modelling demo and files: If you’re unfamiliar with Fusion 360, here’s a handy 3D Printing Class to get crash course in using the program. The application is free to students and hobbyists, so there’s plenty to be had for educational support as you get to know it.
This is a fun and pretty easy project, and if you follow the complete instructions, which includes instructional webinars and video, totally do-able for the beginner maker.
3D design and printing truly allows just about anyone access to fabrication and prototyping with relative ease. If you’re interested in learning the basics in design, 3D printing and fabrication, be sure to check out all of the cool courses we have on offer.