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Fidget Cube Replica

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Fidget Cube Replica by dudu_abdu Oct 30, 2016

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Summary

This is my own design of the Fidget Cube.
Parts list:
6xTactile switch - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10-100-pieces-lot-6-6-7-SMD-tact-switch-6x6x7mm-SMT-micro-Black-button/32714736875.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.Z1VfaQ

1xSteel ball bearing - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-precision-G16-0-002mm-Stiffiness-62-Bearing-Steel-13mm-Antiacid-corrosion-resisting-bearing-ball/32343119889.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.Z1VfaQ

1xJoystick - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-Hot-Sale-New-3D-Analog-Button-for-PSP-2000-Joystick-Console-Stick-Repair-Moduel-Replacement/32675523519.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.Z1VfaQ

1xBearing 4x13x5mm - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10PCS-LOT-624-624Z-624ZZ-ball-bearing-4-13-5-mm-4x13x5mm-chrome-steel-bearing/1831141476.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.Z1VfaQ

1xSmall rocker switch - you need this type https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-new-100-Taiwan-deliwei-imported-miniature-gold-pin-switch-toggle-switch-rocker-switch-type-2/32733294071.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.49.8rbQhh&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_422,searchweb201603_1&btsid=e6dc3a60-5879-4834-a3c2-b898dd7b49fd
the plastic handle need to be removed

1 mm steal rod (see in the pictures)

The sixth tactile switch is located inside the ball holder

Important - glue the tactile switchs + "buttons" in their place first, and after that glue the "ball holder" (and remember to locate the sixth tactile switch and the steel ball bearing inside the 'ball holder" before gluing it)

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Printer Brand:

Printrbot

Printer:

Simple Black

Rafts:

No

Supports:

Yes

Resolution:

0.2

Infill:

100% on the small parts, 25% on the body


Notes:

All the parts were printed with PLA.
Print Body1 with a brim.
Body1 and Body2 were printed with 25% infill, rest of the parts were printed at 100% infill.

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I can't find the specific ball bearings mentioned, is there any alternative?

Feb 9, 2017 - Modified Feb 9, 2017
Curiosity7 - in reply to JLuke20

If you have a CAD software you could design your own. The outer diameter is 21.1 mm

What's the reason for cutting the holder for the tactile switches in half?

clearance for the ball bearing mount, see the seventh picture

What's the reason for cutting the holder for the tactile switches in half?

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are the buttons supposed to slide onto the smd push buttons or supposed to sit on top of them? (the moving part)
do you use glue between the both?

thanks in advance

slide onto... its a thigh fit so you can sand the inside a bit. i used super glue just in case but you don't really need to. but if you decide to use glue, put a tiny bit inside the printed buttons and make sure you don't glue the entire thing solid.

what glue did you use? also, the gears were not fitting properly. any suggestions?

i used thick super glue, and every printer have different tolerance, so some filling is needed, i can tell you i filed some parts a bit to get a perfect fit (especially the slots)

Had an issue with the roller file, added the support to the file and it worked!

of course you need support, read the print setting

so much sass, I love it

How did you smooth the pla parts like in the picture? Also i cant seem to find the rocker switch anywhere but AliExpress. On AliExpress it costs $8 for shipping :O do you know where i can get it cheaper?

look in the older comments

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Awesome job !
Can you just provide the rocker hole dimension ?

8x26mm is the surface hole. the inside bracket is 7x26

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what is the problem with the print?

when it starts to print the disc area (once the post is done printing), the printer head moves off to the right and begins to print in mid air.

printed it again and it worked just fine. maybe the problem is in your printer

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Well done! it is very nice , i am trying to find on ebay Small rocker switch but it is hard ,maybe does it has another name?

try Miniature Toggle Switch or Q24. i bought from an electronics store

Really awesome BUT! i have found ONE thing that seperates this from the original one!
There are no silent clickers! :O!

(Good job on the rest!)

lol yeah i know that, i think the clicking sound add to the effect.

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I'm a backer and i think i have everything else than the "round red glider around thing".

If you would like i could make this and compare it to the original :D

Dec 15, 2016 - Modified Dec 15, 2016
dudu_abdu - in reply to Olde94

that would be perfect!

What size steel rod do i need? 1mm in diameter, but how long?

I like the design but is there a possibility that I can make all the parts on the 3d printer?

I have my own design of the fidget cube here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1977747
It's fully printable and requires no extra hardware

Fully 3D Printable Fidget Cube

Unfortunately that's impossible, you cant print mechanical stuff like the Tactile switch, joystick and rocker switch.

Thanks , I just wanted to know also where can I buy the rocker , tactile switches and joystick.
a mechanical shop or a more specific shop?
P.S.
Do you mind giving me the measurements so I can make it from wood? please?

i have in the description links for every part

The cost of the switch (including shipping) is the price of original fidget cube. Do you know a cheaper alternative to suggest ?

You don't have to buy it online. The toggle switch was the only component i bought from a local electronic store at a cost of just 1$.
I think the type you need is called Q24 .

what did you use to smooth out the PLA or is your printer super awesome.

The print quality at the PrintrBot Simple Metal is quit good, so all you need to do is some sending to smooth off the print lines and if you want a glossy look a thin spry of acrylic topcoat

This is a super cool build, especial since I wanted a fidget cube and missed the deadline. My only request is a more detailed tutorial, because I am a little confused on how you would stick it all together. Thank you so much. I will be printing one asap.

The cube is glued together so making a tutorial will be a bit problematic now, but if you got stuck at any stage of the build, feel free to ask me a question, and i will try my best to help.

what glue did you use to assemble the cube's internal components?

This is by so far one of the coolest things I have seen on this website! (and very accurate to the real thing)

Will post if I make one

Are the subminiature rockers a standard size? Or is there one on aliexpress that would work?

I updated the link to an Aliexpress one. basically I tried different kind of switches and this one was the best because of it's small dimensions and the fact that the switch doesn't have a pivot, so you just pull off the plastic handle and insert the 3D printed part instead.

Perfect, thanks! I hate that those are so expensive... but that seems to be pretty much par for the course.

you can try to find one at your local electronic store. this was the only item i didn't order from ali

It would be awesome to fit a bluetooth chip inside this so the buttons work :)

I have to try printing this just to see if my M3D can do it! Awesome work on the model. This would be my kids favourite print ever if I can get it done.

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