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Printable Fidget Cube

by drjames, published

Printable Fidget Cube by drjames Jan 16, 2017

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This is my version of a printable fidget Cube. It is fully printable excluding the five buttons.

Full credit for the Fidget Cube-idea goes to Antsy Labs (https://www.antsylabs.com/) who ran a very successful kickstarter campaign. My design is just loosely based on the real fidget cube and borrows other design ideas from similar designs uploaded here on thingiverse, including:

Twitch Block by MatterHackers (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1798009)
Fidget Cube by CThig (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1844556)
Fidget Cube replica by dudu_abdu (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1859311)

Please have a look at their designs as well!

Required Items

  1. A set of printed parts (See HowTo)
  2. Four 6 x 6 x 5mm tact switches (like these: https://goo.gl/QX8TDc)
  3. One 8.5 x 8.5mm latching push button (like these: https://goo.gl/PLje5V)
  4. Glue suitable for your filament of choice.

HowTo

  1. Print each of the three files. Cube and caps with 20% infill, no support, "things" (Buttons, wheel, etc.) with 50% infill, no support.
  2. Clean prints as best as possible by filing, sanding, etc. This is important, as there are some pretty steep overhangs in this design.
  3. Insert switches and buttons into their respective holes and cover with printed buttons. (Most probably you need to remove the pins/contacts from your buttons to make them fit)
  4. Use a piece of 1.75mm Filament as axle for the gear wheels. Push through from maze side to rocker-switch side of the cube.
  5. Push in the printed rocker switch
  6. Insert sliding knob into maze by pulling the maze cap slightly upwards

If all goes well (Test/break in all moving parts until they move freely) you should glue the six caps on to keep them in place.

Be careful not to glue any buttons/sliders in place permanently!

Have fun :D

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I really love the blue and green you used on the cube on the left. What brand/colors are those?

Hey, thanks :) I used eSun "glass light blue" PLA and "transparent green" PETG from 3DPSP.de

I just took the springs out of a few pens instead of using the switches, the feel is probably not a nice but I did not feel like ordering anything...
Awesome design!

Good Idea! Thanks for your feedback :)

Hey I really like the design! Sorry, but my name is CThig not CThing. Also, could you remix this from the three people you got ideas from? It is just for being courteous to others. Thanks!

Hello! Wow I'm really sorry I got your name wrong! I have corrected it now. As for marking my thing as a remix of the other designs: I originally decided against it because I didn't want to "hijack" views by linking up with so many things. Thank you for your message and your cube design! :)

Will a smaller button like a 6x6x4.3 work?

Yes, i think it will - as long as you manage to glue it in place so that it does not go in too far. Should work with a little bit of hotglue or some kind of putty.

Hola me gusta tu diseño
Hallo ich mag dein design

Grazie mille :)

.step? Please and thank you

Hey, this is done in designspark mechanical which does not support STEP/IGES export. I can provide the .rsdoc file if that would help.

how do you secure the gears into the cube, it has holes in the center cube and the gears but doesn't mention any way to secure it

never mind, after thoroughly reading the how to I saw how you do.

Hi, a piece of 1.75mm Filament works nicely. Please share a make if you built it, thanks!

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