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Customizable Fidget Spinner Ring

by AmazingSpanoMan, published

Customizable Fidget Spinner Ring by AmazingSpanoMan Nov 25, 2013

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Summary

Design #2 of my Sensory and "Fidget" series.
Design #1 Fidget Bolt keychain can be found here...
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:175416

These fidget rings have a wide array of uses. From wearable, always ready and available stress relief to functional and appropriate stimulus for those who suffer from ADHD or other sensory issues these rings can provide a hidden non-obtrusive outlet.

When many people think of assistive technology they only think about devices that help disabled people do something they can't normally do. What many don't understand is that assistive devices can also be related to helping people function throughout their day.

Create your own! Choose a ring size and thickness of the ring and Print! Super easy right!?

Don't forget to post pictures! What color combos are you going to use.

See it in action...
http://youtu.be/r3dmpytZjOk

UPDATE V1.2
Added the ability to customize the spinner with the Knurl and Band library modules! Go at it people!

UPDATE V1.3
Added the ability to manually input ring size if "manual" is selected in the ring size selector drop down menu. Added more preset ring sizes.

UPDATE V1.4
Added the option to only view individual parts, only the ring parts or all three together. When published each piece will be created individually as well as an altogether plate AND an .STL for only the ring parts (no spinner). Hopefully this will make multi-color printing easier and prevent needless filament use to do more than one color.

UPDATE V1.5
Now you can customize your ring with a cool message! Added the ability to change the height and size of the font as well to get the perfect alignment! You can also cut the letter show the ring color shows through the spinner. Be aware that letters with holes may not print correctly.

Print Settings

Rafts:

Doesn't Matter

Supports:

No

Resolution:

200 Micron or finer

Infill:

100%


Notes:

I have had various success with lowering the infill. I find that 100% works best.
You may need to run a knife or sandpaper along the inside of each piece to get rid of any spurs that may develop naturally from the printing process.

See instructions for more information.

Instructions

This is an easy print.

No supports or raft needed.
No glue needed.The rings fit super snug and can be held together with their own created pressure.

Print these pieces @
2mm layer height (1mm works too but 2mm looks the best IMO)
1 shell
Any infill works but 100% is best.

I suggest using a transparent color as the spinner and a solid color as the actual ring. Makes a very cool effect.

Print and enjoy in spinning pleasure. Don't forget to post a MADE-ONE!!

No real post production process is needed. Though, if the spinner does not glide smoothly or feels like it is hitting something, simply taking one side of a pair of scissors, an exacto blade, or even the flat side of a key and running it along the inside of the spinner to remove any artifacts or spurs will usually fix the problem.

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I just quickly made this little guy, here is a little video of it spinning for the first time: https://youtu.be/B8-K0xPHgxg
Nice idea!

Awesome. Thanks for the video! Glad you like it!

what dimensions do you suggest I make it ??

Thanks! Great thing! my kids like it soo much!

Awesome! Looks like with Fidget spinners being banned all around my ring has had breath pumped back into it :)

This design has made me very popular. Thanks heaps

No Problem. People ask me for them all the time. :)

Cool design, comes out great other than the ring a bit wide for the spinner allowing quite a bit of side-to-side play. Will try the suggestion in one of the makes to print the spinner separately and scale it up slightly in the z-axis.

are these the things that make the fidget spinner spin

No most fidget spinners use a steel or ceramic bearing. While I'm sure this design could be built further to be similar the spin wouldn't be as satisfying using the ring as the bearing.

When I load the customizer in openscad I get an error WARNING: Can't open include file 'write/Write.scad' and the text never works.

Any ideas?

When you use the customized online the extra libraries are already included. If you download it to try it yourself you have to download the libraries separately. Do a search on Thingiverse for the missing libraries you should find the one that is missing.

Thanks for the quick reply! I had no idea this site had a customizer built in but I see it now. You just opened up a whole new world for me, thank you!!

Great! Glad to help!

works great, good idea!

It's very good idea! Thanks!

It's very good idea! Thanks!

How long does it take to print

It is a very quick print. Not much to it to be honest

Did you change the dimensions on the ring parts per size or did you just scale it?

the ring is a parametric design so when selecting or manually providing a size in mm it automatically scales the other parts to fit it with the right tolerances.

Great project ... printed right away ... great fidget! Thank you!!

I am trying to upload the documents online. It says that the product is "too tiny," and the volume must be at least .25 cm^3. I used the customizer then downloaded the files and chose mm as the units. What am I doing wrong?

Awesome fast easy print. If you have trouble getting text to show up in the customizer, make sure under Type you select Font. Would be nice if there was a bolder or more compact version of the fonts, text is nearly impossible to see since all the embossing is too thin for the printer to handle at Medium or smaller. Done on Replicator 2 at 0.1mm layer height.

When I try to customize it I get the error #<RuntimeError: 400: Bad Request license must be a string>. Any ideas?

I keep getting an error message anytime I try to save my customized ring. I could even make no changes and it pops up with an error message

Same here, I get #<JSON::ParserError: A JSON text must at least contain two octets!>

How do you size the ring? Do you change it in an editing software?

Use the customizerbor download the SCAD file and change the code to your liking.

I can't seem to get any message to print, but I had great luck with the knurled spinner design.
Also, size 5 looks like it is missing in the STL file, like maybe it got accidentally cut. I was able figure out the right number to use though.

hi it me!!!!!!you student ur the best

Very cool design, one really nice additional feature that would be nice is if there was a slight fillet on the ring edges. Give it a bit more of a comfort fit?? Love the idea/design!.

Just saw this! Great idea! Have to figure out fillets in OpenSCAD

hi i am your student in wms

Are you using customizer or did you download the scad file? If you downloaded the file, you also have to download the libraries like .write etc. and load it into the same folder as the scad file. Then try to load it up. Otherwise you can use the customizer which already call to the correct libraries.

I also have this, i'm very new to scad
WARNING: Can't open include file 'write/Write.scad'.
Total rendering time: 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds

with the message text completed I just get a round ring after render, any ideas?

Hmm first I've seen that happen I'll see if I can recreate the issue based on your created file. I believe in slicr it's called "vase". That let's you print the perimeters.

The borders around the spinning middle on my came out really large, not really sure why. Also where in slic3r is this shell setting i keep seeing?

I'm trying to find a font library that will connect the floating holes for when the open cut through option is selected. Otherwise, people will need to manually delete the extra pieces in their own editing software. Anyone have an idea or suggestion?

Added a lot of features this month. Up to version 1.5! Now you can create a custom message spinner.

A multi-spinner would replicate something I have in titanium. Maybe someone else would enjoy the idea. Thought I would share.

Love the ring! Can you post the individual components? I'd like to be able to print just the spinner, or just the ring when there is a print fail or if I want different colors. (unless there is already a way to do this in MakerWare. For me, it is treating the 3 parts as one locked piece)
The spinner prints out a bit tight (in PLA) but eventually loosens up after lots of 'fidgeting'.

Hi there! I'll take a look at the code. I'm still new to OpenSCAD but I remember seeing something in the manual about having the part export individually. Good idea! I'll see what I can do.

As far as the spinner being a little snug, I thought that originally as we'll and after a little play it smoothed out. I found that the way it prints there is a little line of extra PLA at a verticle seam. Now I just take an exacto and run it around the inside once or twice and make sure to cut out the little seem and everything is butter every time. Take about two minutes. In fact yesterday I didn't have access to my knife and used the flat side of a house key with the same results.

Nice use of the knurl library!

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