Spinning Top Ver. 3

by kyle59, published

Spinning Top Ver. 3 by kyle59 Oct 3, 2012


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This is an updated version of the unique spinning top I designed in Sketchup. This version is a allot stronger in the weak spots so it is easier to remove from the build table. I also increased the angle so it prints cleaner with the Replicators default settings. It is designed to be printed in two pieces and glued together also to have an open space in the middle to test the spanning ability of the MakerBot Replicator. both top and bottom are printed at the same time then assembled with 4 drops of superglue at the "corners". I can also post separate .stl files for those of you who want to print it in two colors.

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  1. Print Spinning top V3 simplified.stl (I deleted superfluous geometry)
  2. do not use raft or support
  3. Assemble with one small drop of super glue on the flat part of each "corner"
  4. Align carefully and squeeze each of the four flat spots together
  5. Wait for glue to cure and Spinn!


  1. Do not use a raft, the parts on the build platform need to be flat and smooth so they can be glued together.
  2. Be careful when removing from build surface. It is super strong when the structure is complete but It can be a bit weak before the top and bottom are joined together.
  3. It will print really well with default replicator setting.

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I sliced with MatterControl and it treated the joined geometry as a subtraction so basically the arms didn't really connect to the center and it fell apart. I have seen this when I built models with overlapping geometry and didn't merge them with a Boole. But maybe other slicers don't have this issue. I might try it again using a different slicing engine. It does look like a cool top.

Sweet jumping jehosiphat this takes a long time to slice.