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Old 09-12-2017, 08:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am sure that everyone has seen the latest fad going around with the Fidget Spinners. I saw them a while back but was not ready to spend upwards of $6.00 to buy one.

Last week, however, I was in my local Dollar Tree and there at the checkout counter were boxes of these things for $1.00 each. So, I bought three of them. Two I left at home, and one I brought into work with me.

They are really good quality-wise and they have quite a bit of weight to them so that they spin for a long time.

The only draw back I found on mine, was that there was a small area where the plastic was pumped into the mold that rough from when they broke it off the when they took the item out of the mold. It took me about two minutes with a sharp knife to smooth that out.

I have plans for making these with my hobby CNC machine, and I am going to try and make some with wood.
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A fellow club member showed one he turned a couple of months ago. He just turned a wooden disc (double sided) and inserted a bearing in the center. It spun very nicely!
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The plans that I have a for the three legged kind. So, that is what I am going to try making out of wood. I will probably get a 1/16" think wood and laminate different colors to make the starting blanks.
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How many fidgets will it hold when done?
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The market has softened on these from what I understand. My source is a buddy whose 10 year old son had 4 different 3D printers running these at one point. He made probably 12-20k selling these wholesale and retail. It's dropped way off in recent months.
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The market has softened on these from what I understand. My source is a buddy whose 10 year old son had 4 different 3D printers running these at one point. He made probably 12-20k selling these wholesale and retail. It's dropped way off in recent months.
The market for the "run of the mill" fidgets has dwindled, but for really custom and innovative ideas, the market is still open. Think of the market for executive toys, desk "ornaments" that people buy for the hard to buy person.
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Well that's true, MassDrop sells out of $65+ fidget spinner regularly. Didn't mention it because I suppose my brain still can't accept it.
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I have plans for making these with my hobby CNC machine, and I am going to try and make some with wood.
Made one about four months ago out of two layers of 3mm craft plywood cut out out on a 2500mw laser. Used old skate bearings but recently replaced the center bearing with a vxb ceramic bearing. Grand kid have it now.

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Well that's true, MassDrop sells out of $65+ fidget spinner regularly. Didn't mention it because I suppose my brain still can't accept it.
I know of hand machined $600 all metal spinners. Some sent to China, the same place that makes knockoffs of his work.
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There is a lot of "room" for innovators, the ones with artistic ability to create different styles. I have seen some that made me wonder what the guy was smoking when he thought that one up. Then I met the guy, in reality, it was his artistic brain functions that created the weird ideas.
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