You either love them or you hate them. They’re a cure or a curse. Either way, they’re all the rage. I’m referring of course to fidget spinners. If you were at the RAPID + TCT Show in May, you saw them across the show floor, 3D printed in all manner of materials. You can’t help but be drawn to them and once you try one, admittedly, they’re difficult to put down.
Not to be left out, we selected a fidget spinner as our August part of the month. We built it with our Rize One 3D printer using our Rizium One thermoplastic compound that prints isotropic parts (uniform in x, y and z axes) 2x stronger than ABSplus and even stronger than carbon fiber-reinforced parts, as demonstrated in a recent independent study. Our fidget spinner was printed in a single build, in three sections on one support structure.
To avoid any confusion, we 3D printed our Rize logo on several areas of the part. After printing, we released the three sections of the part from the support in just a few seconds and assembled them with bearings in the holes.
Minutes later, we took it for a spin – literally!
- Build time: 1.9 hour
- Support removal: a few seconds, with bare hands at an office desk
- Total turnaround time: 1.9 hour
- Filament: 18 grams
- Cost: $2.60