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To design and create a high performance, multifunctional, customizable, and affordable fidget toy spinner. I had used several different fidget toys and all of them work great but none of them checked all the boxes on my wish list. So, I created Spinpal which was fully funded on Kickstarter in December of 2016.
While finalizing Spinpal's design I received a lot of great feedback from family and friends. Kids absolutely loved Spinpal, but I soon realized a smaller version of Spinpal would be even more useful for kids and everyone who loves fidget spinners. My wife, a teacher, has seen the benefits that fidget toys can have in the classroom. She had the great idea of turning Spinpal into the first pencil topper fidget spinner and Spinpal Mini was born. Spinpal Mini has all the same functionality as Spinpal but in a smaller package which also allows it to become a pencil topper. Spinpal Mini is portable, durable, and easy to use.
Funds are needed to scale manufacturing which will reduce production time and increase part quality. Every Spinpaler (Spinpal-Backer) is important to us and the key to Spinpal’s success. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and share your questions or concerns.
Meet Spinpal Mini
3D Printed ABS blades can be changed by pressing the center bearing out of the assembly. This allows for changing the look of your Spinpal Mini on the fly. Additional Blades will be avalibale as an add-on item on BackerKit.
Extreme performance and high quality ceramic hybrid bearing with stainless steel races and ceramic balls.
Three steel balls maximize spin performance and can snap in and out for an added fidget function.
O-rings which allow Spinpal Mini to be placed anywhere along the length of a pencil so you can find your perfect balance. Spinpal Mini works on any writing utensil that can pass through the bearing.
Removable Center Stud
Center Stud helps you hold Spinpal Mini when using it as a hand spinner. The center stud also allows the user to use the top spin and flat spin.
- 1.00” Radius (2.00” Diameter)
- 1.86” Width (Arm to Arm)
- 1.70” Height (Arm to Gap)
- 0.50" Thick
Under 36 grams
Functions (see demo video above)
Pull out steel ball and snap back into place.
Grab on to one of Spinpal’s three steel balls and rotate in between fingers.
Remove center stud and slide on flat surface like Shuffeboard puck.
Grasp Spinpal Mini’s center stud handle in between your pointer finger and thumb (top and bottom orientation does not matter). Then use your other hand to let it rip. Don’t worry; Spinal Mini has been tested to spin even in the smallest of hands, including children as young as 2 years-old.
Place Spinpal Mini’s center stud ball down on a flat surface. Then support Spinpal Mini by its three arms and spin like a top.
Place Spinal Mini’s center stud flat side down on a level surface. Then push down on the top of the center stud and spin.
Pencil Topper Spin
Slide one pencil o-ring onto the pencil, then slide Spinpal Mini onto the pencil. Next, slide another pencil o-ring onto the pencil and smash the Spinpal Mini in between the two o-rings. Position Spinpal Mini where ever you would like.
Hold Spinpal Mini in one hand and use thumb to spin the center stud only.
Customized Color Combos will be selected via email survey through Backerkit (see below) once the project has ended.
19 Total Colors
- A - White
- B - Yellow
- C - Orange
- D - Red
- E - Pink
- F - Purple
- G - Light Blue (Cobalt)
- H - Blue (Navy)
- I - Light Teal (Aqua)
- J - Light Green (Kiwi)
- K - Neon Green (Lime)
- L - Green
- M - Gray
- N - Black
Stretch Goal Colors
- O - Glow in the Dark (Glow)
- P - Gold
- Q - Silver
- R - Bronze
- S - Copper
Removable Thumb Screw Center Stud
Spinpal is excited to announce that we will be using BackerKit to survey, collect data, and process pledges for fulfillment. Backerkit allows for a more straight forward and in depth survey to streamline pledges / add-on items and speed up the shipping process. Once the project has been completed, surveys will be sent out so backers can select their custom Spinpal Mini color options and add-on additional discounted Spinpal Minis and/or additional blades to their pledge. The landing page will unlock once the surveys have been sent.
- Unlocked | 5K - Additional Blade Color Options
- Unlocked | 10K - Removable Thumb Screw Center Stud
- Unlocked | XK - Custom Stand and Ring Attachment
- Concept Design: November 5, 2016
- Finalize Design: December 9, 2016
- Launch Date: December 19, 2016
- Campaign Ends: February 1, 2017 (44 days)
- Receive Funds: February 15, 2017
- Ship Orders: March 2017 - April 2017
FREE Domestic Shipping for all rewards!
International shipping is also available at every reward level. Additional funds my be requested once final shipping costs are calculated for specific locations. We will do our best to keep the cost of shipping as low as possible.
Risks and challenges
As an experienced product designer with knowledge of many manufacturing disciplines, including extensive 3D printing knowhow, you can be sure the overall project completion risk has been mitigated. Every possible step will be taken to ensure that all design requirements and deadlines are met, this is my top priority.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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