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A pocket sized Fidget Spinner perfect for all ages. Reduce stress and enhance focus with a simple flick of the finger! Kid Approved!
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An impressive 7:30 minute spin from one of the smallest spinners on the market.
An impressive 7:30 minute spin from one of the smallest spinners on the market.

Origin Story

The United Mini Fidget Spinner was created to provide a proper fidgeting experience that all ages can use. Inspiration came from diversifying the growing Fidget Spinner market which we have been a part of since last year. Our first spinner can be viewed here: https://www.unitedmachiningllc.com/products/united-bow-tie-fidget-spinner?variant=22305296709

We set out to break away from the traditional design language that encompasses most popular spinners in the growing market. We wanted to develop a spinner that can be tossed in your pocket and you'd barely notice it's there. We wanted a spinner that's comfortable in any size hands. We wanted a spinner that spins with ease making for a well rounded fidgeting experience while also being able to spin for extended times of 4+ minutes. We achieved all of these with our United Mini Fidget Spinner.

Perfectly Balanced
Perfectly Balanced

 Construction

The United Mini Fidget Spinner is entirely machined in house on our Hanwha CNC Swiss Lathe. The buttons/ finger pads are machined from 6061 aluminum and the body is offered in three different options: 17-4 Stainless Steel, C145 Copper and 360 Brass.

We chose quality materials and are happy to possess the ability to effectively machine 17-4 stainless steel. A superior grade of stainless steel with fantastic corrosion and strength properties that lead it to being a very durable EDC(every day carry) spinner.

Copper and Brass are both soft metals subject to tarnishing over time. Both of these bodies will be subject to dents/ scratches fairly easily.

We chose to use a Hybrid Ceramic Bearing for the optimal balance between cost and spin times. Spin times of 4+ minutes are achievable.The bearing is completely de-greased and clean for maximum effectiveness.

Buttons Removed Showing Bearing Installation
Buttons Removed Showing Bearing Installation


Options

We set out to offer a variety of options and decided to offer Stainless Steel, Copper and Brass bodies with the choice of either black, red or blue buttons. There's something offered for everyone's individual taste!

Brass with Blue Buttons
Brass with Blue Buttons
Brass with Black Buttons
Brass with Black Buttons
Brass with Red Buttons
Brass with Red Buttons
Stainless Steel with Red Buttons
Stainless Steel with Red Buttons
Stainless Steel with Black Buttons
Stainless Steel with Black Buttons
Stainless Steel with Blue Buttons
Stainless Steel with Blue Buttons
Copper with Blue Buttons
Copper with Blue Buttons
Copper with Red Buttons
Copper with Red Buttons
Copper with Black Buttons
Copper with Black Buttons

 Quick Stats

  • De-greased Hybrid Ceramic Bearing (.125 x .3125 x .1406 Inches)
  • 1" in Diameter x .600" Wide
  • .750" Diameter Buttons/ Finger Pads
  • Weight of Stainless Steel Body: 33.8 Grams
  • Weight of Brass Body: 33.8 Grams
  • Weight of Copper Body: 35.4 Grams
  • Spin Time: 1-4+ Minutes (after break in)
Easily Flickable, Highly Fidgetable
Easily Flickable, Highly Fidgetable

Stretch Goal

If we receive $20k+ in funding we will do a run of Copper Tungsten bodied spinners. Due to the associated costs and inability to back multiple rewards it will not be a reward option for this campaign. It will move over to our website in which those that pledged to this campaign will get the option to purchase first. Tentative pricing is $90 which includes shipping within the U.S. See our Update on this matter for more details.

Reviews:

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Risks and challenges

We are happy to report there are few challenges on this project. A couple of months ago we did a limited run of 15 United Mini Fidget Spinners of a slightly different design and have received nothing but great feedback. The spinner is fully proven out and ready to hit the market.
If we encounter a large amount of support we may hit production delays. It's nothing we cannot handle, in fact our machine is made for lights out production but delays would be felt in the assembly/ shipping area which could push delivery from April to May.

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