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Sphidget combines several materials and manufacturing methods into a unique spinner toy that blends the line between form and function
Sphidget combines several materials and manufacturing methods into a unique spinner toy that blends the line between form and function
373 backers pledged $29,228 to help bring this project to life.

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Sphidget - A Unique Fidget Spinner Toy

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What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Late stage prototype
Late stage prototype

Sphidget = Spheres + fidget

The purpose of Sphidget is to give the user something to occupy the wandering part of their mind. Its been proven that diverting the "fidgety" part of your mind into an easy task such as doodling or spinning a Sphidget can increase overall concentration...its also really fun.

Just like its name, Sphidget combines differing materials into a unique functional package. When I set out to design a fidget spin toy, I wanted it to be different from the others available on the market today. Most fidget spin toys are constructed from a single mass material with a bearing in the center. Sphidget is constructed by clamping a bearing and rotating mass spheres between two clamping plates. This method of construction opens up the possibility of several assembly combinations. The design will allow easy swapping of spheres so that you can choose from a variety of different materials such as Brass, Delrin, Acrylic, Steel, or any 3/4" sphere material. This allows for fine tuning the weight and aesthetics of the Sphidget. 

Components
Components
Dimensions
Dimensions

Each kit comes standard with 440C Ultra hard Stainless Steel spheres. These are very scratch and dent resistant and also will not rust or discolor as you handle the Sphidget. The Sphidget can be adjusted to allow the spheres to free roll in their holders or adjusted so the spheres are held tight. You can make this adjustment easily with the included tool.   

3D printed Black
3D printed Black
Shown on desk stand
Shown on desk stand

 A desk stand is available at some backer levels. The Sphidget is easy to insert and remove from the stand and will also free spin on the stand adding to the functionality of the package.  

Part of the fun of the Sphidget is assembling it. Each Sphidget is shipped in kit form and comes with an assembly guide and tools for complete assembly / disassembly. Assembly time is about 15 minutes.

Add on menu:

Add $15 for 1 ceramic hybrid bearing
Add $50 for 1 brass or black anodized aluminum button set
Add $30 for 1 sphere assortment. 5 brass, 5 delrin, 5 wood, 5 acrylic
Add $30 for 1 Sphere Tower with Anodized black plates

All add on's are shipped with your Sphidget at no additional shipping charges. 

Add on instructions:

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.  
2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you first pledged at. 
4. Send a message to me with your add on choices or questions.
5. At the end of the campaign, you will receive a survey that will ask you questions about how you want your additional pledge to count towards add on's.

 Improved design

Spacer and axle nut improvments
Spacer and axle nut improvments

Every Sphidget now comes with 5 silver spacers and 5 black anodized spacers. This allows the user to customize the appearance of their Sphidget by assembling it with either the silver or black spacers on the outside. The axle has been improved and now each Sphidget kit will include a set of black anodized nuts as well as a set of silver anodized nuts.  See the below pictures for examples.

 Sphidget configurations

Basic Sphidget and desk stand
Basic Sphidget and desk stand
Axle nuts Black or Silver?
Axle nuts Black or Silver?
Basic Sphidget with Black axle nut assembled
Basic Sphidget with Black axle nut assembled
Basic Sphidget assembled with black spacers
Basic Sphidget assembled with black spacers
Basic Sphidget with one clamp plate removed
Basic Sphidget with one clamp plate removed
Premium Sphidget and desk stand
Premium Sphidget and desk stand
Premium Sphidget and desk stand
Premium Sphidget and desk stand
Basic Sphidget with add on brass buttons
Basic Sphidget with add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget with add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget with add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget showing add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget showing add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget showing add on brass buttons
Premium Sphidget showing add on brass buttons
Expanded buttons kit
Expanded buttons kit
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Sphere Tower - No Spheres loaded
Sphere Tower - No Spheres loaded
Sphere Tower - Spheres loaded
Sphere Tower - Spheres loaded
Sphere Tower - next to Sphidget
Sphere Tower - next to Sphidget
"Intersecting circles of light"
"Intersecting circles of light"
Sample of spheres included in the PKG2 reward levels
Sample of spheres included in the PKG2 reward levels
Brass Spheres
Brass Spheres
Delrin Spheres
Delrin Spheres
Acrylic Spheres
Acrylic Spheres
Birch Spheres
Birch Spheres
All in one
All in one
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Speed and perfect balance, sure but what about something else?

You can set up your Sphidget to have an intended imbalance. Why? By adding an imbalance, the Sphidget can be spun one handed indefinitely requiring only small hand movement inputs. Watch the video below to see imbalance in action.

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Quick rough video of the difference between a steel bearing on the left and a ceramic hybrid bearing on the right.

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Risks and challenges

Many of Sphidget's components are "off the shelf". I have selected and tested these components from vendors who are reliable. The custom components of Sphidget are made at a US machine shop with whom I have personally done business for several years. I feel confident that once funded, Sphidgets will be fulfilled without issue. I have analyzed Sphidget's construction for common issues such as tolerance stack up, material deformation, etc. I have taken steps to minimize any manufacturing defects that may arise.

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    Super Early Bird Sphidget - PKG1

    1 3D Printed Sphidget kit.
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -3D printed clamp plates - Available colors:
    Black, Red, Green, Orange
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Tools and instructions
    -3D printed desk stand kit (same color as clamp plates)
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    Early Bird - 1 Sphidget Basic

    1 Basic Sphidget kit.
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Raw aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Basic

    1 Basic Sphidget kit.
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Raw aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Basic PKG1

    1 Sphidget Basic Package 1
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Raw aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Desk Stand Kit - raw aluminum
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Premium

    1 Sphidget Premium
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Black anodized aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Premium PKG1

    1 Sphidget Premium PKG1
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Black anodized aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Desk stand kit - Black anodized
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Basic PKG2

    1 Sphidget Basic PKG2
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Five Brass spheres
    -Five Delrin (white) spheres
    -Five Acrylic (clear) spheres
    -Five Wood (uncoated birch)
    -Raw aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Desk stand kit - Raw aluminum
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    1 Sphidget Premium PKG2

    1 Sphidget Premium PKG2
    Includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Five Brass spheres
    -Five Delrin (white) spheres
    -Five Acrylic (clear) spheres
    -Five Wood (uncoated birch)
    -Black anodized aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Desk stand kit - Black anodized
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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    2 Sphidget Premium PKG2's

    2 Sphidget Premium PKG2's
    Each includes:
    -Five Stainless steel ultra hard 440C spheres
    -Five Brass spheres
    -Five Delrin (white) spheres
    -Five Acrylic (clear) spheres
    -Five Wood (uncoated birch)
    -Black anodized aluminum clamp plates
    -Stainless steel hardware
    -ABCE-3 precision ball bearing
    -Desk stand kit - Black anodized
    -Tools and instructions
    -Comes in kit form.
    -Can be assembled in about 15 mins

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Funding period

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