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About this project

Origins:

The Trine was designed because I wanted a high end and elegant, metal alternative to the spinners and fidget toys currently available. The Trine looks great in your hand and sitting on a desk.

The Pitch:

You know you can't keep still. As a kid you were called shaky, twitchy and itchy. You tapped your pen on your desk and your feet would bounce around under your desk so much your teacher thought you were about to pee yourself. You, my friend, are a fidgeter. Now you're in college, if there's paper in front of you, you're drawing lines, circles, how many times are you going to outline that same word?!?!? So what can you do?

The Trine redirects your fidgeting tendancies. You'll find yourself drawn to picking it up and spinning it. It's a trendy solution to bad fidgeting habits.

Construction:

Because the intent of the Trine is quality above all else, every Trine comes with full ceramic bearings. Being produced in a precision manufacturing facility, the spinner body and bearing are press fit together. The buttons are slip fit and held in by each other using Neodymium Magnets. 

Buttons

  • The standard buttons are CNC turned 360 Brass and mill engraved with the Trine logo. They are drilled to accommodate an embedded Neodymium Magnet with 1.7 lbs of approximate pull force.
  • The personalized buttons are laser engraved with your personalized message. (No character limit, more characters = smaller characters)
Personalized Trine Button
Personalized Trine Button

 

Trine Button - Revision 3
Trine Button - Revision 3

Bearings

  • The only bearing we will use is a full ceramic 608 bearing. Made from ZrO2 Ceramic.

Spinner Body

  • The Trine A spinner body is 4 inches in diameter and CNC machined from billet 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • The Trine B spinner body is 4 inches in diameter and CNC machined from billet 360 Brass
Trine A Prototype - Glass Bead Blast Finish
Trine A Prototype - Glass Bead Blast Finish

Revisions:  

Revision 0: Every piece was press fit together. Worked great until we needed to disassemble for cleaning out the bearing.

Revision 1 & 2: Slip fit the buttons to make them removable and added a magnet to hold them together. The issue here is that since they are slip fit into the bearing, they now also spin independently from the bearing, each other, and the body.

Revision 3: Our current revision uses a slip fit diameter, the magnet, and a jaw in-shear coupling design. It corrects the flaw found in Revision 2 and returns the press fit feel, while still allowing easy extraction of the buttons.

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Feedback:

From the prototypes being passed around the neighborhood, we have received a lot of positive feedback. 

With those who didn't know what a spinner was, the response was roughly the same thing, "Why would someone buy that?" But every time, absolutely every time, once they had it in their hand and spun it for the first time...it clicked. Once you test drive one of these things it's difficult to leave the lot without owning one. Each person had a preference after trying both the Trine A and Trine B.

The Trine A is easier to handle being lighter and spinning for around a minute, encouraging more manipulation with a shorter spin time. The Trine B has the benefit of extra weight, adding to the gyroscopic effect, feel of value, and extending the spin time by 4 times that of Trine A. The preference seems to be ultimately decided by the users desired frequency of spinning the Trine vs the users wish to watch and play with it once it is spinning.

Maintainance:

The spin time for the Trine with clean bearings is significantly longer than when they have dust and pocket lint in them. After about a week of play and constant pocket storage the Trine B went from 4 minute spins to 1 minute spins. To clean the bearing the best thing to do is soak the bearing in warm soapy water for 10 minutes and rinse, then dry with compressed air pointed at the bearing with the Trine spinning. By pushing on two opposite sides of a button with even pressure, you can remove the button to gain access to the bearing.

On the Horizon:

I am working on the following additional designs for future projects:

  • The first is the MegaTrine - An 8" version of the Trine that I may have a prototype for in the near future. I'm looking to make the MegaTrine in both aluminum and brass as well. It will come standard with a base that holds it at a fixed angle.
  • The second is the MagneTrine - With much more product development in the works, I'll leave you with just the name for now.

Timeline:

  • March - Funding & Materials Order
  • April - First Units Manufactured and Shipped
  • May & June - Finish shipping Kickstarter orders as scheduled on rewards.

Demographic: My 3 year old and 2 year old have played with the prototypes and love them, although they are much too big for their hands. The target user for the Trine is human, age 14+.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damage to property or person while using any of the Trine products.

Video Song Credit: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky

Win a Trine A - Instagram Contest: www.instagram.com/p/BRlsYbLFon1/

 

Risks and challenges

Having worked in the manufacturing industry on numerous projects for others in the past, I have an understanding of the issues that can arise during product development. All of the rewards currently listed are ready to go into production immediately and will ship on time. I've added two tiers for delivery, and will add more if necessary, to ensure I can meet delivery dates. If there is a complication I will quickly communicate any delay.

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    Trine Button Magnet

    Taking the button from the Trine, we create a clean decorative magnet. Compatible with other spinners that use a 608 bearing.

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    Personalized Trine Button Magnet

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    Trine A - Early Bird

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