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Roly Poly Fidget Toy

by LoboCNC Oct 2, 2017
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this is great how did you come up with the idea

The thing description has a link to WildRoseBuilds Rolling Ellipses, which inspired this version.

Is it possible to put text on this

I don't see why not.

is it hard to print this? kinda looks like it would be

Not really too hard with the break-away base.

Can you upload a convex-hull version with no base? Thanks!

Sure, when I get a chance. Also note that the base parts aren't actually connected to the body, so you should be able to use your slicer or something like Meshmixer to delete the base.

Oh good point, I'll do that now and post it as a remix, feel free to add it to the original files and I'll delete the remix.

My cat loves it especially on our uneven floor. :)

different printers, different settings.

The weird thing is I printed a couple of your iris boxes with zero problems, Did not even need to do anything to the 'door's, most people seem to have to poke them with a knife.
But the base on this is just solid, no sign of a gap between the support and the fidget thing.

A small 2 layer brim and I reckon I could print this fairly easily.

The base for this thing has a much smaller gap than the iris box because it actually has to lightly touch the sides to provide enough support to keep it from wobbling. There will be no visible gap, but if you cut the base away with some diagonal cutters, it should peel off pretty easily. That said, I really should really make the base a little less aggressive.

if you just stick an unbased file up, I'd still like to have a go. My delta excels in tall thin prints :-) The makerbot clones - not so much.

I've just added versions without the base. Let me know how it works for you.

cheers - I will have a go later :-)

any chance of one without the supports, the whole thing just prints as one piece.
I reckon I could print this with just a small brim.

I've tried printing this with just a small brim, but it is pretty unreliable. With just the brim holding the tip of the base, it is very flexible so that even the drag of the filament against the top surface causes the thing to move around, creating blobs, and then things go from bad to worse.

Is this better or worse than the Rolling Ellipses?

Rolling Ellipses fidget desk toy

They are pretty similar. And quick to print. Try both and see what you think.

The hull one is kinda fun and clever, and those supports are so satisfying to remove!

Definitely not recommended to try this in a filament that is prone to curling up at sharp corners… I'll try it again in good old PLA.

I printed your quarter fidget, it works great! Another great design here! Nice job, as always.

Thanks! Glad you like it. How did the break-away supports work for you?