Beat the crowds clamoring for the Fidget Cube on Kickstarter. Here are 22 great DIY fidget toys and Fidget Cube alternatives to 3D print.
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The Fidget Cube is the latest and greatest crowdfunding sensation on Kickstarter. The cute plastic block is adorned with buttons, switches, and wheels; perfectly designed for hyperactive types with an excess of energy.
Since launch, the fidget toy has raised a staggering $6,252,286 (and counting). The makers have totally obliterated their original target of $15,000 by 41682%!
A-ha, but for folks with a little technological savvy, you don’t have to wait until it’s shipped in December 2016. With a desktop 3D printer, there are many excellent Fidget Cube alternatives you can make now, today, and fidget away until your fingers are numb.
Here’s a selection of great DIY fidget toys and Fidget Cube alternatives to 3D print. The majority of these models are completely free and licensed under Creative Commons, but if you like the work of the designers then you’re encouraged to show your gratitude by hitting the “tip designer” button in the sidebar.
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Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #1: Fidget Widget
The Fidget Widget is a rather ingenious fidget toy, made up of six interlinking parts. It looks rather unassuming, but don’t be fooled. Once you’ve printed and started fiddling with this little number, you will be completely hypnotized by a swirling vortex of plastic. Don’t believe us? Check out this GIF of the Fidget Widget in action. We told you so! Print it in two different colors for maximum impact.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #2: Customizable Fidget Spinner Ring
If you want to keep your twitching and twiddling more discreet, this customizable fidget spinner ring is ideal. It sits unobtrusively on your finger, and when the urge strikes you use your other hand to rotate the knurled spinner. The beauty of this design is that it’s totally customizable, from ring sizes, to surface patterns, and the option to add a secret message on the inside.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #3: Fidget Star
It’s a box! No, it’s a star! No wait, it’s a box again! The Fidget Star is a wonderful design that will have you twitching through a constant cycle of open, close and repeat. Even cooler, it’s a single, print-in-place model. That means the hinges of the moving parts are printed together with everything else; no assembly required.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #4: Elliptical Gear
This is an elliptical gear with no central pivot. That means the motion of cranks on each cog will always appear off-center — and yet move simultaneously — as you turn the gear. A fiendishly clever little fidget toy, and very easy to assemble with only four separate parts.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #5: Toy Chain
This would make a great project to use up all those little bits of filament you have lying around the workspace. This is a toy chain made up of individual, interlinking pieces that can be rotated and manipulated to form shapes. Print off as many as you like, and make that chain as long as your hyperactive little heart desires.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #6: Trick Bolt Fidget
Designed by the same chap who made the customizable fidget spinner ring up above (his handle is “AmazingSpanoMan” and he’s the patron saint of fidgeters), this is a chunky doubled ended bolt with a nut sitting on the thread. The nut isn’t going anywhere, it’s simply inviting you to turn it over and over again. It also has a ring for a keychain; don’t leave home without it!
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #7: Gear Bearing
This model is a special favorite at the ALL3DP offices. It’s a single print-in-place Gear Bearing, which smoothly rotates when you twist the middle. Some folks like to accessorize with a hex key or — for maximum overkill – a power drill to really get those gears spinning. You can also modify the design to remove some of the gears; it should still rotate perfectly.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #8: Three Heart Gears
From the same designer as the Gear Bearings above (his handle is emmett and he’s prolific), we have the Three Heart Gear. This model requires some assembly, but the final result is rather romantic; a series of functional interlocking gears in the shape of a heart. The perfect gift for that fidgeter you dearly love (despite the incessant toe-tapping).
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #9: Gyroscopic Relaxing Keyring
Gyroscopes are pretty popular items to 3D print, with some excellent designs to challenge your fabrication skills. But this six ring model is pretty straightforward to make. It’ll fit on your keyring, and has been refined and improved over several iterations. However, discreet fidgeting is not possible if attached to your keys; jangling metal will quickly give the game away…
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #10: Nautilus Gears
This model is totally irresistible to anyone suffering from attention deficit disorder. The design of the Nautilus Gears are based on logarithmic sprials, and the point where the cog teeth meet “drifts” from left to right (or right to left, depending on which way they’re turned). Print a bunch in different colors and hand them out; your friends and family will be amazed.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #11: Truchet Tiles
These Truchet Tiles are a desktop puzzle game; the challenge is to sort them into their correct placement to form a neat pattern. A neat feature of this fidget widget is that it’s a great project for dual extrusion 3D printers. You can make the tiles in dual tones, though a single color material works just as well.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #12: Coffin’s Half Hour Cube
If you don’t mind carrying a handful of separate pieces, the Coffin’s Half Hour Cube is a guaranteed fidgeter’s delight. The goal is to assemble the six interlocking parts into a cube. Maybe we’re a little stupid, however, but it took us longer than 30 minutes to solve…
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #13: Ozo 1x2x3 Puzzle Bear
The Ozo is perhaps the cutest and most tactile model on this list, a toy bear that doubles as simple puzzle in the style of Rubik’s Cube. It takes some assembly, but makes a great fidget toy for all ages; adults will want to have a go after the kids have gone to bed.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #14: Fully Assembled Ball Bearing
This functional ball bearing is great for playing with. It’s available in two sizes, and the large version is especially useful for two-handed fidgeting (if that’s your buzz). The ball bearings are print-in-place, so no assembly is required, though you may have to remove some support material.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #15: Snakez
This model is a super-bendy slithering snake, with a print-in-place design. They wriggle, they writhe, and they even feature a little snakey forked tongue. The designer has provided four different lengths of Snakez, so you can go big or go small. And like the Truchet Tiles above, this design also lends itself well to dual extrusion.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #16: Cog Tri Spinner
The Cog Tri Spinner uses skateboard bearings to create a spinning fidget toy that rotates smoothly and — perhaps most importantly — silently. There are several designs to choose from, with some tactile notches and grips to enhance the feel. The model is free to download, but for those without access to a 3D printer the designer is also selling them on Shapeways.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #17: Magnetic Bisymmetric Hendecahedrons
A bisymmetric hendecahedrons is an 11 sided space filling polygon. These versions are magnetic, printed with space inside for 3mm ball magnets. According to the designer, the magnets are pressed into each hole and need to be able to rotate freely for the parts to stick together. This fidget toy requires a little bit of extra effort in its construction, but the final result is worth it.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #18: Twisting Links Fidget Spikes
Inspired by the popular “Tangle” fidgets, the Twisting Links Fidget series is designed with the same range of movement as the Tangle but with fewer links and the pieces don’t come apart. This version is covered in spikes, giving it a great tactile sensation with endless movement, and is available to buy in a variety of colors
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #19: The Swirl
Another fidget spinner based around skateboard bearings. This design is a little more compact, and comes with an optional cap to plug up the holes in the middle of the bearing. It’s only available to buy from Shapeways, but it is available in a variety of colors and finishes.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #20: Spiro Begleri Beads
This is a super-advanced fidget toy, described by its designer as nunchucks for your fingers. Available to buy only from Shapeways, the Spiro Begleri Beads are 3D printed in metal and attached to a paracord, whereupon you flip them around your digits in a stunning display of dexterity. Available in stainless steel, matte gold steel, matte bronze steel or matte black steel.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #21: Fully 3D Printed Fidget Cube
This fidget cube can be 3D printed in roughly 9 hours. It comes with a joystick, a spinning disc, five fidget wheels and a set of nine buttons to press in any random order. Is the fidgeting satisfaction after assembling this cube going to be worth the time you spend on it? Mmmmmaybe!
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Cube Alternatives #22: Money Spinner
Fidgeting meets loose coins; 3D print these spinners and fill them with your change. There are versions available for Australian, US, European, Canadian and other currency. Also, you can choose between two and seven spokes for your rotational requirements.
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