What’s the hot new trend that nearly every young person wants? A fidget spinner! This trend is making young people go crazy for. Despite it being invented in the early 90s to help people with anxiety, autism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), two decades later it is spinning out of control. Now it doesn’t matter if you have a disorder or not, most people are buying it to either be trendy or to use as a stress reliever. Whatever the case is, it’s a must-have. For those of you who don’t know what a fidget spinner is, it’s a small toy that can fit in the palm of your hand. Holding it at the center of the propeller with your thumb and index finger, you flick it with your ring finger to make it spin.
Fascinated by the fidget spinner himself, Mark Fuller, an aerospace engineer from Savannah Georgia, was hooked after watching a YouTube video about it back in September 2016. It peaked his curiosity to learn how to make one, so “I went online looking for a good 3D model to download and print,” Fuller said. The thing that he was looking for was a “simple tri weight-bearing design, small form factor for kids’ hands, rounded edges, large finger pads, ultra-durable design, and an easy print for all 3D printer models,” Fuller explained.
“After an hour of searching, I could not find one that I liked, so I decided to create my own.”
Designing and figuring out the right dimensions, Fuller ended up printing 12 of them all of which he had given to his family and friends. He posted the design online and before you know it, “I started receiving messages in January 2017, requesting to buy my spinners. By the end of February, I had opened an Etsy store. Ever since then, I have sold over 700 spinners,” Fuller said.
Never in his life did he think that this toy would take off so fast. “It is so amazing how such a simple model has sparked so much interest. There are already over 250,000 downloads and counting,” Fuller expressed.
Even though Fuller’s Tri Fidget spinner is popular, he has over 300 models online all of which are special to him. “Inspiration comes from everywhere, be it from work, TV, driving, or a day dream. When I let my mind wander, I come up with some very unique and elegant designs,” Fuller said. A British science fiction writer, Sir Arthur Charles Clarke once said, “New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!” No matter how outrages an idea may be, it’s always worth thinking about the possibilities. You never know if your simple idea can become trendy one day. Make your own fidget spinner today! Check out Mark Fuller’s page here. Find him on YouTube.
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