With so many fidget spinners already on sale, deciding which one is right for you isn’t necessarily easy. Should you make a long-term investment with a more expensive product or opt for one of the cheaper 3D-printed spinners? It’s the latter that we are going to concentrate on in this article. While they’re perhaps decent to have as your first fidget toy, there are a few words of warning that must be mentioned when it comes to these plastic spinners.
The appeal of 3D-printed finger spinners is that they are very cheap compared to metal spinners like the Torqbar, despite doing exactly the same thing. Therefore, you may ask, why bother buying a more expensive one? Because, right now, 3D-printed spinners simply aren’t up to scratch, tending to be more faulty and less durable than their counterparts.
Nowhere is this showcased more starkly than with the spinning quality of the spinners. When you get a new spinner, it’s going to operate exactly as it should – whatever the type – but the test of a good spinner is whether or not it’s susceptible to getting dirty, which damages performance. While metal spinners aren’t immune to problems, they don’t get anywhere near as gritty – nor do they do so as quickly – as 3D-printed spinners.
Moreover, the bearings in fidget spinners have a tendency to be looser, which prevents the spinner from spinning properly. A lack of balance knocks spin-time down considerably, while the absence of a steady build stops the toy spinning with any level of consistency. In comparison to metal spinners, spin time generally is nowhere near as impressive.
While it is possible to clean a fidget spinner, with 3D-printed spinners you’re going to be left doing it so often that it becomes a chore, sucking all of the enjoyment out of playing with the spinner. In the end, it’ll just end up on the shelf accumulating even more dust.
If you’re looking for a quiet fidget spinner then 3D-printed spinners aren’t going to be for you either. They are naturally a bit louder than metal and wooden spinners, but that noise is exaggerated further when they get dirty which, as we have already concluded, is inevitable.
There are a couple of positives to 3D-printed spinners, one being that they come in lots of different designs and do tend to be more aesthetically appealing than some of the others. The cheap price tag also makes it easier to build up a collection. But neither of these is worth the sacrifice in quality that comes with it.
Ultimately, if your 3D-printed spinner fails you, then the fact that it was cheaper in the first place becomes irrelevant, since you no longer have one at all and are going to need to open your wallet again to get another. You’d be better off making a bigger initial spend on a fidget spinner that will work out to be more cost-effective in the months and years ahead.