Fidget spinners boomed in the current year 2017, but were actually born back in the 90’s. The toy phenom isn’t really a complex invention, and the simplicity of its mechanism makes mass production easy.
How Is The Fidget Spinner Made?
Manufacturers world over are reproducing and creating each their own uniquely designed product to sell. The multi-lobed flat structure is crafted from various materials such as aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, titanium, and plastic. A bearing is placed at the center, which is made from different materials same as a structural base, such as ceramic balls or steel or a hybrid. The hand spinner typically has two or more balancing weights built on the outside. There are three-pronged tri-hand spinners and multiple-pronged spinners with four or more parallel prongs.
Fidget spinners are designed to spin effortlessly along its axis while it’s held right at the central part where the bearing lies. Spin between your fingers, on a tabletop, and balance over a single finger! Having fun is one thing, and fidgeting away to reap the hand spinner’s health benefits is another. Whether you intend to explore all kinds of nifty tricks or you think a hand spinner may help you or your child, here are your options:
Plastic Fidget Spinner
The cheapest spinners in today’s market are fabricated from plastic or produced through 3D printing. Tooling and molds are utilized in a high-speed process that results to a relatively low unit cost. It’s the perfect type for those who want to get their hands on fidget spinning before investing on a more expensive, higher quality spinner.
Metal Fidget Spinner
Metals such as brass, titanium or stainless steel does not require any tooling or mold. When crafted one by one, unit cost can be higher, but quality becomes evident. The added weight and heft renders metal fidget spinners durable, and likewise provides a premium look and feel.
Wooden Fidget Spinner
Most mid-priced fidget spinners arrive in wood, which offers aesthetics defined by class and professional appearance. Wooden composition supports good spinning time and solid usability, being lighter than metal yet equally long-lasting.
How Much Does A Fidget Spinner Cost?
Fidget spinners are everywhere. You can find them at local stores like Walmart and 7-Eleven, with more available designs at specialty online stores. A quick search for “fidget spinner” or “hand spinner” at big e-commerce sites like eBay or Amazon yields tens of thousands of results, with prices ranging from a very affordable $2, going all the way up to a whopping $200, even more.
A basic hand spinner with a plastic frame in varying colors costs only $2.
A good tri-bar spinner with nice bearings and a 1-3 minute spin time falls under the $3-10 range.
Fast-spinning spinner toys with ceramic or copper bearings will cost around $6-8.
Add in LED lights, multi-color illumination, and glow-in-the-dark features, you can expect to get your spinner for $9-15.
The heavier, more durable metal fidget spinners cost higher at $20 and up.
Better quality and better looks come at a price. High-end hand spinners with awesome designs topped with amazing spin times would be anywhere from $30 to $100.
There are also multi-functional two-pronged, tri-hand spinners, and multiple pronged fidget spinners. These cost about $200 with state-of-the-art mechanisms that deliver a 4-6 minute spin time and elegant outer finishes that let you fidget in style.