Fidget. Filabot. Filament.
Fidget spinners. What are they? Where did they come from? We don’t know and we’re not sure. What we are sure of is that fidget spinners are made of plastic and here at Filabot we recycle plastic.
Fidget spinners are marketed as stress relievers and as an antidote for students who lack focus because of ADHD and other associated attentive disorders. And while they might be fun for some, teachers are finding that they’re more distracting than anything else.
While there is evidence that students with ADHD benefit from gross motor movement, engaging in some sort of motor activity with their limbs to focus, there are no known studies that point to the benefits of fidget spinners.
There have been “success” stories, students who’ve used 3D printing to grow a “spinner empire” in their high school. But like all fads, from Moon Shoes to Ring Pops (we’re 90s kids), the fidget spinner fad will *hopefully* come to an end soon.
And when it does, remove the metal ball bearings and other non-plastic pieces, and extrude the spinners into filament using our Filabot EX2 Extruder.
Stop the memes, stop the spinning, make something!
We at Deakin University, Australia went a stage further and we recycled plastics and reprinted it into a fully assembled 3D printed, modified recycle logo, fidget Spiner, plastic bearings an all!! Unfortunately this kid from the 80’s may keep the movement going a little longer….. ;-)