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The Fusion Fidget Project

A special creation for #AOTA17 and the #OTCentennial

We knew the 100th anniversary of OT was going to be a big deal, and because 50% of Fusion Web Clinic customers are OTs, we wanted to do something cool to celebrate.  Rather than just buying a handout for the show, we wanted to do something really special.  

Our CEO happens to be really into 3D printing, so we commissioned him to 3D print fidget toys to hand out to everyone who visited our booth. 

We tested these fidgets in a therapy clinic, and found them to be very addicting. They are great for keeping your mind focused while documenting or sitting in an AOTA17 session.

While there have not been a lot of studies on fidgeting, you can find some books and articles that discuss the value.  We find it quite relaxing and think that you will to!

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How We Made The Fidgets

 

3D Printing

Watching a 3D printer meticulously craft a piece of plastic out of nothing is a pretty cool thing to watch!  This video gives you a quick glimpse of what it looks like (and sounds like) when one of our Fusion Fidgets is printing.  

What you see in the video is pretty neat, however, there is a bit of work that needs to be done before you hit print. Check out the content below to learn about what happens before you start printing.

 
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Designing a 3D Object

Before you can make something magically appear as a real-life piece of plastic, you need to make a digital version of it.  Our fidget starts with using 3D CAD software to design a three dimentional model.  If you know how to use CAD software, you can design almost anything you can think up, including this cool fidget!

You can also head to websites like www.thingiverse.com and download something from the thousands of designs others have created.

Once you have your part designed, there is one more important step before the printing starts...

Slicing the Object

3D printing works by laying down very small streams of plastic, layer by layer to create the final product.  In order to tell the printer what shape these streams need to be, you need to load your model into slicing software that will slice it into hundreds of very thin layers.

In this image, you can see all the lines on our fidget, those are the little streams of plastic that the printer will lay down.  In order for those steams of plastic to stick together, they need to be very hot. Typically the plastic will be 200+ degrees celsius when it comes out of the nozzle.

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About the Creator

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Derek Pedersen

The proud husband of an OT, a geek, and the founder and CEO of Fusion Web Clinic. When he is not 3D printing, you will most likely find him playing with his 3 kids, or hanging out with his wife.