Seems like people have been printing yoyos a bit more lately with people staying inside due to Covid and such. Andre reached out to help revive an old project I had - and I thought this was a great opportunity to get this spacer kit available at YoyoExpert. Half of them already sold so i sent Andre a new batch.
This kit I developed essentially eliminates all the difficulties and frustrations of 3d printing a yoyo, and lets the user focus on the fun - designing and printing their own yoyo, not fiddling around with getting a bearing seat to work. Plus side is you only need to buy one kit and you can swap them with as many yoyos as you want.
I released these designs free to use, you can use the above measurements to build your own hub and make your own design. Even sell the yoyos you print, I don’t care hah. This is also a good tool to help prototype yoyos you might plan to have machined for your own company, especially to see if the profile feels ok in-hand before sending it off for prototyping - kind of a very cheap pre-proto stage.
Another funny thing is that 5 years back when I was printing a lot, the cheapest printers were around 700$. Now i am seeing some for under 200$ - you could buy a few spacer kits AND a 3d printer, for the price of a modern Bi-metal or Titanium. That I find really exciting and helps more people get into it.
New Design for 2021
I worked on this on and off last few months between Luftverk stuff, here is a new design that I finally got done. Its pretty hard to print but if you have your machine dialed it should do it no problem, with no support. Its cool to hear the wind it creates with all the little pockets. Its in the download link so take a crack at printing it!
Download link: Dropbox Download
Spacer Kit: Fluid 3D Printing Spacer Kit – YoYoExpert
Feel free to post some of your own that you printed below : )