The Inventables community is part of this movement. We all got into this because it’s fun. I’d like to start with a community challenge to make a toy. By each of us contributing one, together we’ll create a kind of toy store. Think of it as a virtual toy store. We’ll start with a single toy...the Fidget Spinner. Amazon has about 2,000 fidget spinners for sale and Etsy has about 3,000. We want all the spinners to be unique and interesting. That gives us the opportunity to exercise our creative and technical muscles. If you submit a unique fidget spinner design there are four levels of rewards you can earn.
How to submit an entry
Go to the challenge page and add your remake. If you are doing Level 1 you must take a screenshot of your design in Easel and use that as the image. For Level 2 you must use the carved out image. For Level 3, in addition to an image of the carved version you need to add an image of it spinning and an animated gif or video in the body. At Level 4, you must use the image of it carved.
@jdm will review all the remakes on the challenge page to determine the rewards. The first round of rewards was sent right after March 31st. We extended the deadline to April 30th because this was so popular! The second round will be sent right after April 30th.
They’re stackable, so the maximum you can get is $115 gift card. Each person can only achieve each level once. This is the honor system-- we don’t want people posting 100 Level 1 entries and expect to earn 100 $5 gift cards. Please be respectful and be a good actor so we can continue to do these challenges. You can carve the spinners at lots of libraries like Chicago Public and San Diego Public. You can choose to donate your gift cards to the library so they can order more materials for the maker space at the library.
Designs depicting copyrighted material are allowed under Fair Use law, (e.g. a Settlers of Katan themed spinner). Inventables will not promote, advertise or link to the sale or distribution of any designs that contain copyrighted material.
Level 1: Design a unique spinner and post the Easel file as a remake. Use a screenshot of the easel file as the image for your design. You must have the Easel file linked using the “open in Easel” button. The design must be a an original creation that could be made and used. It also must be unique from the other ones on the site. Spinners made only using the Fidget Spinner App do not qualify. If you use the app and make a modification it will qualify. You don’t need to carve it. Level 1 reward= $5 Inventables Gift Card
Level 2: Carve your Level 1 design and place the photo of the finished product with bearings installed as the main photo on the project page slideshow. Level 2 reward= $10 Inventables Gift Card
Level 3: Implement an LED into the spinner so when it spins the circuit is completed by spinning it. At rest the spinner LED is off. When you spin it then it turns on. (Any interesting electronics implementation will be accepted. Interesting is judged by @jdm) Level 3 reward= $50 Inventables gift cardLevel 4:
Full 3D carving not just 2.5D. Bonus points for flip milling where both sides are full 3D. Level 4 reward= $50 Inventables Gift Card
Past Inventables challenges have garnered a lot of attention and really energized our community. So for 2017, we plan to up our game a little bit. Or rather, a lot.
This is the first in a series of 2017 challenges, of which there will be two different types: participation challenges and speciality challenges. In a participation challenge, you receive a reward for reaching a certain level of participation. Specialty challenges will be more difficult. In these specialty challenges there will be winners and losers. We believe the combination of these two types of challenges will help us create a community of encouragement. We believe the participation challenges will help get new folks carving and specialty challenges will help inspire and stretch our skills.
The iconic toy store FAO Schwarz closed its flagship Manhattan store on July 15, 2015. The company was started by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz and the flagship store was 153 years old.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Big you remember this store from the scene below.
The last century was all about the big box store and the large manufacturer. This next century is all about the indie manufacturer and digital designs. That’s where this challenge comes in. The toy business is in a state of transition. FAO Schwarz closed, Hasbro is partnering with Indiegogo, and the wildly popular card game Cards Against Humanity was made by these bored high school friends, not by Fisher-Price, Mattel, or Parker Brothers.
- The contest is limited to fidget spinners made on X-Carve or Carvey with Easel. (Can be designed in Easel or imported into Easel)
- The project page must list the bill of materials
- The “open in Easel” button to open your file
- You must have an image on your profile picture
- Finally your social responsibility is to publish at least one tweet, post on Facebook, or Instagram with a link to this forum thread that uses the hash tag #inventableschallenge
Judging Gift card redemption process
@jdm is serving as the project manager and judge for this challenge. He will evaluate the submissions and determine what level you are at and email you the gift code on or after April 30.
Go the the Fidget Spinner Challenge Page and post a remake.
- Is there a limit on how many rewards you can get? If I submit 10 fidget spinners do I get ten $10 gift cards?
Each contestant can earn each level one time and earn no more than $115 in gift cards.
- Are people buying these Easel designs once they are made?
At this time the spinners will be available for people to remake for free. Think of it more like an open source library of different designs.
- Why aren’t we requiring people to carve them?
We are trying to make this as accessible as possible. We don’t want owning or even having access to one of our machines to be a requirement for participation. There are lots of people that are interested and have access to Easel but don’t have a machine. Also there are now lots of public places you can go to carve like schools, libraries, and makerspaces.
- Where can we see the other submissions or the rest of the collection?
They are posted as remakes on the challenge page for the project.