Depending on whom you ask, fidgeting is an unsightly habit or a necessity for free-form ideation. Fan of the latter hypothesis? Well, why aren’t you making yourself a fidget pyramid?
[lignum] sculpted his fidget toy out of a chunk of 2000 year old bog-oak using hand tools and a little precision help from a Kuka KR 150 industrial robot arm. A push button, a toggle switch, a ball-bearing, and a smooth side provide mindless distraction on this piece.
Two plates of 1.5mm aluminium — also cut using the robot arm — are used to attach the button and toggle to the tetrahedron, while the ball bearing is pushed onto a cylindrical protrusion left during the cutting process for the purpose. The build video makes it look easy.
Inspired? Here’s the thing, you could make your own fidget toy from any number of spare parts or gadgets you may have around the shop if aimlessly twirling wires isn’t cutting it anymore. If you stick with [lignum]’s design, it may help you code like an Egypian.
[Thanks for the tip, nbmoretto!]