Fidget Spinner Michael Facciolo

Problem Statement

Autism is a complicated condition. Some people with autism have great difficulty with relaxation. Our design team wants to design a device for Robert Eckert, a 25 year old man with severe autism. His mental condition makes it impossible for him to sit calmly. This issue occurs at any point of the day, because his mental disabilities are always present. This can be while he watches television or rides in a car. If the problem is solved, he should have something to draw his attention, and in turn allow him to self-soothe some of his hyperactive tendencies.


Using to research and brainstorm Spinner ideas

Closer look at Coggle research

Information about Fidget Spinners
Information about autism
Benefits of Fidgeting

Headlines for fidget toys

Recently Fidget Spinners have been growing traction in the media and here are what some reputable newspapers have to say

New York Times
Psychology Today


Rough Sketch Ideas
Detailed Sketch of Spinner
Orthographic Onshape drawing of the Spinner design


Onshape 3-D Drawing Model of the personal spinner

test Results of group spinner

Tier 1

  1. Tier 1 Results: 35.92
  2. Tier 1 Results: 42.76
  3. Tier 1 Results: 48.66

Tier 2

  1. Tier 2 Results: 1:01:99
  2. Tier 2 Results: 1:01:78
  3. Tier 2 Results: 1:07:94

Tier 3

  1. Tier 3 Results: 1:06:63
  2. Tier 3 Results: 1:07:54
  3. Tier 3 Results: 1:03:10


Based on multiple time trials and testing of two group spinners, we can conclude that yes there is a relationship between weight and time. If the spinner has no weight it will not spin for very long. If it is too heavy it will not spin for too longer either. It's about the distribution of the weight.

I believe that there is a correlation between the number of spokes and time because based on the amount of spokes you have, can change how much weight you have and weight is proven to have an affect on spin time.

Yes, there is a correlation between the height of the trial and the time. We've found that there is a longer spin time at the highest height of the trial and the time gets shorter every level you bring it down.


I feel that the most important steps of the Engineering Design Cycle were research, analyze and test. These 3 steps give you knowledge about your problem, helps find a solution, and after checks to see if your creation was a successful and if not how to make it successful.

I believe that none of the steps are considered “less important” because they all add important aspects to the Engineering Design Cycle.

The problem we rean into during this process would be the design step. As a group we designed a fidget device that when filled with the weights, nickels, were very heavy. The fidget device was too heavy for an effective spinner. As a group we changed the design of the spinner and will re-print and put less nickels in our device to see if we solved our problem.

Our goal was to make a fidget spinning device that would help children with autism and other disabilities that cause them to fidget frequently. We wanted to help these children that fidget by providing them with an effective spinning device that is very addictive and fun to play with. We first came to research what fidget spinners are made for and we found that it can be used for many reasons. It can be used for children with ADHD, autism, and also just people that like to fidget. Then we came to design and build the device by 3rd printer. After we built the device we tested the spin time on a makeshift spinner test machine and we came to the conclusion that our spinner was too heavy. We then re designed our spinner and made it lighter for a more effective spin time and fidget use.

Based on all the trials when we test our fidget device, we came to the conclusion that out fidget device was too heavy. When we took out some nickels in our fidget device the device was still too heavy. After trying to fix the problem we figured that the design of the device was at fault, not necessarily the weight of the device.

Problems our group had with our spinner would be the weight distribution and spin time. In our first spinner build we added small metal balls as well as nickels as our weight. We thought the more weight we added, while equally balancing it across the entire spinner, would give us a longer spin time. We were wrong, the spinner could barely reach 1 minute on our best trial run. We then went back to the drawing board and redesigned a new spinner that spun for longer and was lighter with less weights.

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