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Orbit Tippe Top

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3D model description

A different kind of Tippe Top. You may be able to buy these as "Dieters 81501 Orbit Spinning Top". They are made by the German company Dieters. The second photo shows the Dieters version.

I designed these to be 3D printed in two halves. For the best effect use two colors of filament and change in the middle of the print at z=3 mm.

When spun, these should invert so that the ball is on the top. These are more difficult to spin than an ordinary Tippe Top due to the shape. I recommend printing with 100% infill so that the top has maximum weight.

I include the OpenSCAD program in case you want to change the design parameters. I have not experimented with the ball size and disk size and thickness. This was the first version I printed and it works.

3D printing settings

Print two halves with 100% infill for maximum weight. For the two color version, print two halves together and switch colors at the first layer after 3 mm.

Each half piece contains holes for alignment. After cleaning the holes out (if necessary) take a scrap piece of 1.75 mm filament. Insert the filament into a hole and cut it off such that about 5 mm is sticking out. After each hole has a piece of filament, fit the other half in place. If the fit looks good, remove and glue the halves together (I recommend superglue).

  • 3D file format: SCAD and STL
  • Publication date: 2020/05/11 at 19:12





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