Quad Toggle Fidget Toy

Quad Toggle Fidget Toy

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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
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All springs on runners
All springs on runners
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20 min
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Description

The Quad Toggle is a “toggle” fidget with a mechanical twist… Pressing any key will release any/all other keys. Pressing the key down far enough will lock it down into place. Try pressing different combinations to lock down one, two, three, or all four keys, then press again to pop them back up. Good noisy fun for the key-pressing fidgeter.

 

I was inspired by old cassette tape players, where pressing one play control button would release another. This first led me to design my “Triple Toggle” fidget. I learned a lot with that design, and further refined the mechanism to develop this new, more compact “2x2” version.

 

As described, this fidget is noisy. While it may be fun for you, please be mindful of those around you :-)

Notes for Printing & Assembly:

Orientation: Print orientation plays a big part in this design for optimal strength, lower friction, and appearance. Everything in the print profile has the correct orientation, but the STL files themselves are not. Most notably, the keys are printed on their side. This ensures the layer lines don't go in the same direction of the layer lines of the frame, and thus they don't make scratching noises as they slide along each other. This makes the top surfaces smoother, and the features on the side much stronger to handle the impact they make against the frame when popping back up.

 

Assembly: Assembly is simple and requires no additional hardware or glue. To assemble, simply follow the video demonstration on this post. Most of the parts can only go together one way. I will call attention to the key springs though. Pay attention to how they are oriented in the video. You'll want the “curve” on the end of the spring running in the same direction that the cover slides on. This will make it easier to slide the cover on and off. Once assembled, if the keys stick a little when fully pressed, give the key a few more presses and the springs will tend to settle into their proper position. If you need to disassemble, use a flathead screwdriver to pry open the bottom cover by twisting it in the slot (as demonstrated in the video).

 

Support: No auto-generated supports are required. The keys have a small designed support that can be broken off after printing. There will be some bridging on a few parts, but it's all hidden away in the final assembly and shouldn't affect normal operation.

 

Material: The main “solid” (non-spring) parts are designed to be printed in PLA. I haven't tested other materials, but other users have printed my Triple Toggle fidget in all PETG and have reported issues with excess friction; PLA seems to slide easier. For the springs (leaf spring and key springs), I recommend using PETG. PETG is naturally more “springy” and the parts will maintain their original shape better and spring back up to their full size. PLA is more likely to deform and lose its ability to fully “spring back”.

 

Alternative Springs: If you have any trouble printing the springs, I've include a profile & STL that has all the springs on runners to provide a single object to print with better bed adhesion. Simply cut the springs loose after printing.

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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
Awesome model, and a very addicting toy 8)
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beefy build quality. Used PLA for all of it. Not sure the springs will hold up since I didn’t use PETG.
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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
very good
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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
Fun to play with
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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
I dont like how the profile has the build plate locked to the one the designer used, wasted some of my time not knowing it was set
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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
good but after a while the buttons stopped working
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Quad Toggle standard profile with 4 color keys
works very well
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@benbrandt22 You have the Plate Settings in the "Objects" tab of the Process settings locked to a specific plate type and I've seen a few others mention it. You might want to unlock those settings and update your profile as it currently has a bad experience in that you can choose a main Plate type and the printer will let you start it, but then it'll immediately fail when it sees the actual print bed doesn't match what the print profile called for. Specifically, your profile is locked for the first two beds to use the Cool plate rather than the default Textured PEI which is going to catch most people off guard who don't know any better about checking the Objects-specific settings.
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Thank you for the detailed comment, I didn't understand what others were referring to before. I'll update the profile to use Textured PEI throughout.
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Replying to @benbrandt22 :
No worries at all! I saw the other comments as well and didn't know what they were on about as I didn't even know it was possible to set/lock the bed setting under the Objects tab - so TIL, too. I owe you some pics for your posting as dude this is THE BEST THING EVER. I've been fascinated by the mechanism and have been experimenting with different spring materials as well as some metal springs to get different feels.
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Edit: Sorry if I posted another comment, I read the desc.
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