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Author Topic: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!  (Read 1024 times)

Neff

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Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« on: February 06, 2020, 10:05:55 PM »

Together with my friends Joel and Lee, I am working on the release of a spin top known as the Sweetle. It is a 3.25" diameter, +/-150 gram 3D printed top with a double-bearing tip that is easily convertible to fixed tip, has a protected lower bearing, and an LED attachment available for bodies printed in translucent filament. The Sweetle was originally going to be fixed tip only to suit my personal preferences, but this top is not for me. This top will be a workhorse for all levels of skill and a great transition out of the yo-yo sized tops and on to bigger and better things (without being too intimidating  ;D). 

We are working on a small first run, more details when they are ready, but in the meantime, we have a few prototypes that did not work out for bearing... well, we did have a few... I have one left at the moment.  For these, I filled the bearing cores with resin and put in the same steel-reinforced HDPE tips that I put in my Sodatops.  This one is far from perfect looking, but plays great.













Starting price is $45. Send me a message to place your bid. International purchasers will need to add $15 to their bid for shipping. Money from this sale will help pay for production of this first run of Sweetles. I will close the auction this coming Friday Feb 14 at 7pm CST.



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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 11:37:33 AM »

The top looks good and I have seen some of your other posts about the Sweetle.


This is great!
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 01:33:29 PM »

Looks cool.  I can't wait to try it (while kissing my wife in the dark)!!!
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 04:48:54 PM »

Bid is at $71 folks!

So the name is Sweetle, like beetle but sweeter. Not sure if I should reveal the true origin of the name, but it does remind me of a sport kite that I was really fond of called the Beetle. It was a beginner friendly kite that was extremely durable and everything about it made kite flying fun.
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 05:19:04 AM »

I think 3.25" to 3.50" will eventually become the size people compete with. Easier to catch than smaller tops but faster than larger tops. I look forward to the final product.
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 09:09:29 PM »

Congrats butterfingers! You are the best, thank you for your interest   :D
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 05:42:47 AM »

Giddyup! As I am also 'far from perfect looking' it made sense to bid. I still consider bearing play to be a dark art so the fixed tip suits me. I have been watching your posts about this project with great interest and I'm excited to know this is on the way.


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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 02:10:24 PM »

You'll be amazed by the top!! It is truly something
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 09:11:57 PM »

Congratz, butterfingers.  The Sweetle has found a good home!
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2020, 06:04:36 AM »

Wahou so many projects now with 3D printing made accessible!!!  :P
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2020, 08:59:50 PM »









The prototype arrived Friday. It’s an excellent top. Good size and weight. I really like the feel of the Delrin tip. Pictured with a Relampago and a 4” Watts’ top for comparison.

I’m very happy with it.

... and I predict that Chris will sell an awful lot of them.
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Re: Sweetle Proto-Fixie up for grabs!
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2020, 10:55:58 AM »

Thanks for the post, butterfingers!  Very cool to see it next to esteemed tops such as those.
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