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Family 3D prints fidget spinners together

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It's a growing trend among kids at school, fidget spinners. But the toys aren't just for fun.

In the case of the Graham family they’ve actually taught some valuable lessons.

Edward Graham said, "Kids are buying them and selling them and trading with each other. It’s cool."

His father, Ed Graham, knows all about the excitement.

His four children wanted the toys.

But instead of buying them, the kids decided to make their own with a 3D printer at ProtoCAM where their engineer dad works.

Ed Graham said, "It was fun to help them create one and use some engineering skills to do it."

The kids got a hands-on lesson in the concept of designing and developing a product.

Ed Graham said, "Which was really cool because they saw it and they modeled it and they had a physical one in their hand within a matter of hours so it was something that really kind of connected the dots."

He son Edward said of his spinner, "I just put the spikes on here because I like that design I thought it looked cool. I have a Batman sign on there at the bottom."

But what's all the fuss about the little spinners?

We went straight to the source.

Edward Graham said, "Basically if you are really fidgety in class and stuff, it's to help you concentrate just by spinning it."

Jarett Graham said, "The bearings help it spin so that it relaxes you and helps you focus."

Ed Graham isn't trying to spin his way to success.

He has no plans to market the toys, but he did gain something far more valuable than money, time with his kids.

He said, "The best part about it was being able to work with them."



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