Here is a paper gyroscope that I made to being able to be printed off a computer. The prototype is now torn apart (used to make the template) but it was build again. So here is most of the instructable!
Step 1: Supplies
- Paper template (Or really thick paper, but most printers can't hand that)
- Thick paper (Thicker than your usual construction paper)
- Glue (tacky glue works best)
- Paperclip (Not with the plastic stuff on it)
- Thumb Tack
Step 2: Template
Please note, this wont work(I think?)on normal paper. This is only meant to be a template for thicker paper.
Anyways, print this out and cut it out on the outside lines only.
Step 3: Glueing Stage
Now put the template that you cut out and glue it on to the thicker paper. I used paper that was used to hold x-rays. You most likely wont get or find this kind of paper in a store but you could glue together 3 sheets of 160g/m² paper(I think that is what i have) together.
Step 4: Outer Shell
This will hold the gyroscope inside of it.
Step 5: Paperclip Axis
This would be very hard to do with a piece of paper. so i did it with a paperclip. In the template there is a line that you will have to measure to the paperclip. Cut the paperclip so it is the same length as the line.
Step 6: The Gyroscope Innards
Cut them out, and refer to the pictures
Step 7: Add the String Windup Thing
To make it speed up instead of using your fingers(Or hooks) I added a windup thing so i could make it as close to a real gyroscope as possible.
Step 8: Spin to Activate!
You are now done if you did all the steps(I hope you did!) just put some floss or a thin piece of string into the windup hole. While holding the outer shell, slowly pull the string until it gain momentum and goes faster. Set it down on a table and see if stay up and not fall down