Feb 8, 2018

Research no.1

in category Good to know

Hello guys !


I am Paul, nice to meet you ! I am the designer and the community manager of the STYL team !
In the penspinning community, I am one of the administrator of the french penspinning board and am also a 9 years old penmodder.


I am going to write one or two articles about my design propositions for our STYL project. As a penmodder, all my « prototypes » are made of writing instruments. There is no other stuff into my objects. No electronic card inside either. Actually in my daily life, I consider pens as raw materials, not as writing instruments.


But first I introduce you what is penmodding. Penmodding is a fascinating discipline, where you have to create equipments – either from pens or others materials – for the penspinning.
Basically spinners used regular pens. But the more tricks evolved the more they needed new equipments for their performance. Thus, they started to modify their pens into « penmod » : longer, heavier and balanced. They keep the settings from pens that interest them (texture, durability, density, weight and length of each part) and they invent new tools from these pens as raw materials. Then each spinner can make their own penmod from their own preference.


I start with my first proposition which got inspired from one of this 3D printed prototype :


Below is my proposition, called No.1 :

Even though spinners can make themselves their equipments from their own preferences as I said earlier, penmods generally have to respect a range of weight and a range of length for an optimal performance.  There always are exceptions but usually, penmods are from 12 grams to 30 grams and from 19 centimeters to 24 centimeters. For professionnals spinners each gram and each millimeter for a penmod is important, that’s why in my opinion, we can compare penmodding to jewelry about the process preciseness.

Here, I have made a 21cm penmod because I consider this is the average length for a penspinning equipment. I won’t talk about the weight on this article yet.

The outside diameter of the barrel is 10 mm and 8 mm for the inside diameter. The spin area is 150 mm : enough space to do penspinning tricks.

Since I got inspired from one of the 3D printed prototypes, I thought about keeping the USB plug at the middle, that’s why there is a blue line. But also because a line at the middle of a penmod is important for the first penspinning tricks learning. People can understand that the fingers positions on the pen is pretty important for the achievement and for the control of a trick.

On each edge are “grips” : a silicon part which allows to do specific tricks (called ‘wipers’) but also to add weight, so momentum. We can find grips in many colors and I have chosen white and blue for STYL.

The silver arrow is a hint for the user to know which is the side of the battery of the object (in case they have to change it).

I know there are many problems and things to fix for this proposition. I will write another article at the end of the week about the two others propositions and I will explain a lot of more about the importance of the momentum in a penmod. To be continued…


– Paul

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