We’ve all grown up to playing with Slinky for endless hours, and if as a zesty DIY-er you think you’ve outgrown them – think again. Adam Watters has upped his cool quotient by a million and promises to up our by at least a hundred notches, if we simply follow his instructions as seen here.


The recipe for success includes the addition of a rotary attachment to a laser cutter, acrylic and cardboard and 3d printed PLA. Adam basically cut helical paths onto the cylinders and the results are nothing short of spectacular. The host of forms ranges from straightforward spiral to cuboid grids, nested coils, wave spring, compression springs and more.

According to Adam, the process of cutting new springs and the experimentation phase was super fun, and we bet it will be so for us too. He used the Trotec rotary attachment in a Speedy 300 as his choice of weapon to laser cut a 3D printed PLA plastic tube. Other materials used were clear acrylic, and cardboard shipping tubes. Read the complete steps here and watch some amazing videos he has created for us.

Cardboard wave spring – laser cut wave spring from cardboard.

Spring laser cut – helical spring being laser cut from 3D printed PLA plastic tube.

Laser cut compression springs – cut from cardboard and 3D printed PLA. These springs jump.

Shape shifting cardboard springs – these springs flatten out and are
laser cut from cardboard tube.

Nested triple spring – 3-start nested spring laser cut from cardboard tube, which are stronger and bouncier than a normal cardboard spring.

Wavesprings – laser cut acrylic springs with wave path coils. They lock into pretty patterns when twisted.

Cardboard step springs – laser cut from a cardboard tube in a pretty design that twist when you bounce them.