YOYOMAKER - Pop Loop
This is a pretty large, eye-popping 3D printed looping yo-yo!
3D printers have been very useful in recent years for rapid prototyping of new yo-yo designs. And now, more and more yo-yo makers are appearing who even use 3D printers for their production! One of the early adopters of this technology is YOYOMAKER, and this is their first 3D-printed looping model.
This design was a special order by yo-yo performer and 2004 and 2010 world champion, Tsubasa Onishi. The standout feature is its size, coming in with a diameter of 80mm, which is 25% larger than the normal looping yo-yo average of 60mm. This is definitely a unique design!
Even more interesting is that the Pop Loop still weighs in around 50 grams, which is a normal weight for a looping yo-yos. This unexpected play between size and weight gives the Pop Loop a really interesting feeling.
For more information, check out the Maker Review below.
The Pop Loop overturns the standards and expectations we have for looping yo-yos, with its 80mm body! Thanks to our experience with 3D printing technology we were able to realize this concept. The upsized body is balanced by its light weight. It has a very slightly rounded body profile and uses a size C bearing, and we used the 3D printer to rapidly prototype a specialized starburst response design to make sure it plays surprisingly well.
Upon trying it, you'll be surprised at how straightforward it plays, but is still a definitely unique experience. Because it doesn't play exactly like a normal looping yo-yo, we wouldn't recommend a competition player with an established style to try switching to the Pop Loop. A design this unique calls for innovation, so players looking to explore the possibilities of looping play and develop new styles and tricks, or just to challenge themselves, this is for you.
Of course, we also share a QR code so you can download the 3D models yourself. It's a pretty complex design, but you can try to challenge yourself to print one yourself, or try polycarbonate or PETG materials to increase the body's durability.
The development of the Pop Loop started when famed off string player, 2004/2010 4A world champion, and Samurai Rock Orchestra performer, Tsubasa Onishi asked us if we could create for him a looping yo-yo that would be highly visible for stage performances. Needless to say, there were many challenges from the beginning of the design process, and we needed to create many prototypes to settle on the design you see here. Finally, we are satisfied enough to release it to the public.
- We recommend playing with a thicker string for this yo-yo. We have included some K String normal size string in the package. If you feel like the yo-yo isn't responsive enough, we recommend using the included original shim we've included in the package. We do not recomment using an o ring or soft-material part to adjust the Pop Loop's gap.
- We use 3D printers for our rapid prototyping and production, which heats the material and lays it down in laminating layers. Because of this, there may be some slight variation in weight from one to the other. Please be aware that there also may be some slight differences from one body color to another.
- We consider this a "handmade" yo-yo, as final assembly is all done by hand. There may be some minor visual defects or blemishes due to the 3D printing process or this manual labor, so if you are sensitive to these things we recommend purchasing a different model.
|Style||Looping Trick (2A)|
|Trapeze Width (mm)||13|
|Body Material||Plastic (Polycarbonate/ABS/PS)|
|Bearing Type||Ball Bearing|
|Bearing Size||Size C (Large)|
|Maintenance||Pad/Sticker/O-Ring Change Required|
|String||Slim String (For Looping) x100|
|Maintenance||YYF Performance Oil (Loop-Response)|
|Protector||Finger Wrap Tape|