Introduction: "Deux" K'nex Ball Machine

Picture of "Deux" K'nex Ball Machine
Currently, this is the first ball machine on this site. Anyways, this a relatively small and simple ball machine with two paths and a motor driven chain. It isn't immensely difficult to build, but it uses a lot of pieces. This was originally built last year but then I decided to make an instructable out of it since it wasn't as huge as my other ones were. So, without further ado, I bring you... Deux.

Pieces:
4 Grey Rods
8 Red Rods
72 Yellow Rods
163 Blue Rods
100 White Rods
111 Green Rods
7 White 8-Slot Connectors
59 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
14 Green 4-Slot Connectors
45 Red 3-Slot Connectors
3 Grey 2-Slot Connectors
17 Orange 2-Slot Connectors
79 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
32 Orange Tabbed Connectors
52 Blue 3D Connectors
87 Purple 3D Connectors
6 Brown Tabbed Connectors
6 Red Gears
58 Chain Links
3 Balls
1 Motor
Total: 957 Pieces

Step 1: The Structure, Part 1: the Base, Part 1

Picture of The Structure, Part 1:  the Base, Part 1

This is the base part one: The structure base.

Parts:
27 Blue Rods
23 Blue 3D connectors
19 Purple 3D connectors
13 Yellow Rods
Total: 82 Pieces

Step 2: The Structure, Part 1: the Base, Part 2

Picture of The Structure, Part 1:  the Base, Part 2

This is the second part of the base, the extra parts in the base
The Motor
The Motorhouse
The Path

Parts:
14 Green Rods
11 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
10 Blue Rods
8 Purple 3D Connectors
6 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
6 White Rods
5 Orange 2-Slot Connectors
5 Brown Tabbed Connectors
3 Blue 3D Connectors
2 Red Rods
2 Yellow Rods
1 White 8-Slot Connector
Total: 73 pieces

Step 3: The Structure, Part 2: the Tower

Picture of The Structure, Part 2:  the Tower

This is the tower segment of the machine. It is a long step. This is where all the components are connected.

It comprises of seven sections/floors

Pieces:
65 Blue Rods
44 Purple 3D Connectors
35 Yellow Rods
34 Green Rods
23 Blue 3D Connectors
15 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
6 White Rods
4 Red Gears
4 Red 3-Slot Connectors
4 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
2 Green 4-Slot Connectors
1 White 8-Slot Connector
1 Orange 2-Slot Connector
Total: 238 Pieces

Step 4: The Structure, Part 3: the Path Seperator

Picture of The Structure, Part 3: the Path Seperator

A short step. This component makes the ball go to either path one or two.
Pieces:
8 Grey One-Slot Connectors
4 White Rods
4 Blue Rods
2 Yellow Rods
2 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
1 Green Rod
1 Red 3-Slot Connector
1 Brown Tabbed Connector
Total: 23 Pieces

Step 5: The First Way, Part 1: the Three Paths

Picture of The First Way, Part 1: the Three Paths

These are three identical paths that begin the first Way.
Pieces:
18 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
18 White Rods
15 Blue Rods
12 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
12 Red 3-Slot Connectors
3 White 8-Slot Connectors
Total: 78 Pieces

Build three, then connect to tower as shown.

Step 6: The First Way, Part 2: the Fourth Path

Picture of The First Way, Part 2: the Fourth Path

This is a single path after the Three identicals.
Pieces:
6 White Rods
5 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
4 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
3 Red 3-Slot Connectors
3 Red Rods
2 Green Rods
1 Blue Rod
Total: 24 Pieces

Step 7: The First Way, Part 3: the Fifth Path

Picture of The First Way, Part 3: the Fifth Path

This is a fifth path leading to the spiral in the first Way.
Pieces:
7 Blue Rods
7 Red 3-Slot Connectors
6 White Rods
4 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
2 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
2 Purple 3D Connectors
1 Green Rod
1 Yellow Rod
Total: 30 Pieces

Step 8: The First Way, Part 4: the Spiral

Picture of The First Way, Part 4: the Spiral

This is the last part in this Way, the spiral. it is an easy but long and repetitive step.
Build seven of picture two and one of picture three. Connect them all, then put the Grey connectors on a re rod and put two more Grey connectors on. Then place in the empty spot on the ball tower.
Pieces:
18 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
16 Yellow Rods
14 Green Rods
8 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
7 Red 3-Slot Connectors
1 Red Rod
Total: 64 Pieces

Step 9: The Second Way, Part 1: the Supports

Picture of The Second Way, Part 1: the Supports

These will support the Two Slides.
A fairly short and easy step.
Pieces:
6 Red 3-Slot Connectors
4 Grey Rods
4 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
4 Purple 3D Connectors
4 Blue Rods
2 Yellow Rods
2 Orange 2-Slot Connectors
2 White Rods
2 Green Rods
1 Red Rod
Total: 29 Pieces

Step 10: The Second Way, Part 2: the First Slide

Picture of The Second Way, Part 2: the First Slide

This is the first Part of the second Way. There is a special guard part that you need to build(Picture 6), otherwise the ball will fall off.
Pieces:
16 Orange Tabbed Connectors
10 White Rods
8 Blue Rods
7 Green Rods
5 Red 3-Slot Connectors
1 Yellow Rod
1 Grey Connector
Total: 48 Pieces

Step 11: The Second Way, Part 3: the Ball Stopper

Picture of The Second Way, Part 3: the Ball Stopper

A Short Step. Slows the ball down.
Pieces:
5 Green Rods
3 Blue 3D Connectors
2 Orange 2-Slot Connectors
1 Blue Rod
1 White Rod
1 Brown Tabbed Connector
Total: 13 Pieces

Step 12: The Second Way, Part 4: the Descent

Picture of The Second Way, Part 4: the Descent

This part is where the ball slides down. It is an easy step. Build, connect Step 11, and attach to the mainframe.
Pieces:
Step 11
24 Orange Tabbed Connectors
24 White Rods
11 Blue Rods
4 Green 4-Slot Connectors
2 Green Rods
Total: 65 Pieces

Step 13: The Second Way, Part 5: the Loop

Picture of The Second Way, Part 5: the Loop

This is the part of the Way that goes upside down.

Pieces:
16 White Rods
8 Orange Tabbed Connectors
8 Green 4-Slot Connectors
4 Blue Rods
Total: 36 Pieces

Step 14: The Second Way, Part 6: the Box

Picture of The Second Way, Part 6: the Box

This is a boxy part that catches the ball after the loop. It is a short Step. Build it then attach it to the tower
Pieces:
19 Green Connectors
12 Purple 3D Connectors
7 White Rods
4 Yellow 5-Slot Connectors
2 Red Rods
2 Blue Rods
2 White 8-Slot Connectors
1 Yellow Rod
1 Red 3-Slot Connector
1 Orange 2-Slot Connector
Total: 51 Pieces

Step 15: The Second Way, Part 7: the Tubing

Picture of The Second Way, Part 7: the Tubing

Now, you must attach the tubing. This can be very frustrating. First, attach the shorter pieces to the top Slide, then the longer ones to the bottom slide.
You need:
2 Pieces of 102cm Orange tubing
2 Pieces of 37cm Orange Tubing

Step 16: The Chain, Part 1: the Grabbers

Picture of The Chain, Part 1: the Grabbers

These are the little bits that grab the balls and lift them up (Yoinks!) Build four of them. Make sure all chain links face DOWN.
Pieces (Total):
12 Chain Links
12 Orange 2-Slot Connectors
12 Green Rods
12 Grey 1-Slot Connectors
8 Silver Spacers
4 Blue Rods
4 Grey 2-Slot Connectors
Total: 64 Pieces

Step 17: The Chain, Part 2: the Excess Links

Picture of The Chain, Part 2: the Excess Links

Now, You have to Build Four sets Of Chain links. Two Sets have to be 12 and the other two have to be 11.
Pieces:
46 Chain links
Total: 46 Pieces

Step 18: The Chain, Part 3: the Connection and Application

Picture of The Chain, Part 3: the Connection and Application

In this step you will connect steps 16 & 17 and place the finished product on the Ball Tower, thus completing it. When you Put on the chain, The chain will be very Tight.
You Will Need:
Step 16
Step 17

Step 19: How to Use

Picture of How to Use

I think this Is a bit Self explanatory, but I will tell you anyway.
Pieces:
3 (K'nex) Balls

To Turn On the Ball Tower, Press the Motor Switch LEFT.
The Machine Runs Optimally With Three Balls, But will handle one or two as well, but NOT four.

Congratulations, You have Finished Project DEUX!!!

Step 20: Troubleshooting

The DEUX is an advanced piece of K'nex machinery, but it does have its flaws. Here are some Common Problems.

P: My motor is not Running.
A: Either the batteries are dead or the motor is broken

P: The Ball Gets Stuck On the three Identical Paths.
A: Push the edges apart or remove the grey connectors on the paths.

P: The ball Does Not Make It over The loop
A: Check If the Tubing Is on correctly

P: The Ball Grabbers Always Snap off!
A: Try removing the central Grey Connector From the path in the base.

If you have any other Questions, PM me and I will post the Solution


You For Reading,
-TM2k

Comments

Knex1235 (author)2011-12-16

do you need the connectors that have the tubeing on it?

gassybeans (author)2011-06-08

what if we dont have tubing? were can we get it?

Knex-Gun-Reviewer (author)2011-05-26

dam it i have every thing exept 4 chain link

Fr-Pa-Co (author)2010-12-03

fantastic it looks amazingly cool and simple i am planning to build
5* i have just subscribed

k-n-e-x(leaved ibls) (author)2010-11-25

nice! 5*

knexjay (author)2010-07-21

Is it possible to use something else besides the orange tabbed connectors?

Metal4God (author)2007-07-11

dude post ur XxXxXx thingy

Darth Trainman (author)Metal4God2007-07-11

No. That would take about 7 months alone.

Metal4God (author)Darth Trainman2007-07-11

dude please becuse if not thar would be mean

Darth Trainman (author)Metal4God2007-07-11

its about 9000 pieces. No. I'm not going to, end of story

what is this 'XxXxXx thingy'?

XxXxXx is the meanest biggest most awesome ball tower ever maid its maid by trainman 2000

Jesus. (author)nazgoolslayer72009-06-06

XxXxXx is the second meanest biggest most awesome ball tower ever maid its maid by trainman 2000
the first meanest biggest most awesome ball tower ever maid is (cue inpresive music) CHAOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED SOME MORE K'NEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

builder968 (author)agent harmsy2008-12-07

lol

holy cow this is crap excuse me did i say crap what i really ment was its god damn cool good nice genius

I thank you kindly.

DrWeird117 (author)Metal4God2008-11-21

What IS it?

Metal4God (author)DrWeird1172008-11-24

it's a ball thing i thinkk

DrWeird117 (author)Metal4God2008-11-24

Oh.

It is Train's er...second best ball machine to date, one before CHAOS.

Oh.

Tom Buckey (author)2009-04-14

if it wernt for this video i wouldnt of found this site!!

kurtcobain132 (author)Tom Buckey2009-05-28

same here

The Jamalam (author)2009-03-01

i've tried and failed to find the orange tubing pieces, but i have the connectors. can you help me?

eBay.co.uk

Original Roller Coaster and Big Ball Factory. Or knex.com. OR, just use roller coaster tubing.

knexjay (author)2009-02-22

do you mean make 1 of that 2 of that and 3 of that?

Darth Trainman (author)knexjay2009-02-23

No, I just numbered each for convenience, cause they all look practically the same.

rexdino5 (author)2008-11-27

Hey the xxxxx what ever that or how big that is i might have enough pieces for that. I have 4 tubes full of knex from my cousins and i bought a lot of other things. I also have a lot of the railing.

DYLEGO (author)rexdino52008-12-12

trust me, he wont post. thousands upon thousands of pieces, and like 8 ft tall. if you have enough, be original and create your own ball machine.

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2008-02-09

U NEED TO RE DO U PARTS LIST OR ASK SOMEONE NICELY TO DO IT.

DYLEGO (author)Darth Trainman2008-08-04

ok, i have enough orange tabbed commectors, but i dont have any rails with me, so do u think the loop will still work if i use yellow halves?

builder968 (author)DYLEGO2008-12-09

im gonna build it then tell you, since i dont have any of those orange tabbed thingies.

jthtiger (author)Darth Trainman2008-02-12

sorry didn't mean to start anything! just pointing something out! should be getting new parts soon. Can't wait to build!!! then I'll build the Immueble (?spelling?) jthtiger

well darth trainman said in the part list that u don't need that tube but u need it!

can you see the picture? obviously you need it!!! don't get so mad if you can see clearly what the mistake is. jthtiger

sarsippius1 (author)2008-10-13

Hi, TM2K. I have just joined instructables and have joined the Knex ball machines group. I have a YouTube account and am wondering if you can subscribe to me (I have subscribed to you). sarsippius1 P.S.: I will have my first instructable on soon!

The Jamalam (author)2008-08-25

lol at the pun

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-07-20

You've got the best music for all your ball machine videos :-)

leon0862 (author)2008-03-23

im not gonna take this

The KNex Weasel (author)leon08622008-06-24

Take what, exactly?

charliethecreator (author)2008-04-26

where do you get Orange Tabbed conectors

You can buy them from the online store at knex.com or on eBay.

then (author)2008-04-22

is this some religious site, because last time I checked it wasn't! So everyone, just shut the f*****' hell up about this whole religious thing

jthtiger (author)2008-02-09

your piece counts are not consistent. there are differences between the total count in the intro and the steps and there are wrong counts in the steps themselves. I get 927 when I add all the pieces in the intro, not 957 and I haven't checked all the steps but in step 1 you said you needed 27 blue rods 13 yellow rods 23 blue 3D connectors 19 purple 3D connectors I got 33 blue rods 16 yellow rods 23 blue 3D connectors 19 purple 3D connectors It's not enough to make a huge difference but when you don't have enough pieces to build it (like me) and you are trying to buy pieces for it, it can get a little annoying. Just letting you know. Other than that great Instructable and I'm looking forward to building it! jthtiger

Darth Trainman (author)jthtiger2008-02-13

I apologize for the error - my piece counts are very cursory. When you have to count 1000 pieces, it's not very fun.

jthtiger (author)Darth Trainman2008-02-13

apology accepted! I understand how tedious it can get especially when you may or may not have just the pictures to look at! If you would like, when I end up building this, I can count the pieces for you and check them all. I built the nano and there wasn't that many mistakes. just a few and they were only off by 2 or 3. So if you want me too, I will be happy to do it! jthtiger