Introduction: 3XODUS | a K'nex Ball Machine

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Hello there! I'm back. After a month of slow progress, my second ever ball machine, 3XODUS, is finished! I know the movie isn't amazing however it is my first time using movie maker. (however it is definitely a massive improvement from my previous ball machine's video!) Here is the video and here are some stats:

  • 3 Paths
  • 9 elements
  • 3 lifts
  • 1 new path type
  • 3 new elements
  • 1 new lift (I sincerely hope this is my own invention, I was so excited to have my own lift!)

Step 1: Network (And Path Separator)

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Here are the lifts I used in 3XODUS and the path separator:

  1. Shadowman39's Shifting Arm Lift. This was an absolute pain to get working in my ball machine! I had built the entire thing didn't work! After lots of fiddling and tweaks, it finally worked for me.
  2. My own lift called the Diagonal Helix lift (Instructable will be made soon!). This is an extremely fast and reliable short-distance lift.
  3. sandroknexmaster's Wheel Lift. A great, reliable and fast lift. No problems with this one!
  4. Sorunome's Infinity Switch. It was extremely difficult to integrate it into 3XODUS without using too much height, but enough that the ball can pass under it onto the paths. Once I got it working though, it was completely fine.

Step 2: Path 1

Picture of Path 1

Now onto the first path.

  1. Thibault Art's K'nex Ball Machine Element 1. I fell in love with this element when I saw it on YouTube. I knew it had to be in this ball machine so thank you Thibault for inventing it!
  2. Here's an element I designed myself, a simple drop through using K'nex bricks. It has no name right now but I'd greatly appreciate it if someone came up with one! (An Instructable for it will be up soon!)
  3. This is the new path type I invented. It uses chain and grey 2-slot connectors and is slightly flexible. This makes it great for small bumps (like I made).
  4. I LOVE this element. I invented it trying to make a wheel that spun when the ball entered it, it turned out to be completely different though. This is my absolute FAVOURITE element of mine, I call it the Spinner Kick. (An Instructable for it will be up soon!)

Step 3: Path 2

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This path was the hardest. Funnily enough, I built it after building paths 1 & 2, so I had to squeeze my hand through all sorts of tiny spaces! I was expecting it to be a lot worse however it came out much better than I expected.

  1. A simple drop through like in my previous ball machine.
  2. A Ferris wheel I semi-designed. I remembered seeing a picture of one using them pieces and tried to recreate it from a foggy memory so I'm sorry if I'm not crediting the person who designed it.
  3. I decided that the path was still relatively boring so I decided to add a little dangling thing that the ball triggers.
  4. The second half of sandroknexmaster's Double Arm drop.
  5. A simple bendy path using green connectors and white rods to bring the ball back to the start. (It also makes a very satisfying noise!)

Step 4: Path 3

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Path 3 is the smallest in terms of how many elements it has but longest in terms of time.

  1. A spiral element I built that doesn't use any tubing. This is very large and requires a lot of support. Also it has to be entered with speed or the ball will catch on the connectors. (An Instructable for it will be up soon!)
  2. sandroknexmaster's Double Arm drop.
  3. The green bendy path used in path 2.

Step 5: Finished!

Thank you for taking the time to look at my ball machine 3XODUS. A quick note about the movie I made, it was my first ever use of Windows Movie Maker so it isn't perfect and there's no copyright infringement intended. Anyway, if you liked this please consider subscribing to me, I post K'nex Instructables very often! Also please comment and tell me what you think about it. Again, thank you everyone, including you, for being amazing and looking at this.


master-splinter306 (author)2016-01-04

Great job! How long did it take to make?

How come I never saw this comment?! I think it says in the ible, a month of work (obviously not one month straight! )

Yeah, and wow! For one month, you did absolutely amazing!

Cheers, I'm planning to go bigger next time *wink*

Awesome look, I have something to tell you...... I made anew k'nex gun that is awesome! It is already posted.

Oh, I don't think you've seen it yet! I posted a gun ible the other day :)

Oh really? I will check it out!

Great I'll check it out! BTW I'm working on my New LLC V2. 0 :) its only slightly better, I may call it the v1. 5

Awesome! I can't wait to see it!

Lexi Knex (author)2015-11-18

WOWWWWW i was waiting so much after your ``update``

i would like to see the vid )=

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2015-11-18

I added a video....0_o

Lexi Knex (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-18

great new lift !

but i think i already saw it a long time ago.

well... great job (=

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2015-11-18

I thought I invented it...I looked for it everywhere!

Lexi Knex (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-19 at 5:46

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2015-11-19

:( I'll make instructions though.

Lexi Knex (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-01-04

sorry )=

but i am sure you have more ideas (=

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2016-01-04

Yup =)

Lexi Knex (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-19

great idea (=

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2015-11-19

Videos up!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2015-11-18

oh no...I forgot to drag it into the intro step :/

sandroknexmaster (author)2015-12-15

Good work, that's one nice ball machine!

thank you sandroknexmaster! I didn't get the email for your comment:(

No problem!

www139 (author)2015-11-19

Before it's too late, you should put the video you recorded on youtube! I think this would do well! I voted :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-19

Thank you! Sadly I'm not allowed YouTube :(

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-20

Aww. Then try they're good with privacy. Nice machine and video by the way. :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-20

I doubt I'll be allowed that either :/ . I'll ask if I can put it on YouTube

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-20

ok. If you're not allowed to, then try vimeo. It's nice and you don't have to worry about all the bad stuff. Then again, it's rare to find swear words in comments on youtube for stuff like this. You only see that kind of stuff when there are over a few hundred comments and even then you can just ignore it. :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-20

it's not that, its the fact that you can talk/comment.

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-20

you can disable that when you put the video on youtube... :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-21

ik. But good news...IM ALLOWED YOUTUBE!

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-21

yes! You should create an account and share this before someone steals your video!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-21

already done :) However YouTube crushed the quality.....:( should I remvoe the file from the ible?

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-21

It may be a good idea. You can embed the video instead. I can tell you how to if you don't know how to... :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-11-21

yes please! I thought I did embed the video :/

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-11-21

no, the youtube video. There's an embed code, or instructables allows you to use the video link, but there's a special button you need to click, so I'll help you if you need it. :)

www139 (author)www1392015-11-21

Oh, wait a minute! You did embed it! Sorry. :P

www139 (author)www1392015-11-21

but you should remove the download. It takes forever and people may steal it. ;)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-06

Pff I still forgot to take it down xD. Today's my birthday and I got over double my k'nex collection xD

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-06

That's awesome! How many pieces do you think you have now?

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-06

this + my previous collecion

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-09

Awesome! Looks like you have a lot more pieces! :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-09

yep :) ball machines here I come! (After a collaboration with lucastheboss)

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-10

You're collaborating?

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-10

I will do after Christmas; I want to learn about k'nex guns

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-10

Sounds great!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-10

yep :) U making/planning on making any ball machines?

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-10

We were, but we had to take it down. I recently made a foosball table so I think I will enter that into the k'nex contest this year (if they have it! It would be a killer if they didn't!).

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-12-10

great! I'm thinking of making a pinball machine ;) I really hope there is a k'nex contest

www139 (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-12-11

My foosball table has legs and can store balls in one of them. The floor is like the one on shadowman's skeeball machine. I can send you a download link to a video that I made for it in a PM if you like... :) Just tell me if you like the music that I chose, OK? :P

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