Introduction: Bendy Spiral | a K'nex Ball Machine Element

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Difficulty: Very Hard

Hello! Here is the final element from my k'nex ball machine 3XODUS. It is a spiral but doesn't use any tubing. This was a big challenge as I had to get the shape and steepness correct or the ball wouldn't roll down! I have made many improvements to it since it was on my ball machine. It is very well supported now. Remember that this is a very heavy element so make sure it is extremely well supported in your ball machine or it will fall off! Want to build it? Let's go!

Featured?! Thank you so much Instructables!

Step 1: Piece Count

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Rods: 173

Green - 40

Blue -31

Yellow - 23

Red Bendy (Yellow size) - 35

Red - 21

Grey - 10

Purple Bendy (Grey size) - 13

Connectors: 153

1 Slot - 6

2 Slot (Orange) - 36

3 Slot - 15

5 Slot - 61

8 Slot - 3

7 Slot 3D - 11

4 Slot 3D - 21

Miscellaneous: 3

Metallic Blue Clip - 1

Y Clip - 2

Total: 329

Step 2: Frame

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Step 3: Railing

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This is the hardest part, make sure you follow the steps VERY carefully

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Step 4: Guides and Extras

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Step 5: Path

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Step 6: Extra

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Anywhere that the ball gets stuck, put this under the track that is having that problem. Over time, the element should sort itself out. Some places you may have to modify yourself.

Step 7: Finished!

You made it, well done! Please tell me what you think of it down in the comments! Subscribe for more builds like this in your 'you' page. Favorite and share but more importantly, have a great day!


dvader1248 (author)2018-01-04

I am mostly going to use this in my ball machine

this element is really cool

thanks bro

Linkin_J_Knex (author)dvader12482018-01-05

You're welcome glad it can be of use!

dvader1248 (author)2018-01-04

hey everyone can someone please tell the diameter of one of those knex balls

in inches please



hrishi4040 (author)2016-04-07

gr8 thinking !

Linkin_J_Knex (author)hrishi40402016-04-08

Thank you:D

sandroknexmaster (author)2016-04-06

Looks good!

Cheers :D

FanPlastic (author)2016-02-22

Good ible and Good job getting featured, but i'm kinda clueless... what does getting featured even mean?

Linkin_J_Knex (author)FanPlastic2016-02-22

Featured means 3month pro membership for free and also it gets shown on the front page so you get tons more views. You also get an achievement. :)

FanPlastic (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-02-23


Linkin_J_Knex (author)FanPlastic2016-02-25

I just realised the name of my new gun (linking lightning carbine) has the same initials as the end of your name!

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GuppehsWorld (author)2016-02-18

this is neat!! Ima build it later today!!

thank you! Please post a picture!

I might not have enough small orange bendy pieces ;-;

Well you could probably scale it down a bit:)

Lexi Knex (author)2016-02-18


congrats (=

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2016-02-20

Thanks :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Lexi Knex2016-02-20


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Bio: Hey there! as my name kind of suggests, I'm Linkin_J! A 14 year old K'nex and fallout enthusiast! I highly advise you check ... More »
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