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Cataclysm Knex Ball Machine

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After over a year of construction, Cataclysm is finally finished! It has 6 paths and 10 lifts. 8 of those lifts are new. It stands almost 8 feet high. I haven't counted the pieces yet, but I will soon. The 10 lifts are organized into 3 networks, each network having two paths. I had to buy many pieces while building, most of which were blue connectors, blue rods, and green rods. I completely ran out of yellow rods. A Lego train runs around the bottom of the ball machine. :-)

This used 16 AA and 3 C batteries to power the motors.

Construction was started on May 25, 2009, and I finished on September 25, 2010.

The grand total of pieces is 28,538!

Click here for the picture album, with higher quality pictures!

Here is the video!


www13910 days ago

have the balls ever hit each other on the race track?!

Shadowman39 (author)  www13910 days ago

No, one ball was always delayed so they wouldn't collide.

WOW!!!!!! that would never work for me!

hunter9994 months ago
haha - just realized that you posted this on by birthday, I feel special!
Shadowman39 (author)  hunter9994 months ago
Ha, nice :-P
hunter9996 months ago
Nice ball machine! Very innovative and ingenious! :-)

Do you have any idea where I can get some closer images or instructions on the element in 2:29 - 2:33 ?
Shadowman39 (author)  hunter9996 months ago
Alright, I found lots of pictures of it so I put them in an Ible right here.
Wow! Thanks for these! =D
Shadowman39 (author)  hunter9996 months ago
You're welcome. :-)
Shadowman39 (author)  hunter9996 months ago
Thanks! I don't have access to any pictures right now, but if I remember I'll make a Cataclysm album on Flickr this weekend.
Tazmjm696 months ago
You have built some insanely cool stuff!!
Shadowman39 (author)  Tazmjm696 months ago
Thanks! :-)
www1391 year ago
wow!We have maybe 10,000-15,000 pieces.I'm a Christian too! How did you embed your video? Thats a photo of part of our ball machine a week ago.
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Shadowman39 (author)  www1391 year ago
Cool! Do you build with someone else? (I noticed you said "we"). To embed the video there's an icon near the right side, and when you click it you can paste the embed code there. 
My brother (Weston) helps me he's a good helper!!
www1391 year ago
we're new to this what grade are you in?How many pieces do you have?
are you in school if so what grade are you in?
Shadowman39 (author)  www1391 year ago
I'm a senior in high school and I have 30,000-40,000 pieces.
www1391 year ago
I've known you for a while on you tube and on instructables so I decided to subscribe!!
Shadowman39 (author)  www1391 year ago
Thanks!
www1391 year ago
thanks :D
www1391 year ago
thanx.
I like path 2 :)
Shadowman39 (author)  sandroknexmaster1 year ago
Ah yes, the freefall. :-)
Haha :D
www1391 year ago
could you show me how to make some good path deviders?
Shadowman39 (author)  www1391 year ago
Here is a picture of the most simple type:
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knextank1 year ago
holy **** this is awesome
Shadowman39 (author)  knextank1 year ago
Thanks!
Knex12352 years ago
WOW do you ever run out of pieces!!!!!
Knex12352 years ago
WOW!!!!!! how do you come up with that??!! how long did that take you to build?!
Wow???
jmiester2 years ago
i have the same exact lego train w/a lot of extra tracks. I'm thinking of making an NXT train soon, since I have mindstorms NXT 2.0
Shadowman39 (author)  jmiester2 years ago
I think that new light blue train is cool, even thought you have to buy motor and track separately. Do you use 9-volt or RC?
9-volt, with a LOT of tracks including 4 switches and the dual crossover. There's a new one?!?! I haven't been on LEGO.com lately...
Whoops, I meant RC... :-/
Shadowman39 (author)  jmiester2 years ago
The new one is really cool. The 9-Volt system is best, but it's very expensive. Last time I checked on Bricklink straight rails were 20 dollars per piece!
well there not that expensive as far as I know... that might be a freak pricing accident, but its NOT the normal price....
Shadowman39 (author)  jmiester2 years ago
Maybe it was an accident. It was used too. :-P
That is why. Buy some from lego.com, its very cheap, thought they dont make that train or the dual crossover anymore :-(
Tornado962 years ago
MAN! OVer 400 comments! Your well on your way to internet fame Shadow! :-D
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