Introduction: Dragon Gem K'nex Ball Machine

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Tornado96 is proud to present Dragon Gem!
This is my largest and best ball machine to date. It has 3 new lifts and 9 paths. One of it's major features is the dragon animatronic.All 3 lifts are designed by me and instructions will be submitted as well for the 2 new elements incorporated into this contraption. One of it's key features is the Dragon animatronic which gave a nice theme to the ball machine!

Without further ado I present to you the video! (with one of the best songs!)

Thank you all for your patience and please enjoy the video!

One more thing. A lot of people have been leaving k'nex on instructables. Please DON'T LET K'NEX DIE!

Thanks for viewing and please comment, rate and subscribe!


lschraud (author)2014-08-19

Dude, you have way too much time!

knexinventions 49 (author)2014-06-22

3:21 some body pops up in the window :0

Matt428 (author)2013-02-13

so cool, but it is real and none of you can do much better this; so don't even doubt it. and none of you are even this good, so keep anything bad to your selves!!!

Tornado96 (author)Matt4282013-02-13

No one said anything bad. :P
Believe there are a lot out there that can do better than this.haha

Jag56 (author)2011-06-28

Inspiring! But dragon force Is not the best band. The guitar player is a frawd, because he speeds up his playing.

Tornado96 (author)Jag562011-06-30

not true. They just do it at some concerts. the Recorded version is the real thing! :-)

dude dragonforce is fake, if you listen to the record you can easily hear that that is sped up, and live they suck. still nice ballmachine

Jag56 (author)Tornado962011-07-13


Knex4Life23 (author)2012-08-04

haha thats azactly what i whoud do to my cat!

Knex4Life23 (author)Knex4Life232012-08-04

haha wrong vid =]

gassybeans (author)2012-06-26

i dont know if this is obvious, but you seem to have a lot of knex

Tornado96 (author)gassybeans2012-06-26

Thanks, gas!

Tornado96 (author)gassybeans2012-06-26

Thanks, gas!

RNB (author)2012-03-20

Do you have pictures from the new lifts in this one? I need some for the arch chain lift, conveyor belt lift and the reverse arm lift, to add them in the lift guide.

Tornado96 (author)RNB2012-03-23

Um if you can't find any good ones in here check the update on it. :) Once my exams are over I'll finish the ibles on em

danroy99 (author)2012-02-26

Dragon Force is epic! They're my favorite band! Through the Fire an Flames is one of my favorite songs too! (Great ball machine too by the way lol)

Tornado96 (author)danroy992012-02-26

haha thanks!

bnsfwarbonnet (author)2011-08-19

Through the Fire and Flames, Nice! :D

Tornado96 (author)bnsfwarbonnet2011-08-20

Yup! B)

rojo.balloon (author)2011-08-09

It would be cool if the path would lead the ball into the mouth of the dragon.:)

Tornado96 (author)rojo.balloon2011-08-10

That was the original plan but I like this version of the head better.

Purple Waffles (author)2011-05-09

I just noticed you changed the name from dragon jewel to dragon gem. :-)

Tornado96 (author)Purple Waffles2011-05-09

lol I did that a while ago! :-)

Purple Waffles (author)Tornado962011-07-28

new ball machine out!

martijnb95 (author)2011-07-11

Hey, i used the ball-pin thing idea to make a separator for the ball machine i'm working on. I hope it doesn't matter...

Tornado96 (author)martijnb952011-07-11

I think i knoew what you mean. It's completely fine. Just remember to give credit! :-D

martijnb95 (author)Tornado962011-07-12


Shaythegoon (author)2011-06-29

I just made it 5* :) awesome, do you know around about how many pieces you used. And where do you get the balls and the track from? thanks...

Tornado96 (author)Shaythegoon2011-06-30

um pieces... I estimate around 17 thousand... ish?

I get teh balls from big ball factory. Just look for it on Ebay.

Shaythegoon (author)Tornado962011-07-03

Nice, thanks i will...

knextremist (author)2011-07-01

can you post instructions for the dragon? Its my favorite part of the ball machine lol

Tornado96 (author)knextremist2011-07-01

This was taken down a minth ago. Sorry but I won't be ableto do that

Sorunome (author)2011-05-08

Looks cool from the pics! :) But as im on via phone i cant watch the vid at the moment....

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-08

You've missed the best part! MUAHAHA!

Sorunome (author)Tornado962011-05-09

WOW, that is EPIC! 5*s! Btw, which vid editing program did you use?

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-09

Windows movie maker windows 7! :-D

Sorunome (author)Tornado962011-05-10

Oh, lol, i'm just looking for a good movie editing program.....

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-10

Try AVS if you don't have windows. I've heard it's great!

Sorunome (author)Tornado962011-05-11

AVS is great, but the free version makes a stupit signal in the center, full version costs more than 100$... :(

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-12

I'm sure you can spare some k'nex :-P

Sorunome (author)Tornado962011-05-12

No man, I ran out of pieces! :(

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-12

Well that's a surprise. MAYBE if you stopped adding lifts... :-P

Sorunome (author)Tornado962011-05-13

hey, i'll just gonna add 2, one is already invented mostly! :P

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2011-05-13

How about you leave them for the next machine...

Shadowman39 (author)Tornado962011-05-14

He'll end up using all his ideas on this machine, and have none to make another. :-P

Tornado96 (author)Shadowman392011-05-14


RNB (author)Tornado962011-06-14

Oh! I've my plans ready for my Ball Machine, now just breaking everything up, sorting pieces and start building! It'll have at least 4 NEW lifts, and maybe 8 other ones :-)

Tornado96 (author)RNB2011-06-15

Well MY next big one will be better because it's Australian! :-D
BTW 2700th comment!

RNB (author)Tornado962011-06-15

YAY! And, BTW, Dutch RULES! :-P

Sorunome (author)RNB2011-06-15

no, Germany! :P

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