Introduction: ECLIPSE, an Upcoming Knex Ball Machine.

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Hello everybody and welcome to my Instructables page,

I am here with a few pictures of wich is probably going to be my biggest and most edvanced Knex ball machine: ECLIPSE. The pictures that you see now is only a part of the machine, because it's only about 65% completed. At this time it hase 2 new separators, 3 different transmissions , 21 new elements and 6 new lifts wich contains a full automatic arm lift that works like a cnc robot. When the machine will be ready it will have about 50,000 pieces. I hope this machine will be ready this summer. I would be super happy if you give me youre vote for this years K'nex and Move IT contest ;).

Thanks for watching!

Thibault Art.


FanPlastic (author)2016-03-08

Can't wait!

knex akbar (author)2015-08-18


Yes I will give you credit :^)

knex akbar (author)2015-08-06

are you almost done with this? i cant wait to see some of the new lifts and elemnts

Thibault Art (author)knex akbar2015-08-15

Well, the bad news is that it will probably not be finished this summer. But the good news is that I'm going to make an update to apologize for the delay :).

knex akbar (author)Thibault Art2015-08-15

AWESOME! take all your time, this is going to be worth the wait. I've watched the exception so many times already, and i know that this is going to be even better.

btw in the 4th picture there is your head element shaped like a bunny, can you show some more pictures of it so i can build it for my machine? i don't really need instructions but some close up pictures would be nice

Thibault Art (author)2015-07-25

Thanks! Once I start building it continues until the end of the day. But I only build +- 4 days in a week. So maybe I have a lot of free time :). It's true that I allready had most of the pcs, but orders are still being made when really needed. How is it going with your machine?

NorthernF (author)Thibault Art2015-08-04

Ah I see I don't have very much free time which is why I think I take so long to build :) Yh sometimes I don't build for months then I have a couple days free when I can work on it. I see with my ball machine I aimed to have it use around 50,000 pcs but I knew I didn't have nearly enough pcs so I have to wait around a lot when I run out :) My machine is about 50% complete now most of the elements are new and at the moment I think I have enough pcs to last me the summer after that I'll have to order more :)

NorthernF (author)2015-07-20

Thibault, how do you build so fast do you have a set amount of time each day to work on the machine and did you have most of the pieces for this machine already so you didn't have to wait for it to be delivered? Its looking amazing though I can't wait to see it all, I like the sideways version of the zigzag element in the pictures ;)

15knexLaz (author)2015-05-29

This is so beautifull, looking forward to see the main video.

Are you going to use all your pieces?

(I saw that in the comments)

Thibault Art (author)15knexLaz2015-06-26

Thanks!! Yes, I am planning to put every single piece in it. However there will still be a few pieces that won't fit in the ball machine anymore. But I am going to do my best :). (Sorry for the late response.)

15knexLaz (author)Thibault Art2015-07-15

nice, I saw your next project is also getting extremely big already.
When will the video be on youtube?

Thibault Art (author)15knexLaz2015-07-17

Well, the machine is about 80% completed. And there are still pcs on the way to Belgium for the machine. And my pc is really slow and malfunctioning for the last few months. So I don't even know if it will be ready for this summer. But if I don't make it I will make an update instead :).

15knexLaz (author)Thibault Art2015-07-17

80% already? wow, you are building faster then me, I'm about half way in three quart year now. Well, I'm looking forward to see the result of your ball machine (:

Thibault Art (author)15knexLaz2015-07-18

Thanks. I'm also looking forward to your machine. :D

15knexLaz (author)Thibault Art2015-06-26

Nice, I'm also planning to put all my pieces in my ball machine
I counted them all and the total is now 95000.
The pieces I will have left will be for decoration in the ball machine.
(perhaps an idea for you as well :)

Thibault Art (author)15knexLaz2015-07-15

95 000 pcs!? wow! And that is indeed a really good idea to use the last pcs as decoration. I'm probably going to do the same thing.

www139 (author)2015-06-13

nice job! You won!

Gargamel-Knex (author)2015-05-31

WooaaaW ! Congratulations ! You are a finalist ;)

ashleyjlong (author)2015-05-30

WOW! I haven't seen K'nex since I was a kid and those were all table top objects. This thing is mind blowing!

Knex2thelimit (author)2015-05-30

Congrats on being selected as a finalist!

knex crazy (author)2015-05-11

Does anyone know where I can get a cyborg K'Nex system cheep?

coolblaze19 (author)2015-04-15

Dude this is awesome I'd love to build something like this but I just do have the money to blow on knex

knex crazy (author)coolblaze192015-05-11

I get all mine at grage sails I get like a hole skreaming serpent for $10

Thibault Art (author)coolblaze192015-04-16

Thanks. Yes, it's hard to find the classic knex pieces too. Especially now because of the micro knex.

Sorunome (author)Thibault Art2015-04-26

There's also KUG but they'r not exactly cheap... >.<

ZacharyK1 (author)Thibault Art2015-04-24

Four letters: EBAY

Dreamwave (author)2015-04-20

"oh, you know it's just a hobby... I mean when you have a couple quadrillion knex in your basement you figure you might as well try and use every single one of them in one big machine"

Thibault Art (author)Dreamwave2015-05-03

That is exactly what I'm going to do this year. But getting every single piece in one machine is going to be a challenge.

hunter999 (author)2015-04-25

This is mindblowing work! Despite it not yet complete, it looks to be reaching 'Metropolis' standards! Voted for you.

Why isn't this featured?

Thibault Art (author)hunter9992015-05-03

Thank you for voting! :) Nice to see that you compare my machine with Metropolis.

ZacharyK1 (author)2015-04-23

That's about 20,000 dollars worth of KNEX....

sandroknexmaster (author)2015-04-18

The fact that you say this is going to be your biggest and most advanced ball machine yet makes me very excited! I have a lot of expectations now ;D (I can tell from the pictures alone already that my expectations will be fulfilled) Can't wait to see the final machine!

Thanks. Are you going to participate with the Knex Contest? That would be great :).

If I can finish it in time. I have my doubts though.

mariska cirk (author)2015-04-19

you rock thibault!!!!


sonic broom (author)2015-04-16

This is very impressive! How does the CNC robot arm work? is it Cyber KNEX?

Thibault Art (author)sonic broom2015-04-16

Thanks. There is a part of the transmission that works with Cyber motors. There is another classic knex motor that pushes every button on the right moment of 2 different Cyber motors fixed on the arm lift.

sonic broom (author)Thibault Art2015-04-16

Thanks where you featured on

Thibault Art (author)sonic broom2015-04-19

Yes. In april 2014.

martijnb95 (author)2015-04-16

interesting use of cross ties on the third pic, those come finally to some use

Thibault Art (author)martijnb952015-04-19

Thanks. Yes, I was searching for new possibilities so that I can use those pieces.

knex akbar (author)2015-04-16

when I saw the thumbnail... DAMN

Can't wait till this thing is done!

Thibault Art (author)knex akbar2015-04-19


knepic (author)2015-04-16

i wish you good luck in the k'nex contest!!

Thibault Art (author)knepic 2015-04-19


knepic (author)2015-04-16


Sorunome (author)2015-04-15

THAT lift with the tube and chain....I tried to make a lift on the same principle four years ago but failed! Well, I tried to get the ball to align onto the chain, the tube is a very neat idea around that! I love it! (I also love the whole thing ^.^)

Thibault Art (author)Sorunome2015-04-16

Thanks. I know the frustration when something is not working. But your ball machine Dysphoria looks verry promising:).

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