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I started by trying to make a perpetual ball machine, but in the end I made lift/element hybrids. Eventually I made a ball machine where network 2 did not have any motors. Here's a guide to more of these!

If you have designed any lift/element hybrids, contact me and I'll add them!

Guide to all Knex Ball Machine elements: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Official-Guide-to-Knex-Ball-Machine-Elements/

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Step 1: Half-turn

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When no balls are on this hybrid, it has a particular orientation. When balls are added in the designated areas, this flips over raising one ball but the other is lowered even more. To make your own, copy the pictures. Note that the majority of it is double-layered.

Step 2: Quarter-turn

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Also acting as a path selector, the first ball tips a path which a second ball is stuck on, then the second ball raises and lands on the path above it. An example of hybrid is found in this ball machine.

Step 3: Bump

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A simple element where the counterweight of a ball arm includes a ball, which gets 'bumped' up when the ball arm is used. It usually only goes up 1 blue rod but is effective when your design goes wrong and the ball ends up a little lower than it should.

Step 4: Stepper Bumps

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If bumps were positioned above themselves, they would become the stepper lift, with long arms. To make this, copy the stepper lift then modify the top for ball arms.
Stepper lift instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Retrograde-Knex-Ball-Machine-InstructionsNot-My-/step5  

Hybrid explained in this ball machine: http://youtu.be/0Ovxg_NKhGo?t=23s

Step 5: Ratchet arm

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Another arm lift/element that uses an arm, but this one is attached via gears to a small wheel lift with the use of a ratchet. See the pictures 6-9 for ratchet instructions. The first picture is the original attempt, but not accurate. However, this picture does show almost all the mechanics.

Hybrid explanated: http://youtu.be/b3uP0bwDqPs?t=1m41s

Step 6: Quarter Arm

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Inspired by an element in Project Concatenate by Yardking, a ball goes on the arm at furthest leverage, pulling it down. A second ball then rolls onto the arm lower down while the arm resets, resulting in that ball raising.

Too see a video, click the link below.
Good idea to put them all in one place. Well done!
Nice guide! These elements look like a lot of fun to use.
hunter9991 year ago
Nice dude! You have to be very ingenious to make a network of lifts with no motors! :) Subscribed!
Sorunome1 year ago
Ha, another one of these guides, nice! :D