Introduction: KneXtreme's Official Guide to Ball Machine Elements

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Greetings all you fellow knexers.
      This is my official guide to all my ball machine elements. From now on (when I make a new ball machine or a new element) they will be posted here.  Keep checking back now and then for new elements. If you have not seen any of my ball machines here they are. Enjoy.

Step 1: Tire Stairs

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This is a variation of one of Thilbault Art's element in his ball machine Route 66

Step 2: Custom Paving

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Step 3: Side Winder

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This is a variation of one of Yardking42's elements in his ball machine Arcane

Step 4: Chain Path

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Step 5: Vertical Panel Zig-Zag

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Step 6: Ball Arms

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Step 7: Gear Hills

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Step 8: Ferris Wheels

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Here is the piece count for the big ferris wheel.

Red rod: 1
Gray rods: 64
Yellow rods: 64
White rods: 128
Yellow connectors: 64
Red connectors: 64
Orange connectors: 64
Green connectors: 2
Silver spacers: 4

Step 9: Smooth Paving

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The paving is from the Down Hill Thrill or the Real Bridge Building sets. I used this paving in my ball machine Boron and my failed ball machine.

Step 10: Spinning Circles

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There are two different circles. The one on the left is the kicking circle, which kicks the ball as it exits. The other one is the dropping circle, which lets the ball just fall through.

Step 11: Vertical Clickers

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Step 12: Panel Stairs

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Step 13: Panel Drop

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Step 14: Spiral Stairs

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Step 15: Flat Clickers

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The clickers are actually the clamps from the knex electronic arcade set.

Step 16: The Flippin' Wheel

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Thanks to poncho531 for the name.

Step 17: Bendy Paving

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Step 18: Mini Roller Coaster Track

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 Finally! Something to use all that mini roller coaster track for, that is if you have a lot Y-clips. Turns are possible but are very hard to make.

Step 19: Sharp Corner

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This is not a new element but it is a nice way to make a sharp corner.

Step 20: Half Loop

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Step 21: Panel Paving

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Step 22: Motorcycle Elements

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This is for all you ball machine builders who don't know what to do with all those motorcycle parts.

Step 23: Simple Stairs

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Step 24: Orange Paving

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The ball rolls in between the orange bumps.

Step 25: Dual Paving

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     There are two ways to build this. Version one is using the red tubing as guard rails and version two is using the bendy rods as guard rails. Both versions work well but version one is a little more smooth.

Step 26: Spiral Bowls

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Pictures 5 though 12 and 20 though 23 of the first bowl show each section going counterclockwise.

Step 27: Spiral Panel Stairs

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This element was originally designed by martb95.

Step 28: Obstacle Path

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This element was originally designed by martb95.

Step 29: Jungle Bridges

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Step 30: Gear and Panel Maze

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I got this idea after watching nschmal1's ball machine The Prize

Step 31: Vertical Panel Pinwheels

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Step 32: Zig-Zag

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This element only works with the original balls.

Step 33: Panel Cage

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Step 34: Roller Coaster Paving

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Step 35: Bezempje95's Path Selector

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Step 36: Horizontal Path Selector

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Step 37: Convex Path Selector

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Step 38: Roller Coaster Slope

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Step 39: Muti Connector Bridge

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Step 40: The End

Well, that's it. Remember to keep checking back for updates. Also if you have any questions please comment. Enjoy :)


The Knex Inventor (author)2016-06-04

Awesome guide! I will try to incorperate some of these elements in my next ball machine.

knex crazy (author)2014-07-27

Grate indestructible will haft to use some of them

Linkin_J_Knex (author)knex crazy2016-01-08

"indestructible" xD

knex crazy (author)2015-09-07

doesn't this work a lot better for the micro track?

www139 (author)knex crazy2016-01-06

I think he made it this way so then you can use the classic pieces with the micro track. ;)

augustuss (author)2015-08-17

can you use blue rods for the spiral bowls?

knex crazy (author)2014-07-27

can you post a video of number 10: working or what time in what vid

www139 (author)knex crazy2015-03-23

It's on platinum I think path 7 but I'm not sure...

koolcoasterkid (author)2013-10-01

Great elements! I'll have to use some.

dickheijboer (author)2013-06-20

This is one of the best guides!
There are many elements of this guide in my next ball machine! By example step 1... Thanks!

KneXtreme (author)dickheijboer2013-06-23

Thank you. Cool! Can't wait to see it. Ball machines are my favorite thing to build.

dickheijboer (author)KneXtreme2013-06-23

Thanks! Me to!

knexpert#10829476 (author)2013-05-29

Awesome guide! I am using a few of these so I will give you credit on my work:)

I LOVE THIS GUIDE!!!!! Amazing!

Thanks man. Keep it up with your ball machines. I like 'em.

Thanks! So far I've just been "testing the waters" with only other people's's time for me to start inventing my own elements!

No prop. Good luck designing elements. I'm interested to see what you come up with. Most of the time I just make a new version of a older element. Like a ferris wheel, stairs, or ball arm. Other times I base my elements off of other peoples elements. Like the gear/panel maze or the panel stairs. Hopefully this helps a little with designing new elements.

Thanks, I think it will. One reason I like your guide so much is that it uses odd pieces in cool ways. For example, I never seem to be able to find ways to use my panel pieces...and your guide is the only one so far that has several ways to use these otherwise dust-collecting pieces. Once again, great job!

I have a lot of panels, wheels, and gears so I always try to make elements out of them.

I like the element updates from Oxygen. I like them a lot! ;-D

Thank you.

I may use some, if that's okay. (Always credit, of course!)

sandroknexmaster (author)2013-03-24

The new elements are cool. I like the Side Winder and the Tire Stairs from Thibaultisthebest (Route 66 is great BTW)

Thanks. I agree. Thibaultisthebest makes awesome ball machines.

I allready asked him to make an account here, but he didn't I don't know why.
He lives about 20 kilometres from me :)

www139 (author)2012-10-06

nice work! you helped me with my path deviders!

KneXtreme (author)www1392012-10-06

Thanks. I'm glad I could help.

www139 (author)2012-10-03

wow thats cool

www139 (author)2012-10-03


TechKitteh (author)2012-08-16

Why does this step have no name :P?

KneXtreme (author)TechKitteh2012-08-16

Thank you for pointing that out. I guess I forgot.

TechKitteh (author)KneXtreme2012-08-16

Now I think that people can figure out what it is now.

TechKitteh (author)2012-08-11

I love the coaster spiral stairs,it's very usefull for me since I don't build roller coasters. So I can finally use pieces from my 2 Rippin' Rocket sets I got from my local GoodWill.

KneXtreme (author)TechKitteh2012-08-11

Thanks. So I take it that your building a ball machine.

ked1997 (author)2012-08-09

No, I have a slow computer and sometimes it lags, and i click enter multiple times when that happens...i feel stupid.

ked1997 (author)2012-08-06

When i ever get enough knex...I need to use all of these for a massive epic ball machine.

KneXtreme (author)ked19972012-08-07

Cool! Why did you repeat yourself 6 times? Making shure I saw this comment huh?

ked1997 (author)2012-08-06

Pure insanity.

sandroknexmaster (author)2012-06-23

Great guide! I'm sure I'm gonna use some of those elements!

Orangeprofessor (author)2012-04-03

What type of wood are your floors made of

They're actually not real wood. They're a laminate made to look like wood. It's called Pioneer Laminate Flooring.

Purple Waffles (author)2011-11-29

I love this thing! :D

knexpert#10829476 (author)2011-11-28

Thank you! These are awesome elements! I like the very last one, the high tech path selector how it resets itself, so genuine! You should send some projects into knex headquarters and give them ideas for a ball machine product! ; )

knexpert#10829476 (author)2011-11-28

Thank you! These are awesome elements!

Puddock (author)2011-11-27

Thanks for the advice KnexXtreme.

PotatoCoffee (author)2011-11-27

This is awsome! Thanks for sharing!

KneXtreme (author)PotatoCoffee2011-11-27

Your welcome.

martijnb95 (author)2011-11-24

This is one of the coolest elements i've seen from you

KneXtreme (author)martijnb952011-11-25

Thanks! I really like it myself. Your corkscrew loop is pretty cool too.

poncho531 (author)2011-11-23

Maybe "The Flippin' Wheel?"

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