Introduction: KneXtreme's Official Guide to Ball Machine Elements

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

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

Step 2: Custom Paving

Step 3: Side Winder

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

Step 4: Chain Path

Step 5: Vertical Panel Zig-Zag

Step 6: Ball Arms

Step 7: Gear Hills

Step 8: Ferris Wheels

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

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

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

Step 12: Panel Stairs

Step 13: Panel Drop

Step 14: Spiral Stairs

Step 15: Flat Clickers

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

Step 16: The Flippin' Wheel

Thanks to poncho531 for the name.

Step 17: Bendy Paving

Step 18: Mini Roller Coaster Track

 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

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

Step 20: Half Loop

Step 21: Panel Paving

Step 22: Motorcycle Elements

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

Step 23: Simple Stairs

Step 24: Orange Paving

The ball rolls in between the orange bumps.

Step 25: Dual Paving

     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

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

Step 27: Spiral Panel Stairs

This element was originally designed by martb95.

Step 28: Obstacle Path

This element was originally designed by martb95.

Step 29: Jungle Bridges

Step 30: Gear and Panel Maze

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

Step 31: Vertical Panel Pinwheels

Step 32: Zig-Zag

This element only works with the original balls.

Step 33: Panel Cage

Step 34: Roller Coaster Paving

Step 35: Bezempje95's Path Selector

Step 36: Horizontal Path Selector

Step 37: Convex Path Selector

Step 38: Roller Coaster Slope

Step 39: Muti Connector Bridge

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 made it!(author)2016-06-04

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

knex+crazy made it!(author)2014-07-27

Grate indestructible will haft to use some of them

Linkin_J_Knex made it!(author)2016-01-08

"indestructible" xD

knex+crazy made it!(author)2015-09-07

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

www139 made it!(author)2016-01-06

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

augustuss made it!(author)2015-08-17

can you use blue rods for the spiral bowls?

knex+crazy made it!(author)2014-07-27

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

www139 made it!(author)2015-03-23

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

koolcoasterkid made it!(author)2013-10-01

Great elements! I'll have to use some.

dickheijboer made it!(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 made it!(author)2013-06-23

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

dickheijboer made it!(author)2013-06-23

Thanks! Me to!

knexpert%2310829476 made it!(author)2013-05-29

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

MechanicalCreationMaster made it!(author)2012-07-26

I LOVE THIS GUIDE!!!!! Amazing!

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-07-30

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

MechanicalCreationMaster made it!(author)2012-07-30

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!

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-07-31

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.

MechanicalCreationMaster made it!(author)2012-07-31

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!

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-08-02

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

MechanicalCreationMaster made it!(author)2013-05-18

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

KneXtreme made it!(author)2013-05-19

Thank you.

MechanicalCreationMaster made it!(author)2013-05-18

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

sandroknexmaster made it!(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)

KneXtreme made it!(author)2013-03-24

Thanks. I agree. Thibaultisthebest makes awesome ball machines.

sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-03-24

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 made it!(author)2012-10-06

nice work! you helped me with my path deviders!

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-10-06

Thanks. I'm glad I could help.

www139 made it!(author)2012-10-03

wow thats cool

www139 made it!(author)2012-10-03


TechKitteh made it!(author)2012-08-16

Why does this step have no name :P?

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-08-16

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

TechKitteh made it!(author)2012-08-16

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

TechKitteh made it!(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 made it!(author)2012-08-11

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

ked1997 made it!(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 made it!(author)2012-08-06

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

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-08-07

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

ked1997 made it!(author)2012-08-06

Pure insanity.

sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2012-06-23

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

Orangeprofessor made it!(author)2012-04-03

What type of wood are your floors made of

KneXtreme made it!(author)2012-04-04

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

Purple+Waffles made it!(author)2011-11-29

I love this thing! :D

knexpert%2310829476 made it!(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%2310829476 made it!(author)2011-11-28

Thank you! These are awesome elements!

Puddock made it!(author)2011-11-27

Thanks for the advice KnexXtreme.

PotatoCoffee made it!(author)2011-11-27

This is awsome! Thanks for sharing!

KneXtreme made it!(author)2011-11-27

Your welcome.

martijnb95 made it!(author)2011-11-24

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

KneXtreme made it!(author)2011-11-25

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

poncho531 made it!(author)2011-11-23

Maybe "The Flippin' Wheel?"

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