Introduction: K'netic Energy - K'nex Ball Machine

This is K'netic Energy, and largest and most complex K'nex Ball Machine to date!


To see a video of one ball going through each path, click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS8Upr...

Here are some statistics about the machine:
- over 25 000 pieces
-5 lifts
-4 motors
-16 balls
-20 different paths
-6 months of construction

This machine also featured some new element designs as well. Some examples are the 2 way bridge over the door, the free-fall lift, the free-fall path with large yellow gears, and the trap doors.

An interesting fact about the machine; near the end of construction, carpenters came to redo my floor. As a result, I had to disassemble the entire machine in small chunks, and move it to my basement until the floor was done. Afterwards, I had to re-assemble and -realign all 28 sections that had been taken apart. The finished product looked exactly like before, luckily, and with no damage.                                                                                                                                                                                                        


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EliteKnex101 made it! (author)2014-02-05

Not that big.. :/ but its really cool I have a 50000+ pce one

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2014-02-05

Oh really?

Prove it.

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hunter999 made it! (author)hunter9992014-02-09

+1

I highly doubt he has. I mean he has not posted any 'Ibles to indicate he has that many pieces and he only joined 4 days ago...

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2014-02-12

He may have that many pieces, as he has already recreated Shadowman's Skeeball Machine.

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hunter999 made it! (author)hunter9992014-02-15

Hehe! Yep he sure did

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Yeah, he probably got the picture off Google or something

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lyodmichael made it! (author)2014-07-02

CooL !

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)2014-03-16

͜͜

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TheUnfortunateHobbit made it! (author)2013-10-10

I want that for my room now...

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turdus_migratus made it! (author)turdus_migratus2013-10-20

me too :D

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-10-20

I have it for my room :p

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www139 made it! (author)www1392014-02-09

aaaawwwwwww!!!

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knexiskool made it! (author)2013-11-29

cooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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waggy101 made it! (author)2013-11-27

Thats HUGE

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jmiester made it! (author)2013-11-01

According to your comment below, I'm about your age, and Goddamn I wish I had that much K'nex...
I'm moving soon, so HOPEFULLY my parents will let me do something like this :)

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光辉一月,重复十月。 made it! (author)2013-11-14

I want to say that I can not type comment anymore !Because I am foreigner...

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www139 made it! (author)2013-11-11

I'm soooooooo subbing!!!!!!

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www139 made it! (author)2013-11-11

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Raul53 made it! (author)2013-11-08

You play too much with k'nex don't you

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turdus_migratus made it! (author)2013-10-19

coolest thing i have ever seen done with k'nex. nice job

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-10-20

Thanks :)

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turdus_migratus made it! (author)2013-10-20

Genious!!!

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turdus_migratus made it! (author)2013-10-20

genious!!!!!!!!!!

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Adam Beaver made it! (author)2013-10-13

Great mechanism! As a bit of a Friday treat, I showed 5 elementary classes your video, and it was a big hit :D Thanks for putting your ingenuity out there for the countless ways it can open eyes and inspire people! Adam

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-10-15

I'm glad they liked it! :) Thanks

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MisterBukweet made it! (author)2013-10-06

Awesome Machine... though I am epicly jealous... I wish I had that many pieces...

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hawk45 made it! (author)2013-10-01

friken awesome!

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codongolev made it! (author)2013-09-24

When people say that you have too much time on your hands, just say you were practicing spatial reasoning and creative design. Then ask about their video game/tv habits.

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-25

Haha, thanks.

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knexpert#10829476 made it! (author)2013-09-24

WHOA!! That thing is awesome!!!

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KneXtreme made it! (author)2013-09-21

Nice job!

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CrayfishYAY made it! (author)2013-09-18

So were you the only 1 who did all of this? Or did you have someone else help you?

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-19

No, it was just me. Some friends do help sometimes but they just do small parts.

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Lindie made it! (author)2013-09-19

Wow! This is soooo cool! And your filming of it was great! How long did this take?

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-19

Thanks. It took 6 months to build.

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ThePuzzler made it! (author)2013-09-19

Whoa dude... That is awesome.

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El Mano made it! (author)2013-09-19

That easily has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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Tazo made it! (author)2013-09-18

One of the coolest things i have seen!!!

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blomeclown made it! (author)2013-09-18

Why do some people have this childish fascination with rubber balls rolling across plastic ramps, down plastic spirals, up plastic elevators leading to moving ramps...............
Hang on ... video just ended ... have to restart it ... must watch it again ... and again ... and again ...
That is so neat-----

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omnistructable made it! (author)2013-09-18

Awesome! How old are you?

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-18

I'm 16 turning 17 in not long.

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mwacuff made it! (author)2013-09-18

Nice! Like others commenting here, I'd like to know more about the construction. We would like you to expand upon this Instructable.

Speaking for myself, I'd like to know the construction details of each lift; how it's powered, the supporting framework, and detailed photos. How do you design the various helices and loops?

I think it's obvious that you didn't buy all the K'nex pieces in a single kit. So which K'nex kits did you buy to make up this project?

I think everyone here would love to know more! Thanks!

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-18

Look at my post about construction.

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)2013-09-18

Since a lot of people are asking about the construction: I do have construction pictures and videos taken at certain points of the construction of the machine. However, these pictures and videos are not the best quality as I used my iPad to take most of the pictures (before I got the new camera). If you guys don't mind this, I have no problem posting a detailed construction Instructable.

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fx8 made it! (author)2013-09-18

is awesome and big :D great idea your fantasy.... wow i can't say anything else

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Saad 2715 made it! (author)2013-09-18

The coolest homemade structure, I have ever seen in my life

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evilmadcow made it! (author)2013-09-18

somebody had a looong weekend.

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lumi3005 made it! (author)2013-09-17

I already commented it in Youtube but again...respect about that awesome machine. 25k pieces, did you get a special discount from Knex???

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koolcoasterkid made it! (author)koolcoasterkid2013-09-18

No, but I wish I got a discount. :p

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