Introduction: Knex Ball Machine ECLIPSE

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to my Instructable page where i show you my latest creation. For the last 19 months I've been building my biggest Knex Ball Machine to this date. It contains 16 separators, 8 lifts, 17 paths, 12 motors and 41 new elements ready to be posted on instructables so you can build them as well.

For this ball machine i decited to build a very basic floor with no tunnels, no moving parts or whats so ever. But for the lifts i decited to think out of the box and thats how i found several cool lifts like the Double Ring Lift. This lift has 2 large rings that turns and goes up and down at the same time which makes it really cool to look at. There's also a lift that works as a robot thanks to what is called "Cyber Knex". For everybody that doesn't know what Cyber Knex is, Cyber Knex allows you to make knex constructions move like a robot by programing the motors to do the movements you want them to make. But the problem was that i didn't have the material to program anything, so i made a transmission that controlled the buttons of the motors, which makes it a perfect running robot without any programs.

The main separator is a remake of my previous seperator which i used in my previous knex ball machine (The Exception) but with a much cleaner and more compact design.

But the biggest part of this ball machine are the elements. On this machine you will find a lot of cool elements like a giant buzz saw element, weird loopings and a lot more!

If your intrested you can always watch the video that you can find above, I'm sure you'll like it :).

Thanks for your time,

Thibault Art.


koolcoasterkid (author)2016-09-14

Wow, great job, can't wait until the next one!

The Knex Inventor (author)2016-06-05

Great job! This is HUGE!

Thanks :)

You're welcome!

www139 (author)2016-04-17

Beautiful ball machine! All the new elements are awesome and just has a beautiful flow to it. Well done!

Thibault Art (author)www1392016-07-08

Thanks :)

www139 (author)Thibault Art2016-07-09

You're welcome! :)

JM1999 (author)2016-07-02

Absolutely amazing!! I've been waiting for this to come out and I thought you'd given up on it! Obviously not!

Good job!

Thibault Art (author)JM19992016-07-08


FanPlastic (author)2016-04-24

Good job

Thibault Art (author)FanPlastic2016-07-08


FrankenPaper (author)2016-04-17

I think need more k'nex! XD

Don't hesitate, you can never have too much pieces. :)

JulianAzz (author)2016-04-13

Well done for the dedication of time you put in it!

Thibault Art (author)JulianAzz2016-07-08


Netchman (author)2016-04-09

This machine is incredible. In terms of new ideas and innovations, this is soundly the best ball machine ever. Are you going to do any Instructables of the elements/separators/lifts? I'd love to build some of your elements.

Thibault Art (author)Netchman2016-04-09

Thank you :). Yes every new element and separator will come on Instructables. I'm just not going to put every new lift on Instructables because even if you build it perfectly, you still have to be Lucky that it works. but everything else will be there :)

Netchman (author)Thibault Art2016-04-09

Thanks! Every time you post a new video, I get a strong urge to start building again, and I'm sure others do too. You're an inspiration to other ball machine builders!

Thibault Art (author)Netchman2016-04-12

Its always nice to see that i inspire other people! This is one of the reasons why i make videos :D.

KathleenC36 (author)2016-04-09

WOW! Very ingenious!

Thibault Art (author)KathleenC362016-04-12

Thank you!

Thibault Art (author)KathleenC362016-04-12

Thank you!

chipper35 (author)2016-04-11

This is so great, it's scary!!

Thibault Art (author)chipper352016-04-12

Haha thanks!

sandroknexmaster (author)2016-04-10

A masterpiece. After all those years of amazing knex ball machines from all over the world, it makes me truly happy to see that it is still possible to come up with something as beautiful as this. What a ball machine!

GWorks (author)2016-04-09

The only criticism that I have is that the music in your video from 1:00 to 1:30 (And similar pieces later in the video) really hurts my ears... It's mixed terrible (That's not your fault) and almost made me stop watching the video, which is a shame -> Because there are certainly many interesting movements going on! I'll vote for it in the contest.
I love the trampolines from 7:46, And wtf! 9:12, that one is really, wow, brilliant. The lift at 10:55 I like :) That... "thing" at 14:30 looks mesmerizing :P
By the way, I'm really interested in the Cyber Knex robot, as I also have these sets, could you give more details about that? I haven't seen it come back in the video so I'm really curious how you controlled it mechanically as you say in the instructable text!

Thibault Art (author)GWorks2016-04-09

Yes i can understand that this video isnt intended for everybody because of the loud music. I wanted to make sure that the video was really entertaining but I appreciate your opinion :). Thanks for the vote it means a lot! Haha yh the element at 14:30 was definitely the most complicated one. I will absolutely make more videos where i show every detail of all the lifts. But I won't put instructions for that and the lift at 10:55.

knex akbar (author)Thibault Art2016-04-09

i agree about the music, it's pretty bad, sorry.

the music you used in your teaser, that was nice.

maybe use something like that in your next one?

GWorks (author)Thibault Art2016-04-09

I can understand your point as well, most of your viewers will like the audio. (and you can always turn it off, but it takes away some of the video though) To me it just really húrts my ear drums (wether or not I like the music is not the point, it hurts)
Ah, the rolling lift is not so difficult. As long as you show the Cyber Knex controls. Then I'm happy :)

NorthernF (author)2016-04-09

I love all the pictures so many good ideas defo inspired me again to keep building I'm so happy its all here I was surprised to see the elements that used the fans to slow the descent of the ball I had not seen those before :D

Thibault Art (author)NorthernF2016-04-09

Thanks nice to hear i inspired you again :). I'm curious to see your bm as well! Yh it was a good solution to make everything work more smoothly. :D

knex akbar (author)2016-04-09

that lift at 14:50 O.o
i haven't touched my knex for almost a year now, if you post some instructions i might get back to it

Thibault Art (author)knex akbar2016-04-09

Thanks :D. yes Instructions will come soon.

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2016-04-08

Oh. My. Freaking. God. You just made my ball machine in progress look like a pile of rubbish! XD. Voted. This is stunning!!!

Haha thanks:D Don't worry I'm sure your bm will be amazing as well :).

Thank you :)

The Juliart (author)2016-04-08


Thibault Art (author)The Juliart2016-04-09

Thanks :D.

Lucas The Boss (author)2016-04-08

This is what the community needs, this is simply outstanding! I wish i had the parts to build a ball machine, they look very fun to build.

Thanks :). Yes they are very fun to build (if it doesnt take too long) :D.

NorthernF (author)2016-04-09

I love all the pictures so many good ideas defo inspired me again to keep building I'm so happy its all here I was surprised to see the elements that used the fans to slow the descent of the ball I had not seen those before :D

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