Introduction: Knex Ball Machine Element Infinity Switch

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Hi everyone,
this is a switch designd by yardking. Because his is just for golf balls I post here my version for knex balls. It works with modules. You'll have so many paths as you have modules plus one. Have fun with building it up and thanks again to yardking.

(Hope everything is spelled correctly, i'm German)

Step 1-8 are building the modules
Step 9 is building the modules together
Step 10 is building the hed
Step 11 is building the tail

Step 1: Back Frame

Picture of Back Frame

Step 2: Front Frame

Picture of Front Frame

Step 3: Rod of Mechamism

Picture of Rod of Mechamism

Step 4: Back Frame + Rod

Picture of Back Frame + Rod

Step 5: Back Frame + Mechamism

Picture of Back Frame + Mechamism

Step 6: Adding the Front Frame

Picture of Adding the Front Frame

Step 7: Connecting Rod

Picture of Connecting Rod

Step 8: Lower Frame

Picture of Lower Frame

This module is finished. if it doesn't work corectly you have to move the two white rods in ore out.

Step 9: Putting the Modules Together

Picture of Putting the Modules Together

Put the modules like this together.

Step 10: Head

Picture of Head

Step 11: Tail

Picture of Tail

Step 12: Finishing Statment

Picture of Finishing Statment

You've just build a new kind of switch!
If you have any problems be free to ask.


MTP27 (author)2016-12-23

I built it and when the ball rolls across it, it turns some of the other ones. How would I fix that?

2007KnexpertMan (author)2014-11-28

This is a really really cool element, I'm using it in my newest ball machine (which I'll hopefully post to my YouTube channel soon) and it's absolutely incredible how clever this is! XD Unfortunately the support structures on my machine are slightly tilted (due to bracing it between the door frames of out house cause I want to make it go all over our entire house without getting in the way) and that throws it off balance slightly, but that's nothing a little tweaking can't fix! Thank you for some very ingenius ideas! :D

Sorunome (author)2007KnexpertMan2014-11-29

Haha, thanks!

The idea wasn't mine though, it was yardkings, I just tweaked it for knex balls ;)

wde dijk (author)2013-05-17

ik snap er helemaal niks van
grapje hoor maar hij is bes goed ik gebruik hem zeker

(sorry kun jij ook nederlands?)

Sorunome (author)wde dijk2013-05-17

What are you saying? ^^ I'm german :P

dr. richtofen (author)Sorunome2013-05-19

"I don't get it at all.
Just kidding, it's pretty good, I'll use it for sure"
Something like that ^^

Sorunome (author)dr. richtofen2013-05-19

ah, thanks for translating :D
(btw, ponies are awesome (and i watched ponies since before you had your pony avatar))

Leigo Andre (author)Sorunome2014-11-13


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Leigo Andre (author)Sorunome2014-11-14

Lol.. No Sneak Peeks in the picture or anything :D

dr. richtofen (author)Sorunome2013-05-19

You're welcome :D
(And indeed. I started watching it in about middle~end 2012. Got my first mlp shirt last Wednesday :D )

Sorunome (author)dr. richtofen2013-05-19

ha, I started in the second quarter of 2012 :P
And I ahve my first mlp shirt since months and expecting another one in the mail soon :D

dr. richtofen (author)Sorunome2013-05-19

Cool :D I got mine printed (that FS 'yay' shirt, as they're nowhere available in Holland, as far as I know)

Sorunome (author)dr. richtofen2013-05-19

Ha, I got both of mine off redbubble, so also got 'em printed.
BTW, my favourite pony is Derpy, how about you? :D

dr. richtofen (author)Sorunome2013-05-20

Hmm, picking a favorite one is hard for me. I think Fluttershy, Vinyl Scratch or Octavia

wde dijk (author)Sorunome2013-05-19

nee dus

Miq313 (author)2013-08-15

For some reason this doesn't work. Can pls tell me why. Thanks.

www139 (author)Miq3132014-08-18

It's because you didn't raise up one side. He shows how to in the last pic

Sorunome (author)www1392014-08-18

I know that i got the instructions somewhere messed up a bit :P

www139 (author)Sorunome2014-08-18

Nope! I built it and it works!!

Sorunome (author)www1392014-08-18

yay! :D

Sorunome (author)Miq3132013-08-25

wait, somehow you accedently let the ball come in fromt he wrong side i think.....

www139 (author)2014-08-18

I built it!!!!! :P

Sorunome (author)www1392014-08-18

yay! :D

www139 (author)Sorunome2014-08-18


rrobinson1999 (author)2014-08-17

awesome switch! I just made one with 20 path dividers.

Sorunome (author)rrobinson19992014-08-17

Haha, sweat!

www139 (author)2014-07-10

Question: what tubing do you think is best for building a knex ball machine?

Sorunome (author)www1392014-07-10

It doesn't really matter, I personally prefer the roller coaster tubing (thicker) one, though, but I still use the orange tubing (thinner) which knex meant for ball machines as I have way more of it.

Miq313 (author)2013-08-15

Is this part mandatory in step 1

Sorunome (author)Miq3132013-08-25

yes, that is a key element of the switch so that it only has two main positions.

dickheijboer (author)2013-05-20

It's difficult to build in, but I like the system!

Sorunome (author)dickheijboer2013-05-21

Ha, once you get it it isn't that hard at all, it fits perfectly in a width of a blue box (which i didn't notice until i bould Dystopia >.< ), but thanks! :D

dickheijboer (author)Sorunome2013-05-23

Yeah, if you get it.. :-D

cooljupjup (author)2013-01-27

nice! i think i`am going to use this in my ballmachine (The Demonator)!

Sorunome (author)cooljupjup2013-01-27

Awesome! Thanks!

Knex2thelimit (author)2012-12-18

Cool! I'm using this in my first ball machine called Sub-Zero!

Sorunome (author)Knex2thelimit2012-12-18

Awesome! Thanks!

knexpert#10829476 (author)2011-12-07

It's difficult to attach to a ball machine.

Yeah, well, it's kind of ok, as you can insert the yellow rods at the top into blue boxes, and you can also support it with the ankles. It's similar to attaching normal track, just it's a bit heavier.

Dumchicken (author)2011-04-25

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Sorunome (author)Dumchicken2011-04-26

I guess you like it?

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KnexFreak360 (author)2011-02-21

thats AWESOME!!!

Sorunome (author)KnexFreak3602011-02-22

Thanks a lot!

Tornado96 (author)2010-08-27

You do know that you can put more than one picture per step right?

Sorunome (author)Tornado962010-08-28

Yes, I know it. I used it als some times. But i wanted to have more then 1 step.

Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2010-08-28

I'm just saying that you could've made about 6 steps instead of twelve. Also, do you think you could give us a piece count?

Sorunome (author)Tornado962010-08-29

It's different wich one you'll build, because of the modules.

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