Introduction: Knex Ball Machine Lithium W/ Instructions

Picture of Knex Ball Machine Lithium W/ Instructions
               Introducing my ball machine Lithium. It has 2 lifts including Keggore1's car lift and ChassisDude98's Quarter Arm Lift. I have modified Keggore's car so that it can work on the thin and thick roller coaster track. If you want your car to have better grip than use the thick roller coaster track, but if you want it to turn easier use the thin roller coaster track. The angle I used is the steepest possible angle the car can climb.
              Lithium also has 6 tracks and 6 new elements. It also contains martb95's spiral panel stairs. All of the new elements (including martb95's spiral panel stairs) will be posted on my guide plus a few extras. So be sure to check it out.
              Lithium is the biggest project I've ever made instructions for, so if you have a question or are confused about something please leave a comment. If you like it please vote for it in the Toy Contest. Enjoy the video.  p.s. The first song is by me.

Step 1: Parts List

Picture of Parts List
If you don't know what part I'm talking about refer to the pictures.  p.s. On pieces exceeding the hundreds I can't guaranty an exact piece  count.

  • grey connectors 129
  • light grey connectors 77
  • red connectors 144
  • green connectors 116
  • orange connectors 61
  • yellow connectors 262
  • white connectors 40
  • purple connectors 232
  • blue connectors 124
  • orange roller coaster connectors 157
  • green roller coaster connectors 22
  • green rods 290
  • white rods 458
  • blue rods 287
  • yellow rods 345
  • red rods 180
  • grey rods 61
  • tan roller coaster rods 136
  • small bendy rod 1
  • large bendy rods 11
  • small triangle panel 6 or more
  • medium triangle panel 4
  • large triangle panel 6
  • small square panel 3
  • large square panel 1
Wheels, Tires, Gears, and Balls
  • medium wheels 8 or more
  • small thin wheels 12
  • small thin tires 8
  • small thick wheel and tire 1
  • small gears 4
  • medium gears 4
  • balls 2-5
  • chain link 15
  • blue hinge half 8
  • black hinge half 9
  • tan locking clip 23
  • blue clip 16
  • Y-clip 51
  • blue spacer 78
  • silver spacer 85
  • washer 4 or more
  • rubber bands 8 or more
  • roller coster tubing 27in(69 cm) X2
  • roller coster tubing 12'1"(3.7m)
  • roller coster tubing 14'1"(4.3 m)
  • total roller coaster tubing 28'5"(8.7 m)

Step 2: Building the Track

Picture of Building the Track

The track is what the cars will run on. The bottom turns are the ones that don't have the grey rod, the top ones do.

Step 3: Building the Support Towers

Picture of Building the Support Towers

The support towers will... uh... support the track. First you will build the left one. Then the right. And finally the middle.

Step 4: Attaching the Support Towers and Track

Picture of Attaching the Support Towers and Track

Step 5: Building and Attaching the Base

Picture of Building and Attaching the Base

Step 6: Building the Quarter Arm Lift

Picture of Building the Quarter Arm Lift

This lift was originally built by CassisDude98. I just modified it a little.

Step 7: Building the Support Tower and Loading Mechanism

Picture of Building the Support Tower and Loading Mechanism

My ball loader is a bit different then Keggore1's.

Step 8: Building the Ball Loader, Main Paving, and Basket Lifter

Picture of Building the Ball Loader, Main Paving, and Basket Lifter

Step 9: The Left Side

Picture of The Left Side

Both the left and right side contain 3 levels.

Step 10: The Right Side

Picture of The Right Side

The right side is almost the same as the left.

Step 11: Extra Supports

Picture of Extra Supports

Just a couple extra supports.

Step 12: The Top

Picture of The Top

Step 13: The Tunnel

Picture of The Tunnel

The green tunnel part is not a necessity. It just makes it look cool.

Step 14: Track 1

Picture of Track 1

Step 15: Track 2

Picture of Track 2

Step 16: Track 3

Picture of Track 3

Step 17: Track 4

Picture of Track 4

Step 18: Tracks 5 and 6

Picture of Tracks 5 and 6

Step 19: Attaching the Roller Coaster Tubing

Picture of Attaching the Roller Coaster Tubing

You can use thick or thin roller coaster track. You may have to trim it a little shorter once you put it on.

Step 20: Building the Cars

Picture of Building the Cars

You can build as many cars as you want. If your using the older boxier motors make sure you take off the battery covers and put some tape around it so the batteries won't fall out.

Step 21: All Done!

Picture of All Done!
Congratulations! Now that your all done throw some balls in it and have fun watching the cars pick them up and take them up the hill.
Remember to check my guide out for those new elements. Hope everything was clear enough.
KneXtreme :)


kevinandbelma (author)2017-03-17

Imade it! It was awsome.

random_builder (author)2016-12-29

I don't have enough pieces to make this, but I think that this is the best knex ball machine on instructables with instructions. Congrats on winning in the toy contest!

LindaP5 made it! (author)2015-08-06

We made it! Thank you for your instruction!

cnewall1 (author)2014-02-02

Hi! I'm excited and getting through building this. I would like a closer look at the lifting arm please, I don't know what's off the screen to the left of this picture. Or did I miss it?

KneXtreme (author)cnewall12014-02-02

Huh? That's odd. I guess I forgot about that. Do any of these help?

joshbuilder5 (author)2013-08-19

lol i see the knex stool in the back :P

KneXtreme (author)joshbuilder52013-08-22

You sure do ;-)

The KNex Weasel (author)2013-06-17

My only gripe with this is I already took that name once:

Otherwise, great ball machine.

www139 (author)2013-01-31

nice music thanks for the message!
and very creative!

knexinventions 49 (author)2012-03-25

my hill doesnt connect. any suggjustions?

Is it to short? Maybe could you give me a bit more of info on what is happening or post a picture?

oops, I didnt have any gold connecters or tubing:(

Knex4Life23 (author)2012-07-26

I like in the video how the car drop flips the car over =]

mr. 707 (author)2012-07-04

i dont have any of the golden connectors but would it still work if if just used yellow connectors

KneXtreme (author)mr. 7072012-07-05

Honestly, I don't know. I've never tried it.

knexinventions 49 (author)2012-03-25

are those tan coaster pieces bendable?

CassisDude98 (author)2012-03-22

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did you make instructions!!!!


KneXtreme (author)CassisDude982012-03-24

No problem.

CassisDude98 (author)2012-03-22

Smart invention!!!! (joke) 5 starts

sgirard1 (author)2012-03-08

What could i do if i don't have enough orange connector during the track part?

KneXtreme (author)sgirard12012-03-10

Make something like this for the straight parts.

Sorunome (author)2012-03-01

Congrats on being runner up on the toy challange! :)

KneXtreme (author)Sorunome2012-03-02

Thank you {:)

Sorunome (author)2012-02-29

Congrats on being in finalists in Toy Challenge! :)

KneXtreme (author)Sorunome2012-02-29

Thank you :)

dr. richtofen (author)2012-02-20

Great machine! Though I'd never be able to build this (way to less pieces)
Still, 5*!

KneXtreme (author)dr. richtofen2012-02-25

Thanks for the five stars.

dr. richtofen (author)KneXtreme2012-02-26

no problem

ekirsh (author)2012-02-25

This is insane!!! (In a good way :)

KneXtreme (author)ekirsh2012-02-25

Thank you. I like your pinball machine.

H1T4TCH1 (author)2012-02-23


albydesign (author)2012-02-22

WOW!! This is amazing! 5* I'm gonna build this as soon as i get some more of those orange roller coaster connectors. Great!

KneXtreme (author)albydesign2012-02-23

Thank you and have fun building :)

fredboekel (author)2012-02-21

I'm going to make your ball track I hope to make ready as him complete with pictures

KneXtreme (author)fredboekel2012-02-23

Cool! Can't wait to see it.

knexpert#10829476 (author)2012-02-21

This is so cool! I have been waiting for something like this, probable y the biggest instructable for ball machines! Great job!

Thank you.

mikeasaurus (author)2012-02-20

Nice pictures, video and write up! Featured!

KneXtreme (author)mikeasaurus2012-02-21

Thank you.

sathothy (author)2012-02-20

Thats awesome!

imans314 (author)2012-02-20

nice one!
I love the car system to start the machine

Sorunome (author)2012-02-20

Cool one!

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