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Knex Ball Machine: Paradox

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My long expected big ball machine has finally arrived!

Hi everyone!

Here is my 4th big ball machine, Paradox.
I’m very proud of this build and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.
It has 10 lifts and 11 paths, organized in 2 networks:  Network 1 has 1 lift and 3 paths, and network 2 contains 8 lifts and  8 paths aswell. The 10th lift is the ball shooter in the floor. I count it as a lift too because it also lifts the ball (Not very much but it can be higher or lower depending on the rubber band)
4 new lifts are included: In network 2 the 1st, 3rd and 5th lift, and the lift in the floor. Also 2 new path seperators (each network one) and some new elements.
This machine height is 2m90cm, width 1m85cm and depth 1m25cm.
Built time: 2 december 2012 - 17 may 2013
Pieces: 30674

Thanks:
-Intro 20th century fox and Paradox title created with ivipid.com.
-Music by a friend.
-My sister for helping me with filming.
-My dad’s ladder.
-And offcourse all knexers who inspired me!

Instructions:
New elements 
1st new lift
2nd new lift
3rd new lift
4th new lift
1st new path separator
2nd new path separator

Paradox is the winner of the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest! 
I feel so happy about this, thank you so much for voting and supporting me!

Thanks for watching and enjoy!

~Sandroknexmaster~

www1394 days ago

oh! does the door lift stress the motor? it looks like it does. If it doesn't I might use it!

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1394 days ago

There is no door lift in this machine...

oops! I saw you made one on another so I was confused...

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1394 days ago

Ah in Euphoria. It does stress the motor a bit, but it still works fine.

oh okay!

www1394 days ago

How did you film it?!!

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1394 days ago

With a camera ;)

:L LOL! no seriously how?!(I mean the upper part)!!!!!

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1394 days ago

With a ladder ;)

uummmmm ok sure... that is super tall!!!

Good one!

wde dijk2 months ago
awesome i can't wait to see te separators
sandroknexmaster (author)  wde dijk2 months ago

Thanks :D

hunter9994 months ago
hmmmmm...I thought that Paradox was a robot....
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9994 months ago
Ha, nice! Never saw it before...
blockabloke5 months ago
Wow! that must have used up so much knex building that ... Crazy ball thingy!
sandroknexmaster (author)  blockabloke5 months ago
Thanks a lot!
hunter9996 months ago
Do you have any idea where I can find some instructions or images of the element at 1:53 - 1:56 ? I think it is a corkscrew...
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9996 months ago
Oh and picture 20 in the intro is a good view, you can try to rebuild it from that picture ;)
Oh! Thats fine I can easily rebuild it from that picture :) thanks!
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9996 months ago
No problem ;D
Also another 2 elements...

the one at 9:33 and the one at 9:46, do you have any references to either of them? (sorry to be a pain). :P

Thanks in advance!
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9995 months ago
9:33 It's originally invented by thibaultisthebest in his ball machine ROUTE 66: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rvL2iQqmBk at 14:45 in the video. Picture 22 in the intro of Paradox is the best view, sorry for no better pics :/
9:46 Originally invented by Tornado96 in his ball machine Uprising: http://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Ball-Machine-Uprising/ at 3:32 in the video. Picture 16 in tornado's instructable is a good view.
I hope this will help :D

When will your ball machine be finished?
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9996 months ago
I don't know if there are instructions for that element, I saw it once in a ball machine and copied it from the vid. Can you rebuild it from this vid? If you want I can send you some more pictures (I'll rebuild it myself if necessary)
Look in the past comment and thanks again! :-)
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9996 months ago
And no problem, again ;)
You used my element from ionization! That makes me feel so good:D
Haha, I liked it, and it worked very well. :P
Blue Mullet 28 months ago
Man, just saying. I think this project will take grand prize for sure!
sandroknexmaster (author)  Blue Mullet 28 months ago
Everybody says that because it's the biggest project, but the biggest isn't always the best XP
I think everyone's chances to win are even big, but off course I'll be very happy if win :D
With the Knex community, most of the time people think a Knex project is better just because of its size. Congrats on winning the grand prize! :-D
sandroknexmaster (author)  Shadowman397 months ago
Like I said, I don't think so.
Thanks! =D
Well, it's that way with ball machines anyway, not with all projects. :-P
sandroknexmaster (author)  Shadowman397 months ago
Yeah, you're probably right. =D
Told you so. Congrats!
sandroknexmaster (author)  Blue Mullet 27 months ago
Thank you!
:D
Elap7 months ago
I think this is called a magnificent achievement!

Well deserved, but will you ever be able to bring yourself to dismantle it!!!???

Ted
sandroknexmaster (author)  Elap7 months ago
It's allready down since the end of july :P
Thanks!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 8-D You won the contest, great job! (As I said before, Paradox is awesome!) :-)
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