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Welcome to my guide of various paths that can be seen on a k'nex ball machine. You may have noticed that paths (at times) are considered to be called "elements." Well, I made this guide because my "elements" guide was becoming a little too oversized for more elements to be added. I then realized that it would be easier to make a separate guide based on just the regular paths that carry out the process of transporting balls to elements, lifts, etc. throughout a ball machine.

This guide will use paths I make and other paths (I didn't conceive) that aren't that piece-consuming, acting as an Add-On to my Knex Ball Machine Elements Guide.
 
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Step 2: Triangle Path

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A great sturdy path that takes very few pieces.

Step 3: The Skinny Path

This is the most simple ball machine path possible. Be careful though, if the ball falls off at curves, you'll have to put rails on the pathing as shown in pic. 3. This path can also be easily extended to having much longer rods connecting the yellow connectors and other alternating rails also.

Step 4: The Orange Slide

Like the skinny path, but with gold connectors that have bumps on them which requires tubing. This path helps to add more variety to itself and can even be used to make curves (pic. 2).  Make sure every gold connector is always attached with no bigger than 3 7/16 in. yellow rods. However, if tube track is well supported but is still somehow kinked or if separate pieces of tubing need to be reconnected, use "track splicers" to give it the support it needs (shown in pic. 4).

Step 5: Custom Paving

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Conceived by Knextreme

Step 6: Rod-Railed Path

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This is another simple path that takes very few pieces to construct, but isn't able to be used in making turns.

Step 7: V-Path

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 A path that provides less friction to passing balls then a normal 'rail' with connectors would. It can also bend as show in these last pics here.
hunter9991 year ago
Spelling error: Step 18 last word.

you wrote "rods" instead of "connectors".
hunter9991 year ago
Cool, I'll be sure to include some of these in future ball machines! =D
Thanks for this post, it 's going to help me a lot
Very usefull, espacially for beginners.
Sorunome1 year ago
It misses the rolling on one single rod :P
It is far easier to make than it looks like, so I am pretty surprised that I'm the first one to have built it into a ball machine ^^
collinjo12 (author)  Sorunome1 year ago
Well, I believe I have tried it before, it falls off right away.
Not if you do it correctly
1st: don't force the rod it's rolling on into one direction, so only attach the side where the ball enters, the other one just lays on other rods
2nd: align the ball perfectly in the center on it
3rd: don't make it too fast