Introduction: K'nex Ball Machine Tartarus


Here it is after a year and a half!  My largest k'nex project to date; Tartarus!  It has over 31,000 pieces and touches my ceiling.  I started building in October 2010, and the final piece went in in January 2012.  I hope you enjoy!  Feel free to ask any questions you may have!

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MoomanII made it! (author)2013-08-08

All I have to say is wow and nice job. how long does it take to cycle through the tracks?

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dickheijboer made it! (author)2013-05-08

Nice! So big! What are you building now?

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2013-05-08

I finished a much smaller project - but I'm not sure if I'm going to post it or not. We'll see :)

Otherwise, I have plans for another large project this summer, with a few restrictions that should make it really interesting. Similar to Metropolis, but obviously with different paths etc.

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dickheijboer made it! (author)dickheijboer2013-05-15

What is the "much smaller project"? Ball machine?

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www139 made it! (author)2012-12-08

that little box thing where the ball only exits on the corner?
HOW DID YOU GET THAT TO WORK????????

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-12-08

Are you asking about that mechanism that runs it?

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www139 made it! (author)www1392012-12-08

yes!!
:D

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-12-08

It's actually pretty simple. The axle coming through the center is offset by an orange connector width. There are two axles that run perpendicular to the main axle that have wheels connected to them. These wheels run on small tracks which stop the whole table from spinning.

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will1010 made it! (author)2012-09-30

how do you make the maze thing tilt at 6:55

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-12-08

Whaoh, sorry this reply took so long! It's basically 4 offset axles, with each offset 90 degrees from the others. Go check out the circle ball machine someone else posted; it's basically an adaptation of that :)

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www139 made it! (author)2012-12-08

really cool ball machine!

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KneXtreme made it! (author)2012-02-29

Amazing! I tried to make something like your elevator lift, but I could never get it to work. Great job :)

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-02-29

The elevator was one of the first things I built, but I didn't get it to work until about a week before the video was taken! I had a backup plan the entire time in case it never worked haha. But one day I just spent the day working on it and got it to work that night, so it's in the machine :)

And thank you! I'm really glad you like it!

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-03-09

What was the backup-plan? ;)

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-08-04

Just a chain lift hahahaha

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-08-04

Oh, lol xD

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knexpert#10829476 made it! (author)2012-03-28

31,000 pieces??!! That is all my pieces combined! You're amazing!

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-08-04

Thank you! I want more hahah

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sandroknexmaster made it! (author)2012-05-01

Incredible!!!!! So many pieces!

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-08-04

Thanks! :)

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RNB made it! (author)2012-03-20

Do you have pictures from the elevator lift for me, so I can update the Official Guide to Ball Machine Elements?

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-03-20

I don't have instruction pictures for it, but I can find some pictures of it in the machine if you'd like?

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RNB made it! (author)RNB2012-03-20

If you have them, that's great! Instructions are not needed for the Guide, however it might be handy to have a picture showing the lift :P

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-04-04

screenie of the vid.....I could do it, to me it's just a matter of a few min

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-04-04

*Lifts. The Elements one is dead :P

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jameshond made it! (author)2012-03-22

this is so nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cooooool

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Shadowman39 made it! (author)2012-03-18

This is an awesome ball machine! Great work on this one. I'm looking forward to your next project as well. ;-)

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ironstallion12 made it! (author)2012-03-04

Holy. Your fingers must be sore. Nice work though it really payed off.

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toeti made it! (author)2012-02-29

i can't stop watching it xd it's soooo cool ;)

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Sorunome made it! (author)2012-02-28

Why isn't this featured?

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-02-28

Probably because I don't have pictures :/

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-02-29

but some other videos are also featured...

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Tornado96 made it! (author)2012-02-26

Once again, Amazing mate! A lot of people are gonna use this one for inspiration!

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2012-02-27

Me for example xD

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sathothy made it! (author)2012-02-27

I subscribed. Can you tell me? :p

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-02-27

Nope! :D
But on the plus side, this project shouldn't take me nearly as long to complete. The only thing really holding me back from it is I can't start it for another four weeks, due to some stuff, and I'm a junior in engineering school, so my life will get crazy here in a month and a half or so. However, once summer starts it shouldn't take more than a few weeks to make this thing :D

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)2012-02-26

Cool build! What do you have planned next?

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-02-26

You'll just have to subscribe and find out! :D

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DJ Radio made it! (author)2012-02-26

This is amazing. Possibly better than cataclysm?

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Alocke made it! (author)Alocke2012-02-26

Wow thank you! Cataclysm and Wipe Out were the machines that inspired me to actually do this, so to have someone compare it to those is such an honor!

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sathothy made it! (author)2012-02-26

Thats just to awesome! Like I said in the video I love that switch!

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Sorunome made it! (author)2012-02-26

That is just sooooooooooo cool! great work!

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