Introduction: Knex Ball Machine: Uprising

Hey peeps!

I'm proud to present my most recent ball machine, UPRISING!!!

I'm very pleased with how this came out. IT contains 6 lifts and 7 paths with 2 new elements and took about 10 months to build (and then another 3 months to film and edit because of my laziness). Balls travel throughout the paths encountering elements such as loops, mazes, half-pipes, twisty track, ball arms and several other elements. 

The lifts include:
Small wheel lift
Small arm lift
Alternating Arm lift
Chainsaw lift
Single helix lift (varioation of Shadowman39's double helix lift)
Jigsaw lift


This machine was a total joy to build. My puppy is also a huge fan of the machine as it loves to run around following the balls as they roll around the contraption. Hope you guys enjoy it! :D

Comments

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Ethan1023 made it!(author)2016-10-03

What should prevent, shall we say, and uprising?

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KneXFAN200 made it!(author)2016-07-22

How many k'nex do you even have????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/?? Nice Job I can't belive you've done this!!!!!

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KnEx+FrEaK+1 made it!(author)2015-08-06

I was wondering if you could help me or give me a tip on this. I always get stuck on creating successful turns. it really frustrates me. I can create custom coasters like KnEx would premake but whenever I do this I get stuck and give up.

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FanPlastic made it!(author)2016-01-07

do you have any of the actual turn pieces?

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KnEx+FrEaK+1 made it!(author)2016-01-07

no...

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Linkin_J_Knex made it!(author)2015-12-08

How the hell have I never seen you before in Instructables? Subbed and great ball machine :)

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KnEx+FrEaK+1 made it!(author)2015-08-06

this is beautiful.

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www139 made it!(author)2015-02-20

wonderful K'nex ball machine! Are you going to continue building?

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lschraud made it!(author)2014-08-19

How much free time do you have on your hands?

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lschraud made it!(author)2014-08-19

Wow

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wihskas2 made it!(author)2014-04-16

i give you 1200$ for it

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atlaswalkedaway made it!(author)2014-04-04

a masterpiece of its medium.

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jritz1 made it!(author)2013-11-13

Dude your talented!!! I could only build your electric eel!!! And THAT was hard!!!

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blockabloke made it!(author)2013-11-05

Oh my ... That is so big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sorunome made it!(author)2013-06-25

Wut, why does this ball machine look so new to me O.O
Well, it is looking awesome anyways! :D

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dickheijboer made it!(author)2013-06-24

I don't know of there is already a commend from me here but I like this ball machine very much. I like how you have match the classic colored parts with the not classic parts! Favorited....
(Sorry for the bad English)

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vishalapr made it!(author)2013-06-01

There should be a Knex contest on instructables :D would be great to see awesome machines made from Knex!

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beagledudley made it!(author)2013-03-18

Anyone Have An Instructable On Chain Rolling? I Need A Better Way Than What I've Been Doing!

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beagledudley made it!(author)2013-03-13

Yeah! It Would Be An Awful Big Instructable. Do You Mind If I Steal Some Of Your Ideas? I Love All Of The Elements And Would Like To Put Some In My Machine:)

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-03-10

I'm not going to post an instructable on such a big project. Just keep building ball machines and you'll get better with time. Thanks for the support though! :)

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dashzar made it!(author)2013-03-02

nice

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hawk45 made it!(author)2013-02-15

sooooooooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-15

Thanks haha!

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-13

Can I use the element at 2.22? I really like it.

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-13

sure! glad to see you like it!

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-14

Thanks! :D

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an1153 made it!(author)2013-02-11

good job

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Machine made it!(author)2013-02-11

WOW! That's a big Knex and nicely photographed too.

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WorkingGunn made it!(author)2013-02-08

thats pretty fantastic now all you need is a mechanism to collect the balls and add them to the que so its in perpetual motion. Just Brilliant

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-08

Well once the balls complete each track they return to the start of the lifts and go back up again so it is a continuous circuit but its not perpetual motion cos theres motors involved. haha

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WorkingGunn made it!(author)2013-02-08

ahh well I would run it all day long i loved the little noises it was making. Perfect ball and noise machine.

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I_am_Canadian made it!(author)2013-02-08

Very sweet machine! Great video work too. The mechanism at 2:22 is my favorite, and the loop is beautiful. The all yellow connector pathing is really really nice too. I love machines that have lots of abstract angles and curves in them, not just 45 and 90 degree angles everywhere.

Brilliant machine my friend :-)

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-08

Thanks so much man! yeah I love that mechanism as well. I feel if a ball machine is just squares and triangle it makes it quite bland. Abstract is best. haha

Thanks again! Really appreciate it! :D

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%7EKnexBuild%7E made it!(author)2013-02-08

Wow! You got almost 2,200 views in only three days.

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-08

I know how amazing is it! I'm so thankful for all this. :D

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KneXtreme made it!(author)2013-02-08

Awesome job! (as usual)

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-08

haha thanks man! appreaciate it!

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Sorunome made it!(author)2013-02-06

Awesome.Ball.Machine.
WANT.TO.BUILD.KNEX.NOW D:

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-06

Why thank you sir!

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Sorunome made it!(author)2013-02-07

Why?
I'm still in the us - without knex, remember? ;)

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-08

I remember B)

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Iridium7 made it!(author)2013-02-07

Yup. It's official. You have won the internet.

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-07

It's spreading pretty well! Hopefully youtube gets a bit more traffic as well. haha

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slaveboy2000 made it!(author)2013-02-07

how long did it take you to make this?

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-07

I'd estimate around 10 months

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-06

That's awesome! I like the big looping. Also the element at 2.22 is very nice. What was that other construction at 3.39?

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-06

The loop paths seems to be everyone's path. The other construction was a roller coaster that didn't go to well... Micro knex coasters have real speed issues.

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-06

Hmm ... I don't know much about micro coasters but I have some track and micro parts, maybe I should try to build one. But finishing my next ball machine!

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Tornado96 made it!(author)2013-02-06

Micro coasters are annoying. haha, if you have Screamin serpent style use that instead.

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sandroknexmaster made it!(author)2013-02-06

I have more micro track than SS, I have just 2 rippin rockets...

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