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


Ethan1023 (author)2016-10-03

What should prevent, shall we say, and uprising?

KneXFAN200 (author)2016-07-22

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

KnEx FrEaK 1 (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.

FanPlastic (author)KnEx FrEaK 12016-01-07

do you have any of the actual turn pieces?

KnEx FrEaK 1 (author)FanPlastic2016-01-07


Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-12-08

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

KnEx FrEaK 1 (author)2015-08-06

this is beautiful.

www139 (author)2015-02-20

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

lschraud (author)2014-08-19

How much free time do you have on your hands?

lschraud (author)2014-08-19


wihskas2 (author)2014-04-16

i give you 1200$ for it

atlaswalkedaway (author)2014-04-04

a masterpiece of its medium.

jritz1 (author)2013-11-13

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

blockabloke (author)2013-11-05

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

Sorunome (author)2013-06-25

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

dickheijboer (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)

vishalapr (author)2013-06-01

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

beagledudley (author)2013-03-18

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

beagledudley (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:)

Tornado96 (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! :)

dashzar (author)2013-03-02


hawk45 (author)2013-02-15

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

Tornado96 (author)hawk452013-02-15

Thanks haha!

sandroknexmaster (author)2013-02-13

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

sure! glad to see you like it!

Thanks! :D

an1153 (author)2013-02-11

good job

Machine (author)2013-02-11

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

WorkingGunn (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

Tornado96 (author)WorkingGunn2013-02-08

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

WorkingGunn (author)Tornado962013-02-08

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

I_am_Canadian (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 :-)

Tornado96 (author)I_am_Canadian2013-02-08

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

~KnexBuild~ (author)2013-02-08

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

Tornado96 (author)~KnexBuild~2013-02-08

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

KneXtreme (author)2013-02-08

Awesome job! (as usual)

Tornado96 (author)KneXtreme2013-02-08

haha thanks man! appreaciate it!

Sorunome (author)2013-02-06


Tornado96 (author)Sorunome2013-02-06

Why thank you sir!

Sorunome (author)Tornado962013-02-07

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

I remember B)

Iridium7 (author)2013-02-07

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

Tornado96 (author)Iridium72013-02-07

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

slaveboy2000 (author)2013-02-07

how long did it take you to make this?

Tornado96 (author)slaveboy20002013-02-07

I'd estimate around 10 months

sandroknexmaster (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?

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.

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!

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

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

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Bio: I'm a 16 year-old guy who loves to build mechanics out of knex. my main interests are ball machines and roller coasters. My real ... More »
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