Introduction: Knex Double Helix Lift
This lift is a copy of the one I used in Wipe Out, except it's shorter, it uses a battery-powered motor instead of an electric one, and the tracks going in and out of the tower are different. It can be built with only one spiral, but the bottom where the balls come in might have to be changed. A cool thing about this lift is that the platform and shaft can be on any side of the tower because the double helix is in the center. It's also easy to modify.
This is my first Instructable, and it took me a long time to make because the pictures took a very long time to upload.
Here's all the pieces you'll need to build the double helix lift:
RC Tubing- 2 pieces, each 3 feet, 5 1/2 inches long
Black Y Clip-17
Small Tan (or Blue) Gear-4
Large Yellow Gear-1
RC Tubing Splicer-2
Grand Total: 675 pieces
If you have all these pieces, let's get building!
I hope you like it!
Here's a video of the lift in action:
Click here to view the original double helix lift, used in Wipe Out:
Step 1: The Double Helix, Part 1
To start out, let's build the core of the double helix. The red rods that help make it sturdy are in a repeating pattern all the way up. The tubing will go on it in the next step.
Step 2: The Double Helix, Part 2
Now you will put the tubing on the core. Slide the dark gray connectors on the tubing first; then connect the two pieces of tubing onto the core.
You are now done building the double helix; set it to the side and start building the base.
Step 3: The Base, Part 1
This is the part of the tower that the double helix will be attached to, and it will have all the gears (don't forget the motor). This step is very simple.
Step 4: The Base, Part 2
This part of the base will hold a big yellow gear. It goes on top of part 1.
Step 5: The Base, Part 3
This step is very easy. It's just a small section that will go into the side of the base.
Step 6: The Base, Part 4
This is the final part of the base.
Step 7: Connecting Parts 1-4 of the Base
In this step, you'll put parts 1-4 together to complete the base. Part 2 goes on top of part 1. Parts 3 and 4 go into the side.
Now that you've finished the base, it's time to move on to the bottom of the tower.
Step 8: The Bottom of the Tower
Now it's time to build part A and B of the bottom. Part A is the platform where the balls are loaded onto the double helix. Part B is a track leading to the platform.
Step 9: Connecting the Bottom to the Base
In this step, you will connect the bottom to the base.
After you're done with all that, it's time to build the tower.
Step 10: The Tower, Part 1
Now you're going to build the shaft. This is only one side of the tower. Make sure to line up everything the best you can. The two sides of the shaft are different, so pay close attention to the pictures.
Step 11: The Tower, Part 2
For this step, build the rest of the tower.
Step 12: Connecting Parts 1 and 2 of the Tower
In this step, you'll complete the tower. Part 2 doesn't have a top or bottom, so it can go on part 1 either way.
Step 13: Connecting the Tower to the Bottom
Connect the tower to the bottom. Make sure to connect all the rods on the shaft to the bottom platform.
Step 14: The Top, Part 1
This is the top of the tower where the ball will exit from.
Step 15: The Top, Part 2
This is the track that balls exit when they get to the top.
Step 16: Inserting the Double Helix
It's (finally) time to put the double helix into the tower. The tan rod should go through the big yellow gear and the base.
Step 17: Connecting the Top Onto the Tower
You're almost finished! When putting the top on, the yellow rod on top of the double helix should slide into the center on the top.
Step 18: Finished!
Congratulations, you are now finished with the Double Helix Lift!
Just add balls and turn on the motor, and you're ready to roll (well, the balls are, anyway).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!