Introduction: My First K'nex Ball Machine!

Picture of My First K'nex Ball Machine!

Here is my first (Successful) K'nex ball machine! It took 3 days to build (roughly 10 hours of building), has 2 paths, 1 network and 8 elements! All of the elements are other people's as when I tried to make some they...they failed :-( So I will try to hunt down who made what element when I get time and give credit where credit is due :-) I will hopefully get a video of it working soon. Any ideas for names please tell me!

Be sure to vote! Thank you for all the support everyone❗

Sorry to disappoint you all but I'm not making instructions for it. :-(

Step 1: Path 1

Picture of Path 1

This is the shorter of the two paths. It starts off with mathsboy314's bowling element, modified so it will go sideways and not 360°.

Next it drops onto a widening path. The ball goes through the end of the path and lands on a normal yellow connector path below it. It takes some time to adjust itself onto the path before rolling into a bendy path inspired (actually, extremely modified) by toeti's bendy path on his Instructable 'my new elements'.

After that it rolls onto the end of path 2 and goes onto sandroknexmaster's jump lift. It flies onto martijnb95's 'half pipe thingy' then goes back to the chain lift.(I didn't even know how to make a chain lift so I deeply modified someone's chain lift base :-/ I can't find who it is though. Sorry :-( )

Step 2: Path 2

Picture of Path 2

Path two starts with a green connector bendy path. This was really hard to implement in such a small area and to keep its shape.

The ball rolls from the green path onto Sandroknexmaster's 360° ball arm (featured in his ball machine Euphoria). Next it goes over a small bridge to a modified version of Cristiano Ronaldo's ZigZagFall.

It then rolls onto a path round the back which leads to Sandroknexmaster's Jump Lift, which throws the ball onto Martijnb95's 'Half pipe thingy'. Finally it ends up at the chain lift in the centre!


knexfun101 (author)2016-01-18

Good Job!! Cool!! ?☺

Linkin_J_Knex (author)knexfun1012016-01-18

Thank you =) please check out my other ibles, especially my other ball machine!

SamNook (author)2015-09-20

Hey J Cool. Only took me like a month to see it

Linkin_J_Knex (author)SamNook2015-09-20

Lol ty for seeing it xD

TvoAqui (author)2015-09-15

Very nice!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)TvoAqui2015-09-15


OfficialKNEXGUY (author)2015-09-04

Hey Man, Great job! First time for everything eh? OK, now this may seem crazy but... CAN YOU PLEASE POST INSTRUCTIONS!!!

Sorry to disappoint you but I may not be able to make instructions for my ball machine. I have no experience making instructions yet and I don't have much time due to school :(

Woah! Someone asking for instructions?! I may do however it will take AGES! I will if you tell me you will definitely make it :D

www139 (author)2015-09-07

Very nice! I like the use of the jump lift!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-09-07


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Linkin_J_Knex (author)www1392015-09-07

Wow ty :D

Sorunome (author)2015-09-02

Quite good for a first! I like it, nice and small! :D

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Sorunome2015-09-06

do you know the internal diameter for the k'nex tubing? I can't find any and I'm looking for alternatives

Sorunome (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-09-06

they are about the size of a rod as they fit perfectly through the hole of a connector

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Sorunome2015-09-07

OK thanks again :D

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Sorunome2015-09-03

Thanks sorunome :D

JonnyBGood (author)2015-09-05

Very nice first ball machine! Good job!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)JonnyBGood2015-09-06

thanks :D

master-splinter306 (author)2015-09-02

Great job for a first!

Ty dude :D

No problem! :)

Also ty for following! I put it in the 'about me' section :-)

Oh thanks man!

well my first follower needs some acknowledgement :)

link2_thepast (author)2015-09-03

K'nex ball machines are always fun to watch... nice job!

Ty :D

sandroknexmaster (author)2015-09-02

Looks good, I'd like to see a video of it in action.

Oh and I wouldn't recommend adding more information after it got popular, it will most likely get more popular if you add as much information as you can from the beginning ;)

Added video :D Hope you like it. I..It failed at one point :-( but most the time it works :-)

Sorunome (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-09-02

Haha, that's ok, no worries, the bigger machines all fail at some point, too, we just tend to cut out those parts where it fails ;)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)Sorunome2015-09-03

Oh OK :-) I failed loads of times making the video and didn't really have much time to edit it (+ I've never edited a video before °~°)

Sorunome (author)Linkin_J_Knex2015-09-03

I learned video editing when making ball machine videos, it isn't too hard to cut simple clips, eventually you'll get more advanced :)

Don't unveil too many secrets of big ball machines ;) But yeah, that's the power of editing.

Good, a video is always better than only pictures (for ball machines)

Omg wasn't expecting a reply so soon :D I will add more tomorrow then..the famous sandroknexmastwr actually answered me °0°

Ha famous, I'm just a guy building with knex like you do ;)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-09-03

I just entered it into the first time author contest :-) Would you mind voting for it please?

Lucas The Boss (author)2015-09-02

This is pretty good for a first try. I've been wanting to build a ball machine for a while but if I built one it would be pretty big. Great job! I look forward to seeing more builds from you.

Ty :D

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-09-03

I wasn't expecting this to get noticed so soon :D ty everyone. I've been looking on Instructables for over a year now and I've seen all your amazing builds:-) I hope to get as good as you guys (/girls) :D

CorgiCritter (author)2015-09-02

Cool! Nice for a first! (Or a second, or a third.)

Ty :D first Instructable and first ball machine:D

I know, great work!

BTW ur guns are great :D

Thanks. :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-09-02

Hey I'm sorry if I spelt anyone's name wrong :P

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