The Official Guide to K'NEX Ball Machine Elements

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Since I wanted to make details of new elements I might make in the future, and when I feel like adding other elements here for easier reference, I decided to make this guide to comply as many simple to astounding elements as possible to make reference easier for others as well as myself. This guide will use new elements I make and elements I modify from other ones REMINDER: Most of the elements that are posted on here are modified for the newer, larger balls.

EDIT: Since there were starting to be too many elements in this guide, I've have made a separate guide on just the regular "paths" which can be found here

If you want a guide to lifts, check out 39Shadowman's guide to lifts here.
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Step 1: Side Winder

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This is a variation of one of Yardking's elements used in his ball machine Arcane, the one used above is in my ball machine Propulsion.

Step 2: Obstacle Path

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This is the larger version of Knextreme's design. The ball will go bonkers moving from left to right.

Step 3: Freefall

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Possibly the dullest element ever. The ball simply falls down a chute which is mainly used for connecting elements.

Step 4: Swivel Freefall

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A freefall that is actually interesting but still easy to build, not my idea. 

Step 5: Path Separator

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These path separators are found in any multiple-path ball machines in existence. These act as a shuffleboard for a path a ball will randomly roll on. Multiple ways are possible for building path separators. They can also be diagonal or horizontal (last pic).

Step 6: Ball Alternators

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These are like very simple red ball drops except they receive and deposit balls, usually onto other Balll Alternators. The one with the red rods was the alternator used in my ball machine Configuration at 1:07.

Step 7: Red-Ball Dropper

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This is an original element from the Stepper Lift building set which receives a ball, lowers its arm, and deposits the ball on the opposite side.
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poil8713 days ago

Great ible just made this element and added it to my ball machine

In step 6 do you say that the vid of Obligation isn't available anymore, but I can still watch it...
collinjo12 (author)  sandroknexmaster1 year ago
Oh! That's because you and "that" guy both probably live in Germany and I live in the United States. Must of got blocked here.
You mean Belgium :p Yes he's from Belgium, just like me. The only knexer who lives in Germany that I know is Sorunome.
And yeah that could be possible.
yeah, i don't know any other knexer from germany, i'm so alone :(
But almost everyone thinks all Dutch knexers are German, annoying sometimes...
And you're maybe alone, but that makes you the best knexer from Germany. And the worst :D
Lol, i'm the worst knexer from germany, I should advertise with that :P
And yeah, the reason is that dutch sounds as if someone can't speack german >.<
Yup indeed :p
mhmm, you haven't been on skype latley :(
Now I am :D

On the topic of nationalities, are there any other New Zealand k'nexers out there?

There are some in Austrailia for sure

Australia sucks though... and NZ isn't Australia (thank god for that)

Somebody has strong opinions, eh? :P

Yes. Yes I do.

Fred The Penguin / Logic Boy might be from NZ, not entirely sure though.

I don't know... But I have some family in New Zealand :)

I have an idea for a new element... all i'm going to say is that it's a bit like ball in a cart.

dickheijboer8 months ago


Step 26: That's the first time I've been mentioned. I feel special...

Hey collinjo12 how did you connect the spiral stairs in step 34?
This element is on my ball machine Supernova :D
Please, that poor little element in Step 10 is just begging for a name, and has been for several months. :-( How about "Mini Spinny", "Spintastic/Spinner Slide", or "Swoosh Chute"? Even if you choose none of these, don't leave the little guy nameless! ;-)
P.S: Love the new elements! And about that revision in the introduction...can there ever be too many elements in a guide? :-P
I notice in your pdf, there aren't 50 steps.
Very nice guide!
collinjo12 (author)  knexpert#108294761 year ago
Thanks!! I'm currently building my biggest ball machine yet!! Stay tuned!!
www1392 years ago
I think you did a good job!
Sorunome2 years ago
Haha, another elements guide!
There defenetly should be one with all ellements in it! :D
What about the one we started?
That's dead :P I can add some other people if you give me the permission :P And I could start asking around the other guids weather we could use the images
It doesn't have to be dead anymore. Can't only the author add collaborators? I don't think we should just take pictures from other guides though, even though it'll take time to build elements (for me anyway, maybe I can after I'm done with my project).
ah, ok, and about adding collaborators, i have no idea :D
I'm also in the process of making a ball machine element "dictionary" maybe we could work together?
collinjo12 (author)  Sorunome2 years ago
I know, that would be awesome if me or somebody would sum up every KNEX element guide to make just one out of those.
That would be pretty cool, but almost impossible to do.
*caught* look at öthe post of shadowman above and at my reply *caught*
That's one strange cough you have there!
collinjo12 (author) 2 years ago
The Mario Kart Paving is supported by classic knex, not micro knex; because the micro pieces wouldn't fit in the holes on the edges of the pieces.
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