Introduction: Octoswitch a K'nex Path Separator

This is Octoswitch, my new path separator! I might use the Octoswitch in my next full-scale k'nex ball machine. If you want to build it, go to the next step!

Octoswitch 2.0 - https://www.instructables.com/id/Octoswitch-20-Knex... Lots of % more efficient!

Step 1: The Piece Count

Picture of The Piece Count

these are all the pieces you will need to build Octoswitch!


Rods - 401

Large flexible - 4

Grey - 1

Red - 1

Yellow - 68

Blue - 171

White - 116

Green - 40

Connectors - 294

White - 25

Yellow - 38

Green - 2

Red - 33

Orange - 26

Dark grey - 3

3D blue - 80

3D purple - 87

Miscellaneous - 52

Tan clip - 6

Y clip - 10

Silver spacer - 27

Blue spacer - 6

Small blue gear - 1

Large yellow gear - 1

motor - 1

Total - 747


If you have all of those, move to the next step!

Step 2: Base and Motor

Picture of Base and Motor

here you are building the bottom of the base, and the motor . (well... no, your not building the motor.... your just putting it in the bottom of the base.)

1 - Build

2 - Build

3 - Another view

4 - Attach

5 - Another view

6 - Build

7 - Stuff you built

8 - Attach

9 - Another view

Step 3: Gear and More Base

Picture of Gear and More Base

Look! A big yellow gear! What will we do with it? Put it in the base and build more base!

1 - Build

2 - Another view

3 - Attach

4 - Another view

5 - Build

6 - Stuff you built

7 - Attach

8 - Another view

Step 4: White Mesh-ish

Picture of White Mesh-ish

Its not exactly white mesh, but it'll do. Don't spill all those dark grey connectors and silver spacers!

1 - Build

2 - Stuff you built

3 - Attach

4 - Another view

5 - Build 8 of these

6 - Attach

7 - Build

8 - Stuff you built

9 - Attach

Step 5: The Switcher

Picture of The Switcher

It doesn't actually switch... it just spins... But it switches between paths!

1 - Build

2 - Build

3 - Attach

4 - Build

5 - Attach

6 - Stuff you built

7 - Attach

8 - Another view

Step 6: The Path Starters (optional)

Picture of The Path Starters (optional)

You don't have to build these, They just give you a nice start on your path. But if your lazy (or have other ideas) you can skip this step.

1 - Build 8 of these

2 - Build 8 of these

3 - Attach

4 - Another view

5 - Another view

Step 7: The Circle of Steadyness

Picture of The Circle of Steadyness

Build this! it will make your switcher more steady! YAY!

1 - Build

2 - Stuff you built

3 - Attach

4 - build

5 - attach (you might have some trouble with this)

Step 8: The Top

Picture of The Top

This isthe top! you can't get more top then the top! and also it's the path into the switcher, you could skip the path i guess, but it looks so cool! (so if you want to be uncool then go ahead and skip the path!)

1 - Build

2 - Stuff you built

3 - attach

4 - Build

5 - Stuff you built

6 - Attach

7 - Build

8 - Attach

Step 9: Your Done!

Picture of Your Done!

You are now done your new path separator! now all you have to do is put it in your k'nex machine! have fun!

Comments

knexpert#10829476 (author)2014-11-26

I know what I am using on my next ball machine:D

www139 (author)2014-08-27

Amazing! Good job! I might use this!

Sorunome (author)2014-08-25

Sweet!

sandroknexmaster (author)2014-08-23

That's a cool separator! And clear instructions too!

Gargamel-Knex (author)2014-08-22

Good path separator idea! ;)

+ 1 Sub :)

Lucas The Boss (author)2014-08-22

Hey man I do everything from my iPod so vids that are imbedded into the pics I can't see it so vid link please sorry for any aggravation

Caverat (author)Lucas The Boss2014-08-22

Video link added! thanks for the info! :)

Lucas The Boss (author)Caverat2014-08-22

Thanks :)

hunter999 (author)2014-08-22

This is a real neat concept! Awesome build :D

Caverat (author)hunter9992014-08-22

Thanks! :D

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