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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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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!

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

<p>I know what I am using on my next ball machine:D</p>
<p>Amazing! Good job! I might use this!</p>
<p>Sweet!</p>
<p>That's a cool separator! And clear instructions too!</p>
<p>Good path separator idea! ;)</p><p>+ 1 Sub :)</p>
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
<p>Video link added! thanks for the info! :)</p>
Thanks :)
<p>This is a real neat concept! Awesome build :D</p>
<p>Thanks! :D</p>

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