This is my second ball machine on instructables...Parallax! Definition for the curious:(Parallax-a term referring to a technique in astronomy used to find the distance to a star). Anyway, this machine has four paths, and some elements a bit more complicated than those in Subduction (my other Knex ball machine). Parallax uses various elements by users from around the site; I'll give credit on the path steps. Also, look for my Green Flex Path-my own invention. Enjoy!
     Video at   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Elsog83MnU&feature=youtu.be   or below (another improvement over Subduction...video! Sorry if it's not the best quality...I've never made a movie before; it's better than nothing. Once again, for the curious, the music in the video is Frederic Chopin's "Etude in C minor, op. 10 no. 12 'Revolutionary'")

Step 1: The Lift

I used Tornado96's Alternating Arm Lift (1 extra module) and yardking's infinity switch for my lift and path separator. Also it has a curved yellow slide path that I came up with for tighter curves. The pictures should explain themselves...

Step 2: Path 1

Path 2 includes a classic spiral, KneXtreme's simple stair, Kariah's red ball dropper, a slightly modified martb95 halfpipe, and a basket.

Step 3: Path 2

Path 2 consists of sandrokexmaster's vertical clickers and another bit of curved yellow slide.

Step 4: Path 3

Path 3 starts with a winding descent to 8chillpill's Ball Flipper. The Flipper drops the ball onto my new pathing type (Green Flex Path, a very sturdy and versatile path) which takes the ball back towards the lift.

Step 5: Path 4

Path 4 starts with another classic spiral (a mirror-image of the one on Path 1) and then drops onto a back-and-forth descent before entering the opposite end of the halfpipe.

Step 6: That's It!

Thanks for looking at Parallax!
I made an almost exact copy of it! Thanks for so many views of it.
WHOA!!! I had no idea there were enough pictures to make the whole thing. (I would have posted a lot more if I were aiming for that, haha.) Great job, methinks you are a ball machine builder. Glad you were able to make it.
That's exactly what I am, a ball machine builder and a roller coaster builder, yes and pinball machines.
Thanks, my golf balls won't work for it, almost as if they were too heavy. Dod you use lighter golf balls?
No, I used regular old golf balls (some of them actually used for that purpose in the past). However, I had to tweak my machine quite a bit to get it to work right, and (then again) most ball machines are a bit temperamental.
Hope you get yours to work right!
Thanks, I should buy those blue flexi rods and purple little flexi rods(that will probably help since I didn't have any).
They aren't often used, but they can be pretty helpful for sharp curves and such. :D
Hehe, that is so cool.
Meh, vid isn't available in germany :/ <br>And do you knwot aht you can embed vids? ;) <br> <br>Oh, and the ball machine is looking ccoooooooooooooooooooool! :D
I've seen all the videos on the site, I just didn't know how to embed one myself. If it's not too hard, I could try...how do you do it?
Well, there is a embed video button in the what you see is what you get editor and there you enter the embed code. <br>You get it by going to the yt vid, hitting share, and then there should be a button embed and when you hit it it should give you the code :)
I cannot thank you enough! Thanks for sharing with me this vital bit of information. I'm glad you liked the machine!
Haha, no prob. :D <br>I just wish i could watch the vid :P
Great ball machine! Thanks for using one of my elements! <br>You said you would try to make a stopmotion. Are you gonna do that? <br>
Thanks for the praise and for giving the idea for the whole of Path 2! <br>About the stopmotion, there's a good reason nobody does them: videos are much more effective for catching the ball's movement, and it's hard to make a stop-motion animation of a falling ball. :D I found that my camera actually could take videos, but it took me a week to get the thing formatted for uploading to the internet. :C But finally the finished product is here! (By the way, you're fast at responding; I published it and there was your comment!)
Yeah you're right. I think it would be cool, but it is indeed to difficult to make. <br> <br>And fast comments are cool! :D
Hehe...now that I've gotten it published, I can take it apart so I can build a newer, better ball machine! &gt;:)

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