Introduction: Project Dos: the Jamalam's Second Ball Machine!

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Hi everyone! Here is the ball machine you may have seen in the forum topic I posted. It has 3 tracks, each with more elements than uno. It also stands to over 3 ft tall, is stronger than uno (blue rod tower) and the motor works on this one.
It has taken me 4 days to perfect. The first 2 were building, and the other 2 were making the video and final modification for perfection.

PS: Thank you trainman, I couldn't have done it without your instructables!
PPS: Could someone do a piece count please?

Step 1: The Base

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We shall start by building the base and ball holder.
I haven't got step by step pictures, but I have tried to capture it from all angles. Tell me if you need more pictures.

Step 2: The Tower

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This is the 2nd part of the tower itself, just build it.

Step 3: The Top

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This is the second to last part of the tower. It houses the motor and 2 path changers.

Step 4: Attachments

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Here you will fix together the last parts you have made.

Step 5: The Final Tower and Path 1

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This is the last part of the tower before the tracks, just keep going with the building.

Step 6: Path 2

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This is the second path. It has a ramp with a basket. Looks pretty cool.

Step 7: Path 3

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The 3rd and final path, on the other side of the tower.

Step 8: The Chain

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At last, the hard part is over! Now just finishing off the ball machine! Build 3 chains 19 long and 1 chain 20 links long, then add the lifters. Wrap it around the gears and you are nearly finished!

Step 9: Get Some Balls!

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Get anywhere up to 5 balls, but 4 works best, to get the best room in the ball hangar (not sure what else to call it). Anyway, put 3 in the queue and one on the chain, set the motor going on the settings according to the 3rd picture. Push the black button UP, not down. Down makes the machine explode. Beleive me I made that mistake in the early stages. Having tested it out a bit, refer to the next step if you have any problems.

Step 10: FAQ's

Any questions? Just ask!

Q: My ball doesn't land in the ball dropper on the first track! How can i fix it?
A: Adjust the position of the dropper, or remove it completely! The ball will fly into the basket because it is luckily positioned!

Q: My Ball stops on the second track just after the path chooser. How can i fix this?
A: You may have to use orange tubing to fix this, but I don't have any, just the connectors.

Thanks for building this, or just reading through! Have fun!
The Jamalam
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knexpert#10829476 (author)2012-09-17

I like this!

TheKnexDude (author)2011-11-06

those red rods ARE LEDs

ryry2011 (author)2011-02-21


coolsonic45 (author)2009-11-25

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TomCat1 (author)2009-11-10

Can you give me some step by step pictures

wiebeltjekok (author)2009-11-04

need more pictures

Jesus. (author)2009-08-13

can you use red gears instead of the yellow gears??

DJ Radio (author)2009-02-19

nice one, I am considering making a ball machine of my own. 4*

The Jamalam (author)DJ Radio2009-05-31

Good luck ;)

DJ Radio (author)The Jamalam2009-05-31

Stop replying to my old comments!!!

The Jamalam (author)DJ Radio2009-08-11

Ok. :P

Colne Fawkes (author)The Jamalam2009-07-15

you're gonna need it.

knexpert#10829476 (author)2009-08-05

Nice use of that flipper element!

~KGB~ (author)2009-07-28

excellent bal machine, no faults, 5

Colne Fawkes (author)2009-07-24

Awesome design. I modded it and got a purple ribbon (1st place) in our county fair. Kudos to The Jamalam

The Jamalam (author)Colne Fawkes2009-07-25

Wow, I feel honoured! Well done!

Colne Fawkes (author)2009-07-19

what are the weird bent pieces on the second path? Where do you get them?

Colne Fawkes (author)2009-07-15

Um, i think i need some more pictures on building this piece. Can you help there?

and what kind of motor is that?

chopstx (author)2009-05-05

why does the orange connector in pic 3 have to be orange?

very nice work Jammy =-d

chopstx (author)chopstx2009-05-05

just so you know, =-d is a person trying to touch his nose with his tongue. FYI

Colne Fawkes (author)chopstx2009-07-15

Hey, I can do that! :-)

chopstx (author)Colne Fawkes2009-07-15

really, i cant.

Colne Fawkes (author)chopstx2009-07-15

It's no great accomplishment, really.

chopstx (author)chopstx2009-05-05

also, can you post more pictures please? once again, nice work

The Jamalam (author)chopstx2009-05-07

helps it turn

chopstx (author)The Jamalam2009-05-07

can you use a brown one?

The Jamalam (author)chopstx2009-05-08

spose so

chopstx (author)The Jamalam2009-05-08

so, are you gonna post more pics or not?

Colne Fawkes (author)2009-07-15

what is the piece list?

The Jamalam (author)Colne Fawkes2009-07-15

It isn't.

Colne Fawkes (author)The Jamalam2009-07-15

give me a month and I will have one.

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-06-04

i would make i parts list but for some reason i have a hard time doing parts lists for ball machines (once i get the knex and make it and take it apart then i can but for now i cant)sorry =(

lol, its ok

knex obsessed (author)2009-06-02

doesn't matter any more XD

knex obsessed (author)2009-06-01

hey can i have more pics please cause i can't figure it out thanks XD

coolknexcreations (author)2009-03-15

Are you working on a project trace?

tres? yeah

When will it be done?

not really sure.

knexpert#10829476 (author)2009-04-15

Very nice work!

knexsniper1 (author)2009-04-02

amazing, i don't think i would have the patience for this type of thing. great job!

The Jamalam (author)knexsniper12009-04-03


shadowninja31 (author)2009-03-08

Will you answer this question? BTW good job!

i am currently answering your question. Finished! Thanks


ajleece (author)2009-02-20

BUILT!!!!!! I loved it! I had to do a few major mods like changing the chain from a normal one to an ornage and white connector chain but after that I had heaps of fun! I have now stripped it down to the tower and I am gonna make my own set of elements to put on it!

Barfopotamus (author)ajleece2009-02-24

I built it too. It was awesome, but i had to extremely modify a few parts because of failures or not having the right pieces. Overall, I give it a 9 out of 10. Fantastic job!

The Jamalam (author)ajleece2009-02-21

brilliant! Have fun!

ravilis (author)2009-02-22


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