Introduction: Shake: a New Knex Ball Machine
this is a new ball machine that features an odd lift system and two paths. It can hold two or even three balls but My advice is to use only one ball because the lift works best with one ball. The big gray motor can be substituted for another motor but you might have to gear it down a little more. If you do use the big black motor: If your battery is full, the faster speed might also work.
In the first few steps I'll help you to build the frame and the lift, after that the switcher and then both paths, at the end you could add decoration which is optional.
for beginners (and experts and anything between those too): look really carefully at the pictures and read all my notes, if you don't follow the instructions extra carefully the entire ball machine might fail to work.
PS: if you notice my english is bad, I'm from holland.
green rods: 129
white rods: 264
yellow rods: 220
red rods: 50
gray rods: 18
flexi rods: 18
dark grey connectors:87
light grey connectors: 5
orange connectors: 60
red connectors: 32
green connectors: 27
yellow connectors: 97
white connectors: 62
purple connectors: 167
blue connectors: 87
Y connectors: 9
tan connectors: 7
blue caps: 1 (tan connectors can be used too)
gray spacers: 16
blue spacers: 11
big sized yellow gears: 1
little sized blue gears: 1
balls: at least 1
and maybe some extra gears if you have a weak motor.
Step 1: The Frame: the First Stage
Most red rods of the frame are optional (recommended though), I'll put a note on those red rods that aren't optional to use.
Step 2: The Frame: the Second Stage
the pictures all show different kind of angles
Step 3: The Frame: the Third Stage
simply make this, other motors can be used but you gotta find that out yourself
Step 4: Putting the Frame Together
in this step is shown how to put the frame together.
Step 5: The Lift Wheel
This is where you make the lift wheel: the wheel that transports the ball up
Step 6: Attach the Lift Wheel
do as the title says
Step 7: Lift Slope
make the lift slope, if this looks to complicated please tell me.
Step 8: The Frame: the Fourth Stage
Step 9: Attach the Fourth Stage
here you see how to attach the fourth stage, the picture isn't entirely right because you should have the wheel attached already and the picture has not.
Step 10: Attach the Lift Slope
it will be an itchy job but it has to be done.
Step 11: Pick Up Slope
this step shows how to make the slope that catches the ball when it leaves the lift wheel.
Step 12: The Switcher and Support
this step shows the part that ensures the ball gets on both two tracks.
Step 13: Attaching the Switcher, the Support and the Pick Up Slope
the title says it all.
Step 14: A Part That I Cannot Name
make this part, it's not overly important but just make it.
1: make it.
2: attach it like this.
Step 15: The First Path, Step One
this is step one of making the first path.
Step 16: The First Path Step2, the Ferris Wheel
here you�ll make the ferris wheel that can hold the ball.
Step 17: The First Path Step Three
this is step three of the first path.
Step 18: Attaching the First Path
in the pictures you see how to attach the first path.
Step 19: Constructing the Second Path: Step 1
Step 20: The Second Path Step 2
Step 21: The Second Path: Step 3
make this, take a good look at the pictures this might be complicated.
Step 22: The Second Path Step 4
this is the fourth step of the second path, just make it
Step 23: The Assembly
in this step everything is put together
Step 24: Decoration (optional)
this step shows how to make decoration, it's optional but recommended, it looks really nice.
1:first collect these flexi rods.
2: the are connected like this.
3: I especially advice to make this part, it is really an addition to your ball machine.
4: view from above.
5: attach like this.
ALSO READ THE LAST STEP.
Step 25: Finishing It
my experience with ball machines is that they never work at once, you might still have to test your own version of Shake but here are some tips if things are not working:
if the lift is not working:
1 look at the way connectors are shifted or turned in the wheel, on the lift slope and on the pick up slope.
2 if your motor can't take it gear it down a little more or use another motor, except I can't help you with that.
3 use only one ball, it works best.
if the pathing isn't working:
1ad a yellow connector and two grey connectors as shown on the picture
2 look very good at the pictures to see where a grey connector is added on the white rod.
if the ferris wheel isn't working:
1 look carefully at the way the connectors are in place in step 15.
2 you could always ad extra guard rails or support, if you want help with that just PM me or ask for help on the forum.
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Please be positive and constructive.