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The Ultimate Guide to K'nex Ball Machine Elements

Here it is - a giant guide to masses of different elements for your ball machines. This technically is not an instructable per se, rather, it is an add-on to HOW TO MAKE A BALL MACHINE.
 
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Step 1: The Path

This is the simplest Element. It is, in fact, hardly an element but rather a connector of elements, though it can be used as an element when combined with Path Curves.

Step 3: Ferris Wheels

Ferris wheels are big cheeses - they take up large amounts of space and pieces, but in the end they turn out fickle. If you can get them to work well - good for you. It all depends on the way you build yours.

Step 4: Freefall

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Possible the dullest element around. Here, the ball simply falls down a chute. it's mainly used for connecting Elements.

Step 5: The Classic Spiral

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This is a spiral originally seen in the Big Ball Factory. It can be extended or shrunk to your needs. It is a fine and classic addition to any ball machine.

Step 6: The Dual Windmills!

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This is an original that I am allowing to be modified. In this, balls go though a boxy maze in which it passes though freely rotating wheels.

Step 7: The Maze

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This one is from the Trampoline tower, i believe. it's a vertical drop with failures that allow the ball to slip though.

Step 8: The Pathing Spiral

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This is a derivative of pathing - essentially, curved pathing wrapped around a single tower.

It only works on a blue rod tower, however.

Step 9: The "Flippers"

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There's no better name for these anyway...
The ball falls onto this and flips over directly underneath the other side. It looks cool in rapid sucession as well.

Step 10: The Trampoline

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Featured in the "Trampoline Tower". Balls bounce off these and into a designated target (Hopefully a Basket).

Step 11: Baskets

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These are often useful to catch flying balls(No pun intended).
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Sorunome3 years ago
*Fiinishing Statement
*balll alternators

*ballll alternators

*snorts* "flying balls"

www1391 year ago
do you know of any good path deviders?
Lego Andrew2 years ago
I have the Tramp. tower set. Why did you use 2 green rods and an orange connecter instead of a blue rod? (Yes, you can do that.)
Maybe he had run out of blues at that point X_X
The Jamalam5 years ago
LOL MODIFIED TO SUPPORT BALLS
ENOUF! KIDS ARE READING THIS!!!!
They shouldn't be, since the minimum age required to join is 13. Any mental scarring is their own fault.
(Also, *Enough)
how do u modify balls
You don't - it's a quote from one of the steps :)
i know no it just sounds wrong
lolololoololooll
TEEHEE!
You got that from youtube user nigahiga! (Ryan Higa)
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!
knextank1 year ago
the yellow rods in the background is the pathing which ends at the seperator. the blue rods in the front make sure it's range is limited so the next ball will change direction.
knextank1 year ago
wow! I wonder if this things really have enough power to fire a ball away to a basket.
GeekBeam4 years ago
i have been trying to make a ball machine for(what seems like)decades now but i couldn't get any ideas for what to use as elements, with this i will become a ball machine zen master of the cheese(yummy cheese) nom nom nom
i know im wierd adhd and all that(woo hoo)
Hey, me too! :)
Me Three!!!!!
except for aspergers
Yeah, someone I know has that. Nothing bad.
Sorunome3 years ago
*Them Red Stairs (??? Them Red Stairs ???)
I think it must be THE* red stairs

btw great element
he might have wanted to make it sound old fashioned, since it is in the first knex ball machine in history
fishbob12342 years ago
Here it is - a giant guide
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wow!! i'm not gonna build this, cuz its too difficult!! but... AWESOME!!
Difficult? DIFFICULT? (snicker) Now thats an idea for...


                                   AN INSTRUCTABLE!!!
1 year later not 1 Instructable...
mr. 7072 years ago
how come there are around 50 different ball machine lifts, yet ther are only 20 different elements
Jonatan20122 years ago
Nice ible! It helped me much on my biggest project I have so far been working. A ball machine through my whole room!

BBF ftw
GeekBeam4 years ago
hey is there any way of doing loops like that without tubing
yes
How?
thanks for asking...i forgot to do so myself... :P
simple: if you want large loops then you can make a yellow slide connected with green rods and bend them slitly up till you have a full loop, or you can use these flexi-rods and them form a loop.
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