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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

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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 2: The Orange Slide

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This is also a pathing of types, but it allows balls to travel at higher velocities and allows for many more twists and turns.

Loops and turns work well, however, at high velocities ball fly off the track on curves, so add guard rails.

Step 3: Ferris Wheels

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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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Sorunome4 years ago
*Fiinishing Statement
*balll alternators

*ballll alternators

*snorts* "flying balls"

www1392 years ago
do you know of any good path deviders?
knextank2 years 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.
knextank2 years ago
wow! I wonder if this things really have enough power to fire a ball away to a basket.
GeekBeam5 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!!!!!
Sorunome4 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
fishbob12343 years ago
Here it is - a giant guide
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mr. 7073 years ago
how come there are around 50 different ball machine lifts, yet ther are only 20 different elements
Jonatan20123 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
GeekBeam5 years ago
hey is there any way of doing loops like that without tubing
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.
how does this work?????
can you post a vid for how this works i think that would explain it better
R U guys kidding me? It's simple!
Go to youtube, and type in

wipeout- knex ball machine

This will be in a track, I don't know which.
jmiester4 years ago
K'nex doesn't sell huge panels any more! AHH!!! I have the B.A.B.T. basket though...
Lego Andrew3 years ago
I...LOVE...THIS...ELEMENT!!! I made one that looked different but it sucked! I'm glad that now I can follow this Instructable!
theperson26 years ago
When I made a maze the ball doesn't fall through the failures could it be that I am using the loopin lizard balls' ?
Lizard balls aren't any different to BBF balls, you probably built the maze wrong. Look closely at the maze and the one you have made, if they're exactly the same and still don't work ask again.
Some ball are bigger than others. I just found that out.
the loopin lizard balls' are bigger than the bbf ones
Lizard balls are supposed to be smaller and one piece.
Knex12353 years ago
how do you have so many pieces
black ops4 years ago
nice dude i wannah build it bt i dont had enough pieces
knexlvr334 years ago
god bless you
The Jamalam6 years ago
how do u modify balls
You don't - it's a quote from one of the steps :)
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