Introduction: How to Make a Knex Orrery

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this is just one of my models ive built over the years now I'm submitting them for review & youre entertainment enjoy. an orrer is a model for a planetary system that moves using one motor most of the time (sorry ti's just my term for it)i pic is right here for a famous one. heres a link to the video if you cant see it here.

Little point I shall bring up, this isn't the best design, And i'm sure I can improve the mechanism so that it isn't as flimsy and it's more compact than before, I will begin work once I have remade it and have time.

Step 1: The Base

Picture of The Base

this also includes motor built in

Step 2: The Support Tower

Picture of The Support Tower

as said in desc. this tower supports the mechanism for the orrery

Step 3: Mechanism Lower Half

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this mechanism is too big for one step so i split it into the upper & lower halves

Step 4: Mech. Upper Half

Picture of Mech. Upper Half

as said upper half pt. 2 to mechanism instructions

Step 5: Assembly of Segments

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title is self explanatory

Step 6: Troubleshooting & Faq

need help with assembling your orrery, or is it not working properly? come hither to this step & query me on these intriguing problems i shall answer them truthfully & in the best way possible!


lemonie (author)2009-12-21

Could you label the celestial-bodies and rotate the images (that need it) 90o?


GeekBeam (author)lemonie2009-12-21

k i did it ur welcome

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-21

and i posted a video look at it u shud get some troubleshooting done from that

lemonie (author)GeekBeam2009-12-22

Yes that looks better, where is the video link?


GeekBeam (author)lemonie2009-12-22

i thot i put it up already as a ible video but if you insist just a sec ill go get the link

lemonie (author)GeekBeam2009-12-22

Thanks - shows the thing well.


GeekBeam (author)lemonie2009-12-23

thanks for the comment


Jayefuu (author)lemonie2009-12-22

If we're on the topic of improvement, a description of what an orrery is and a picture of a famous one might make your first step even better =]

GeekBeam (author)Jayefuu2009-12-22

thanks again to you this is my first real 'ible on this site the others were guides

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-22

i've put up a link to my vid. & thanks for not bieng so critical on me

GeekBeam (author)2009-12-22

im just trying to make it un flimsy

~KGB~ (author)2009-12-22


~KGB~ (author)2009-12-21

looks a bit flimsy....

GeekBeam (author)~KGB~2009-12-22

it's just going to be that way you can modify it & make it less flimsy but you have to label the mechanism design as mine other than that youre fine to mod all you want

~KGB~ (author)GeekBeam2009-12-22

i really dont wanna build it, ive better things to be making.....

GeekBeam (author)~KGB~2009-12-22

oh ok then i'll just bring my knex kit out & start moding it

just a sec

~KGB~ (author)GeekBeam2009-12-22


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