K'nex Forward/Reverse Transmission

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Introduction: K'nex Forward/Reverse Transmission

Hello there! Say you are in the middle of making an awesome new k'nex project, and you need a motor. You run to your junk drawer full of k'nex motors, and the only one left is your 12v motor. "Drat" you think, as you slump back to your building area, "I needed a newer style motor because I need to change the direction of the motor!" You pause, thinking of the predicament you are in. You think in horror of what would happen if you take apart one of your current builds, just so you can make this new one that you're not sure will even work, let alone be worth taking apart your precious build. You draw yourself up, and you say, "I will not let this happen!! I will search on... INSTRUCTABLES!!! Duh! Why didn't I think of it before!" You get out your phone and search on the instructables app. Lucky you, there's a search result that looks like what you want. You think again... is this build really worth building this contraption? You think again... Yes. It totally is! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Now I know you might be thinking, "Hey, this isn't a new idea!" but I never saw instructions for one, so I decided to fill the void. Of course, this version is not the same as the others out there. It is meant to be small and easy to build, but it doesn't have the torque that a more complex one would have, so plan on modifying it to have it handle more difficult tasks.

Feel free to watch the video so you can see it in action, and then, if you want to build it, skip on to the step after that!

BirdCrazy made an instructable for his, more complex but probably better working, automatic transmission! Feel free to check that out. :)

If you want to know more, click here.

For an explanation of how it works (if the above link wasn't good enough), click here.

Questions? Feel free to send a comment or PM and I will get back to you ASAP!

Have fun!

Step 1: The Video

Here's the video of the transmission! Feel free to watch it and then go on to the next step to build it!

Step 2: The Motor Section

Whoa, the first thing is the motor! We're off to a good start, I'd say. Okay, now let's build it! I'll catch up with you in the next step.

Step 3: The Gears Pt. 1

This is the first part of the mechanism that does the reversing! Hey, ya know, if the power pack on the motor had a switch there'd be no need to build this! That's not too encouraging...sorry

Step 4: The Gears Pt. 2

The second set of gears! And, yeah, despite what it looks like, this is necessary.

Step 5: Putting It All Together!

You know, it doesn't do you too much good to have something that's not put together, so that's what we'll do in this step! After you put it together, you only have one more really long step till you're done!

Step 6: The Switch

The part that changes the direction of the gears! I bet this is what you came here for!

Step 7: Done!

Great job! You finished your transmission! Just plug the motor in, flip the switch and watch the fan at the end spin in different directions! If it doesn't work all the time, just add more tires on the switch. It'll make it work better.

Oh, and if you want to, you can add a picture of your transmission in a comment and it'll be added to this step!

Thanks for building!

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    49 Comments

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    gabrielhunter1225
    gabrielhunter1225

    5 weeks ago

    I've been looking for something to make my knex ball machine elevator work. It needed to go up and down with the gray motor. This helped a ton! Thanks!

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    knexpro7575
    knexpro7575

    Question 2 months ago

    IS it possible if you could use the newer style green motor for this? I have a feeling it will work with that motor in particular.

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    www139
    www139

    Answer 6 weeks ago

    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, you could attach any motor you want to this, but I chose a plug in motor because all the other motors have a switch to change the direction.

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    The Knex Inventor
    The Knex Inventor

    5 years ago

    Great transmission! Awesome job! Favorited. :-)

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks! Thanks! :D

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    Sure! :D

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    8-)

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    (0_0)

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    <:-<)

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    —

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    (ºlº)

    U

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 5 years ago

    :)