Introduction: Knex Spiral/Circle Maker
This machine is one that makes spirals and circles on paper. I mostly use this machine for fun, but the designs from it could be useful if you do some thinking. If you want it to go a little faster, you could put a grey motor in it, or gear the green motor down. I didn't, cause this way is way more simple, and the speed is fast enough for me.
Step 1: Parts Count
These are all the parts you will need to make this machine:
White - 25
Yellow - 5
Purple 3D - 36
Green - 8
Red - 12
Dark Grey - 4
Yellow - 1
White - 46
Green - 83
Y-Clip - 2
Tan Clip - 1
Blue Spacer - 1
Markers/Pens (more about this on step 5)
Step 2: Motor Case
The first step to making this machine is building the case that holds the motor. If you don't have enough pieces, you can modify the case so it doesn't take as much. The way I do it uses more pieces, but it looks better and more complete, but it doesn't need to have that much.
Step 3: Motor Time!
Now it is time to get the motor into the case! This part is really easy, it is just putting the motor in and snapping the case together.
Step 4: Paper Holder
This is the part that holds the paper. Like the case, there doesn't need to be this many pieces on it, but the more pieces you have on it the smoother your spirals will be. (up to a point)
Step 5: Adding the Paper
Now you are as good as done! All you need to do yet is get your paper and put it in, and get out your pens/markers. I like using lots of different colors, and switching around some, cause it makes the final result look way better than just one color.
Although I don't have it here, I highly recommend using think paper or thin cardboard (like cereal box cardboard) and put it between the paper and the paper-holder. With it is is easier, more fun, and it makes better circles and spirals than if you don't have it in. (I compare with and without on the last picture)
Step 6: Done!
You have finished the spiral art machine! Great job!
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Participated in the
Make It Move Contest 2017