Renovative: Ball Machine Elements

Introduction: Renovative: Ball Machine Elements

About: I am a lover of trains and I do model railroading with HO scale. I also railfan! I build many things with K'nex for inside and outside no matter the weather (unless the motor is not water proof). I have loved …

Hello fellow builders! I just thought that after I posted my new ball machine Renovative, I would put up the elements that I used for this ball machine. Hope you enjoy!

Step 1: Ball Storage

This element is only somewhat of a ball machine element. Its not really part of any path, but its used for storing the balls away when you finish the days worth of ball machine entertainment.

Step 2: Tracks

Basic tracks of the usual, that's all.....with the usual yellow 5-way connectors, blue rods, green rods, and rarely any white rods.

Step 3: Lift

This is your ordinary chain lift. It has been changed, tested and replaced only a couple of times. It is nothing fancy, but just regular. Please note: Sometimes it is very hard to make a chain lift, so always have backup ideas in mind for when the lift does not work.

Step 4: Starter

The starter ( what I call it ) is the beginning of the balls journey through this big ball machine. This element has a short slide then a green flexi rod slide. This element is designed to give the ball a little force before moving on.

Step 5: Path Switcher

You all know the basic purpose of the path switcher and what it does. This path switcher has a small chance that it will stay on that path 1-2 times. Trust me, I've tested it and it happened couple of times.

Step 6: Drop-and-roll! Path 1

This is my Drop-and-roll! knex element. It is kind of like a dropper, but afterwards, it rolls on, on the element! Thas how it work!

Step 7: Hole Drop, Path 2

It drops through a hole and drops onna wheel dropper and heads to the lift. Simple.

Step 8: Push Up Lift: Path 2

Although this is a lift, this is an ending-type lift, meaning a lift at the end of the path.

Step 9: Thas All!

I hope you enjoyed and will see you guys ''knex'' time in my next Instructables! Bye for now!

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    14 Comments

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    knexpert6
    knexpert6

    3 months ago

    nice :D

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thx! The hard work I took to make this payed off!

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    Creater0479
    Creater0479

    Reply 2 months ago

    Amazing dude, how did you come up with this!!!!!

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 2 months ago

    Well, it all started with the starter and the lift. After lots of fixes, replacing, and tests on the lift, it came down to the lift that works. Later in the building, the first path came together, and then I started on the second one. With that having fixes and testing, it all came together. Then I started retesting the lift with the actual knex balls and at that point was the lift having a bit of troubles. And soon, it all came to one piece, couple glitches in the system, but still works!

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    Creater0479
    Creater0479

    Reply 2 months ago

    Wow so that was a lot of trail and error huh?
    How long did it take?

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 2 months ago

    3 months. And yes. Lots of trial and errors!

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    Creater0479
    Creater0479

    Reply 2 months ago

    Wow........... That must have been hard for you.
    But you didn’t give up did you?! (LOL)

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 2 months ago

    I did not! I thought to myself, "Why give up? I am getting close to the finish. I can't just stop and take apart all my hard work!" And yes it was hard, but hey, its my first complete ball machine! I could be making more in the future! The more expirienced, the better I get! So, some point I will have a ball machine so big like all other ball machines are!

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    Creater0479
    Creater0479

    Reply 2 months ago

    Yea

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 2 months ago

    Agree! Determination is one of many keys to success!

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    Creater0479
    Creater0479

    Reply 2 months ago

    Determination always works right?

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 3 months ago

    Did you take a look at the videos?

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    knexpert6
    knexpert6

    Reply 3 months ago

    yes very nice

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    Knexified
    Knexified

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thx!