Knex Rod Sorting Machine

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Introduction: Knex Rod Sorting Machine

About: You can find me over on Knexflux! https://knexflux.net

This is a rod sorting machine me and Black Panther Knex made. If you subscribe to one of us then make sure to subscribe to the other! Feel free to ask if you have any questions! :) Remember: This is part 1 of 2. Part two is the connector Sorter! Click here for instructions!

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Step 1: Part Count

Time to gather all pieces!

Rods
Yellow rods  - 35
Blue rods - 136
Green rods - 100
Total Rods: 271

Connectores

White conns - 32
Green conns - 12
Red conns - 10
Dark grey - 94
Blue conns - 20
Purple conns - 84
Yellow conns - 37
Total Connectores: 289

Other

Tan lock - 2

Grand Total:562

Step 2: Frame Side One


Just follow the pics and pay attention on image notes.

Step 3: Frame Side Two


Now you'll make the second side of the frame. Again, read image notes. !!!!-Important-!!!!! don't put the frames together after this step!

Step 4: Sorter Part 1


Again, read the image notes.

Step 5: Sorter Part 2


Again, read image notes!

Step 6: Sorter Ceiling


Again, read image notes.

First picture: 15 blue rods and 30 yellow connectores, there are two next to each other. In between each yellow connector is a green rod (It gave an error when trying to type that as image note).

Step 7: Putting Things Together


...not much left! Soon it will be easy for you to sort your rods! :)

And don't forget to subscribe to us! ;)

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123 Discussions

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random_builder
random_builder

4 years ago

I wish I had this when I got the pieces to make it.

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That_Jamie_S_Guy
That_Jamie_S_Guy

5 years ago

Ahh...should've built this before spending hours sorting the new k'nex I bought before making my ball machine xD

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

It is actually quicker to sort manually than with this thing :P It's more like a proof-of-concept :)

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martijnb95
martijnb95

5 years ago on Introduction

I would kill for an automated knex sorting machine lol! i like this :)

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Good thing that I'm currently working on a ball machine ^^

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martijnb95
martijnb95

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

looking forward to the final result. are you near finishing?

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martijnb95
martijnb95

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

i have seen that one, just wondering how the progress is beyond :)

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

If you stumble around twitter you *might* find some images ^^

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martijnb95
martijnb95

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

you might have a new follower on twitter, just maybe....

looks nice :) it is going to be a tall one eh? :)

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knex akbar
knex akbar

6 years ago on Introduction

what happens if i thrown in multiple rods at the same time? will it still be 100% perfectly be sorted?

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

No idea, havent tried. But then again, try to fit multiple rods in there at the same time.
My guess is that it would work as it has no moving parts.

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www139
www139

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I think it would unless you have say a white rod on top of a red one. Then they would both come out the same hole.

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

No, if you look at the different size holes you'll realize that it does actually work. Well, it did at least for me ^^

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dozer789
dozer789

6 years ago on Introduction

I'm wondering if it would be faster to just sort them by hand? Instead of sending them down the chute. It's more fun to send them down the chute though. :D

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Yeah, it would probable be a lot faster.

This is more a proof-of-concept than anything else ;)

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dozer789
dozer789

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I don't think it was made for speed. :D

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Sorunome
Sorunome

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Haha, nope.
But it was kinda fun to come up with the whole concept ^.^

Very good idea! I think making a lower piece count would be good (as in how many pieces are needed to build). I only watched the video but it seems very good.