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Amazing Wooden Marble Machine Answered

This wooden marble machine is packed with cool ways of moving a metal marble up, up, and up. It's an amazing labor of love, that's for sure, and one I wish I could see in person.

Skip to 2:30 for the explanation of what happens. At 8:00 the runthrough begins.

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didgitalpunk
didgitalpunk

10 years ago

this marble machine is simply amazingly incredibly awsome!!!!!!!!!!!! keep on the good job man and good luck!

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deadeye
deadeye

10 years ago

loved it  i`m a fan of rube goldberg machines.  one of the best i`ve seen. fantastic workmanship and detail.

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kcls
kcls

11 years ago

At 8:24 in the vid, how did the marble travel up?!?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

See my reply to Ed, Mar 5, 2010 1:13 pm.

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Sycan
Sycan

11 years ago

Amazing! Remarkable piece of artgineering. I have to wonder if you conceptualized this whilst channelling DaVinci. Wooden machinery always brings the renaissance period to mind. Great job. Now, if you could only scale it up to bowling ball size....

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psbuckley
psbuckley

11 years ago

Awesome machine!
How does the anti-gravity hill work?

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Magic?

My guess is a bunch of magnets that are under the ramp. The piece on top moves the magnets back and forth, allowing the metal ball to move up.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

I think you're right.  As the magnet gets near the top of that ramp, you can see a pendulum operating at the high end (see 8:24 to 8:26). Earlier, you see this subassembly by itself (3:30ff), and in one shot  (3:39ff) you see the marble walking up flat wood between fixed pins.  It goes it little jumps in time with the pendulum.  I suspect the latter is ratcheting a hidden magnet up a string.

The same thing should be possible using interleaved flippers, but perhaps not as reliably.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

11 years ago

This is amazing and I am quite baffled as some points!

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scmorgan
scmorgan

11 years ago

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing an inspirational work of art and engineering. I enjoyed watching it. I will be showing this to my sons (5 & 4). They will get a thrill out of this too. I do woodworking, but haven't attempted a marble machine. You've motivated me.

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wenpherd
wenpherd

11 years ago

Thats crazy awesome.

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The Jamalam
The Jamalam

11 years ago

I am using some of these components in my project quatro K'nex. I hope he doesn't mind.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

Between this and the OK Go Rube Goldberg Machine, I must admit I'm feeling rather dazzled!

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Seriously. Hard to believe two such machines showed up in the same week.

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diane58
diane58

11 years ago

Thank you for creating!

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tiltmonkey
tiltmonkey

11 years ago

That is an incredible piece of work! A truly beautiful machine. I can't even saw straight.