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Knex Ball machine Twister - TGKTR3 Entry - Now with video! Answered

Wohoo!

I finally finished my ball machine. Its by far my biggest build, eating thousands of pieces and many hours. I'm happy with the result though. It features a few larger elements, such as the "Yin Yang" as seen on KI, a switching element made of ball switchers, a large spiral bowl, a big arm dropper and a 2 stage element. All together it comes to over 90 feet of track!

The other main part of this ball machine is the lift mechanism, called "switchers" (I think...)
They are really cool. One of the drawbacks is that they require a fair bit of energy to work, so I had to gear my motors down t have enough torque. So its a bit slow, but I think its well worth it.

But enough of my biased intro, have a look for yourself!

Oh yeah, and thanks to The knex weasel, darth trainman, shadowman39, I used their ideas in this ball machine. Also thanks to Gortess, whom I borrowed a few pieces from.

Other cool facts...
Took a month and a bit to build
Took 2 hours to take apart
Uses 7000 pieces
Has over 90 feet of track!

Enjoy!

The video has arrived! Sorry for the wait. Hope you enjoy it.

Here's the direct link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b6WTZWN23Y


I had to repost the video on a different account, so your comments/ratings are gone now, sorry. For anyone interested, there was 400 views when I took it down.

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Jesus.
Jesus.

10 years ago

Theres going to be 20 in  OBLIVION

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

There's 25 in Labyrinth.

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Electroinnovation
Electroinnovation

Reply 10 years ago

there's gonna be 40 in godzilla...oh sorry I thought we were naming random junk. haha my bad...wow this is an old conversation...U ALL BETTER REREAD IT FOOLLLSSS lol i love doing that...i mean who doesnt. I used to be sooo different....haha i shud get a life

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Leigo Andre
Leigo Andre

Reply 8 years ago

If you were to build one like the labyrinth, you probably could, with it going around your house.

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

Reply 10 years ago

your kidding riht cause i only saw 10

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

No, there's actually 19.

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

Reply 10 years ago

by th eway did you make wipe out just so you could make a video of it and are you working on a new ball machine

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

Reply 10 years ago

in that case the video was really bad becuase he did not take a video of each path but the ball machine is really cool

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

He tends to make his videos like that. :-P

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Jesus.
Jesus.

Reply 10 years ago

Labyrinth? link?

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Jesus.
Jesus.

Reply 10 years ago

He said 19 paths.

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, okay. I don't know why I thought it had 25, lol.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 10 years ago

There needs to be a machine with over 9000 paths.

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Leigo Andre
Leigo Andre

Reply 8 years ago

If you were to build one like the labyrinth, you probably could, with it going around your house.

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

Reply 10 years ago

yah cause there was 10 in wipe out

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mathsboy314
mathsboy314

Reply 9 years ago

Track 5 splits halfway, so I would count it as 10.

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knexsuperbuilderfreak
knexsuperbuilderfreak

10 years ago

where did you find the halp looped tyhing with drop in the center i would like to add it to my current ball machine

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Its an element I came up with... There are a few others though, search "Yin yang" on youtube to find a few.

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

10 years ago

the lifts are a bit slow but the ball machine is very cool

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knexsuperbuilderfreak
knexsuperbuilderfreak

11 years ago

hey iac i saw a post on your orange borad and i can post on there so im posting here

but i was wording if your could help me(plz pm me and i will tell you)

and i just had to give you this


below is what you posted
pics.bmp
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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

Ive seen those videos far to many times... Go ahead and pm me. I just posted those to show someone on KI, I couldn't post them there for some reason,

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coolsonic45
coolsonic45

Reply 11 years ago

what does pm mean and by the way u used a ball arm that was in project NAOANO

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

NAOANA?

PM = private message.

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coolsonic45
coolsonic45

Reply 11 years ago

kk plz pm me how tomake the my lift keeps braking

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

I need more information than that if you want any help :-p

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coolsonic45
coolsonic45

Reply 11 years ago

can u show how to make the lift plz and the teaghter totter

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

There's close ups in the photos here.

There's an instructable for the lift too.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Yep. Its a poor instructable though.

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Jesus.
Jesus.

Reply 10 years ago

It's NANO, not NAOANA.

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smilee
smilee

Reply 11 years ago

Do you have a Photobucket account if you do can you give me a link??

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

I do, but there is nothing on there I want anyone to see apart from to photos I post here, so there is no reason.

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

10 years ago

 I am rating .5 stars untill you remove the keyword "gun" from the tags, when you remove it i will rate 5 stars like it deserves. I do not want to see this is the knex gun top rated page. Not cool.

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Orangeprofessor
Orangeprofessor

Reply 10 years ago

by the way where did you get the purple tubing from

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TheChemiker
TheChemiker

Reply 10 years ago

This is a forum topic.  And there is no "knex gun top rated page".  There is just a top rated page.

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GrandeSwag
GrandeSwag

Reply 10 years ago

I am rating all of your instructables .5 stars because you care about rating.

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=SMART=
=SMART=

11 years ago

WOAH, this is AMAZING !!!!!!!! This is what knex should be used for, not bloomin gunz !!

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 11 years ago

Your cannon will tear this ball tower to shreds.

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Hiyadudez
Hiyadudez

Reply 11 years ago

Oh my god! I could just imagine that! Firing his heavy cannon at this at point blank...

Duck and cover!

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 11 years ago

I also had the idea of someone building both the heavy cannon and the knexsayer, and putting the knexsayer right in front of the barrel of heavy cannon, then having the heavy cannon firing right into its side.

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Pizzapie500
Pizzapie500

Reply 10 years ago

Aww I wish I saw this comment earlier! I had both made and I took them apart piece by piece! =(

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 11 years ago

I agree, there are too many Knex guns.