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Knex Ball Machine - Off the Wall Answered

Hey!

Here's the most recent project of mine. Its a ball machine build entirely in my bathroom. It was a fun challenge and produced a very unique ball machine I think. Nothing too fantastic in terms of elements or anything. The triple loop, chain slide, the geared ferris wheel and perhaps the double helix thingys are the only things worth really noting.

Anyway, hope you folks like it. Sorry about the photos being so dark, its hard to get good lighting in a small room with no windows.

Enjoy!

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnc-BIQzoWo

Update:
Total piece count: 8891.
That makes Sproutless the winner with a guess of 18,500. Congrats!

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knexinventer
knexinventer

9 years ago

tht is cool but why did you build it in the bathroom?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

As a unique challenge.

And thanks :-)

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DB2016
DB2016

9 years ago

Any mention of the toilet would be FAR too easy, so...

How long does it take for the ball to travel all the way around?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

It changes quite a lot for the different paths, the longest one... Perhaps 20 seconds?

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DB2016
DB2016

Reply 9 years ago

Wow.

That's very impressive, if I tried that my dad would axe it all down and tell me to clean up the mess haha. Very cool!

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

Thankfully my parents are fairly tolerant :-)

Thanks!

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DB2016
DB2016

Reply 9 years ago

No problem. Will you post?

Just kidding. That is sick man, can't wait to see what's next.

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knexsuperbuilderfreak

I was wanting to make something like this to but i was affraid id loose parts...

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

few green rods went down the bath drain, but I think those were the only losses :-)

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

9 years ago

Does it get in the way at all?? Also i like how you built this with intent on challenging yourself, not to just post a giant mega thingy to post.

I LIKE IT!!! XD

-Kevin

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

Just a bit, its not a huge deal. Thanks very much friend!

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username252
username252

9 years ago

So how do you shower without wetting the knex?

Nice job though, and it bring small entertainment to anyone that's using the bathroom.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 9 years ago

I use the shower in the other bathroom :-)

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Tornado96
Tornado96

10 years ago

How did I not notice this??? I remember seeing i on youtube a while ago. Great ball machine dude. How did you convince your parents to let you do that? :-P

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks! My parents were all for it actually :-)

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Tornado96
Tornado96

Reply 10 years ago

Lol If only...

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

Quit complaining, you have a huge patio to build in. :-P

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Tornado96
Tornado96

Reply 10 years ago

Good point >:-D

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

...which gets so hot that it warps your Knex. :-)

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

I take it you folks know each other...?

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

Yes, haha.

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Randomguy65
Randomguy65

Reply 10 years ago

Wait, you seriously know Tornado? Like you've met him in person?

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

No, we know each other via Skype.

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

Reply 9 years ago

Yo, Lets skype sometime. kevinc9933

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 9 years ago

Funny that you say this, because I added you a few days ago. :-P You just haven't come online yet.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Called? Its just an ordinary chain link lift.

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patriots8888
patriots8888

Reply 10 years ago

sorry im not very good at knex and i might want to build that lift

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

I like to call it Larry, but it goes by a pile of names. I'm sure there's an instructable on how to make it someplace.

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Randomguy65
Randomguy65

10 years ago

Nice! I LOVE the element on the lower right. :-)

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks! It works well, I like it too.

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The_Lost_Carrot
The_Lost_Carrot

10 years ago

lol i fell for the mirror trick i actually thought it went further back!

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bnsfwarbonnet
bnsfwarbonnet

10 years ago

i like your ball machine esecially the mirror effect. That was funny when all your pieces was in the tub. Also I just finished my first ball machine.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks and congrats!

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

10 years ago

I love it! :-) The micro loops are my favorite part.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks! I liked them too. Kinda ripped them off one of your older ball machines I think :-p

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

Haha, that would be Wipe Out. :-P Do the Knex pieces get wet in the shower?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Thats the one :-)

I never actually showered in that tub, we have a nicer shower that we use instead.

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Shadowman39
Shadowman39

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, cool. I guess it would get wet though.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Yep. Not sure if that does them any harm though.

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webby427
webby427

10 years ago

Nice music, and AMAZING ball machine.

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instruct39
instruct39

10 years ago

looks great!, do you actually use that shower with it in there?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 10 years ago

Nah, our other bathroom has a much nicer shower anyways, so we just use that.

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instruct39
instruct39

Reply 10 years ago

haha! i figured that anyways, its the same way at my house, except the shower we dont use doesnt have knex in it :P