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Massive Lego Ball Machine - *proper* engineering ;-) Answered

My eldest sent me this very satisfying seven minutes of engineering:



Enjoy...

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Shadowman39

4 years ago

I always loved these Lego GBCs, especially the ones this guy makes since they are more mechanical than robotic. But, might I ask why you think Lego creations are proper engineering and Knex ones aren't?

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KitemanShadowman39

Reply 4 years ago

Mainly because comments like that wind up the K'NEXers...

;-)

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Shadowman39Kiteman

Reply 4 years ago

Oh, I see, haha. Neither of them is really proper engineering anyway, though I think complex Knex stuff is more impressive since Lego has so many different elements that make mechanisms easier to build.

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JM1999Shadowman39

Reply 4 years ago

In my opinion K'Nex is for engineering stuff like bridges because you can go a long way very quickly but if you want more detail in your design go Lego, it has way smaller pieces that can provide a lot of detail.

Uh... Those are legos... right? Like, isn't this the K'NEX forum, and like (I am purposely talking like a teenager here) isn't this the K'NEX forum? Not to be a stickler, but that video is like two years old, if that helps any.

Nope, they aren't legos, they're Lego, but we don't have a Lego forum, so this was the next best fit.

And the age doesn't reduce the coolness, does it?

Hmm, well, I don't know if I agree with you on the grammar there, but I see where you are coming from. As to the whole age this, I think it has a factor. Do you still think bell-bottoms are cool? LOL

It's a sheep thing.

You don't have lots of sheeps, and you don't have lots of Legos.

(I only wore bell-bottoms the first time around, me and Nelson.)

But could it be a socks thing. If you have multiple socks, you don't just have one sock, you have socks. -.0

You wore bell-bottoms? Wow... just... wow.

It's a brand name, they can do whatever they want with it. Technically we say K'nex for plural, not K'nexes. That's just awkward. Though I would agree that unconventionally I prefer saying Legos when referring to the parts and Lego when talking about the brand itself. It just sounds awkward like saying "look at all my Lego." I guess if it makes you feel better, say "Lego pieces" instead.

And what was a style back then =/= style now. I'm sure our grandchildren will give us crap for wearing hoodies as part of our outfits.

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kelseymhTheDunkis

Reply 4 years ago

Tsk, tsk! They're not "Lego pieces", they are "Lego bricks." Lego is a sophisticated interlocking brick system, not a toy.(*)

(*) Will Farrell, a.k.a. Lord Business.

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Wrong, technically, the have many other pieces than just bricks. Just search Lego Technic.

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myOmykelseymh

Reply 4 years ago

Wrong, technically, the have many other pieces than just bricks. Just search Lego Technic.

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sandroknexmaster

4 years ago

Those contraption are very useful for buildeing ball machines. I often watch them for new lift ideas :)

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www139

4 years ago

Cool! Amazing, need I say more?

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TheDunkis

4 years ago

Ball stuck about a minute in. Fail. I discredit entire contraption.

On a serious note, I really wish I had the resources and patience to work with Legos. They did really interest me more as a kid as a general building toy. So much more control and customization. Anyway, this is an amazing build. Perhaps a bit too many corkscrew-based lifts but otherwise a lot of creative parts.

On a silly note, the part at 1:40 was going -perfectly- to the beat of Shake it Off on the radio behind me at work (an otherwise annoying song), too perfectly.

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

I don't want to know how much money went into building this mahine from hell, but after checking a few prices I would say you can get a good second hand car for it.

And I have to say it is one of the most complicated way to move some balls, I would have just grabbed a bag for them ;)

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myOmy

4 years ago

That is some serious swagger right there, especialy for being made out of legos(but isn't this KNEX forums? :P) just teasing ya.

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KitemanmyOmy

Reply 4 years ago

See the ";-)" in the title..?

(Oh, and it's not legos, it's Lego, even when it's plural.)

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I.E.

4 years ago

oh wow that's cool

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KitemanI.E.

Reply 4 years ago

Isn't it just?