Bendy Spiral | a K'nex Ball Machine Element

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About: Excuse the cringe in my old instructables, I was 14.

Difficulty: Very Hard

Hello! Here is the final element from my k'nex ball machine 3XODUS. It is a spiral but doesn't use any tubing. This was a big challenge as I had to get the shape and steepness correct or the ball wouldn't roll down! I have made many improvements to it since it was on my ball machine. It is very well supported now. Remember that this is a very heavy element so make sure it is extremely well supported in your ball machine or it will fall off! Want to build it? Let's go!

Featured?! Thank you so much Instructables!

Step 1: Piece Count

Rods: 173

Green - 40

Blue -31

Yellow - 23

Red Bendy (Yellow size) - 35

Red - 21

Grey - 10

Purple Bendy (Grey size) - 13

Connectors: 153

1 Slot - 6

2 Slot (Orange) - 36

3 Slot - 15

5 Slot - 61

8 Slot - 3

7 Slot 3D - 11

4 Slot 3D - 21

Miscellaneous: 3

Metallic Blue Clip - 1

Y Clip - 2

Total: 329

Step 2: Frame

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Step 3: Railing

This is the hardest part, make sure you follow the steps VERY carefully

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Step 4: Guides and Extras

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Step 5: Path

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Step 6: Extra

Anywhere that the ball gets stuck, put this under the track that is having that problem. Over time, the element should sort itself out. Some places you may have to modify yourself.

Step 7: Finished!

You made it, well done! Please tell me what you think of it down in the comments! Subscribe for more builds like this in your 'you' page. Favorite and share but more importantly, have a great day!

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    dvader1248

    1 year ago

    I am mostly going to use this in my ball machine

    this element is really cool

    thanks bro

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    dvader1248

    1 year ago

    hey everyone can someone please tell the diameter of one of those knex balls

    in inches please

    thanks

    thanks

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    FanPlastic

    3 years ago

    Good ible and Good job getting featured, but i'm kinda clueless... what does getting featured even mean?

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    That_Jamie_S_GuyFanPlastic

    Reply 3 years ago

    Featured means 3month pro membership for free and also it gets shown on the front page so you get tons more views. You also get an achievement. :)

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    That_Jamie_S_GuyFanPlastic

    Reply 3 years ago

    I just realised the name of my new gun (linking lightning carbine) has the same initials as the end of your name!