Cataclysm Knex Ball Machine

Introduction: Cataclysm Knex Ball Machine

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After over a year of construction, Cataclysm is finally finished! It has 6 paths and 10 lifts. 8 of those lifts are new. It stands almost 8 feet high. I haven't counted the pieces yet, but I will soon. The 10 lifts are organized into 3 networks, each network having two paths. I had to buy many pieces while building, most of which were blue connectors, blue rods, and green rods. I completely ran out of yellow rods. A Lego train runs around the bottom of the ball machine. :-)

This used 16 AA and 3 C batteries to power the motors.

Construction was started on May 25, 2009, and I finished on September 25, 2010.

The grand total of pieces is 28,538!

Click here for the picture album, with higher quality pictures!

Here is the video!


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    Ethan1023
    Ethan1023

    3 years ago

    I love the green tunnels you utilized in this build and in the Citadel.

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    Shadowman39
    Shadowman39

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! I was planning on making a long curving one in my unfinished ball machine, so it was built into Citadel instead.

    How much K'nex do you have? And how did you get it all? Buying sets? Ebay? And did you buy them yourself, or did someone else buy them?

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    Shadowman39
    Shadowman39

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I have 40-50,000 pieces, and most were bought from Ebay. Recently I started buying them with my own money, but lots of the other pieces were for birthday/Christmas presents.

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    www139
    www139

    6 years ago on Introduction

    have the balls ever hit each other on the race track?!

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    Shadowman39
    Shadowman39

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    No, one ball was always delayed so they wouldn't collide.

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    WOW!!!!!! that would never work for me!

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    hunter999
    hunter999

    6 years ago on Introduction

    haha - just realized that you posted this on by birthday, I feel special!

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    hunter999
    hunter999

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice ball machine! Very innovative and ingenious! :-)

    Do you have any idea where I can get some closer images or instructions on the element in 2:29 - 2:33 ?

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    Shadowman39
    Shadowman39

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I don't have access to any pictures right now, but if I remember I'll make a Cataclysm album on Flickr this weekend.

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    Tazmjm69
    Tazmjm69

    6 years ago

    You have built some insanely cool stuff!!

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    www139
    www139

    7 years ago on Introduction

    wow!We have maybe 10,000-15,000 pieces.I'm a Christian too! How did you embed your video? Thats a photo of part of our ball machine a week ago.

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    Shadowman39
    Shadowman39

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! Do you build with someone else? (I noticed you said "we"). To embed the video there's an icon near the right side, and when you click it you can paste the embed code there. 

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    www139
    www139

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    My brother (Weston) helps me he's a good helper!!

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    www139
    www139

    7 years ago on Introduction

    we're new to this what grade are you in?How many pieces do you have?
    are you in school if so what grade are you in?