Knex Ball Machine Platinum

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About: Hi, I'm KneXtreme. I'm a Christian and I'm home schooled. I love to build with almost anything especially knex. I also do Taekwondo and collect coins. Just so you know, I don't hang around youtube ...
Here it is. My ball machine. For this ball machine I focused most of my pieces on elements which means there is at least one new type element on every path. Now, I'm emphasizing the word TYPE because of there being different TYPES of elements. Let's take path 4 for example, when I say "New element: Ferris wheel" I mean new TYPE of Ferris wheel, or when I say "New element: Panel drop" I mean new TYPE of panel drop. I know both of those elements exist all ready I just mean there a new TYPE.
Now let's get down to specifics. This ball machine contains 13 paths (or tracks), one lift, 3 motors, and 16 new elements.
Let me know If want me to post a guide of all the elements.
Oh! I all most forgot there is a element in track 6.1 that is not shown in the pictures on account of me building it afterwords.Enjoy the video!

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    KneXtreme

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Here is the link everybody to the elements https://www.instructables.com/id/KneXtremes-Guide-to-Ball-Machine-Elements/

    This is intimidating to my knex ball machine that I've been working on for 2 months

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    JSF521KneXtreme

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I would love that! Please also post your path selector, and the underside of your bowl structure at the base of your machine. I have always wondered how to put the proper bend in the bowl, and how to make good path selectors!

    Subbed.

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    KneXtremeJSF521

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually the path separator I used was built by bezempje95 but for whatever reason the video is private now, so sure I'll post the path selector, and I'll post the bowel. You should also check out martijnb95's bowel which is a little smaller. https://www.instructables.com/id/elevation-elements/#step1

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    JSF521KneXtreme

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, I have already seen that, but I meant the bowl system at the bottom of the machine. How do you set a good angle to feed the lift??? Also, I love how each element is used in several paths. Please post the ferris wheels (with the balls on the inside), and the arm assembly in the loops on Path #1.

    I love your projects!

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    KneXtremeJSF521

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    To be honest I just tinker around to get the angle I like. I'm not quite sure what ferris wheel your talking about? If you mean the the ferris wheel on track 10 those are not balls but gears. And if you mean the ball arm yes I am posting that. I hope that clears up some confusion.

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    JSF521KneXtreme

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    As to the bowl, 2 things.

    1: What pieces do you use to support the bowl structure?

    2: How do you connect the snowflakes so that they can bend like that???

    martijnb95's bowl used a sort of tension structure, building little pieces and connecting them at the rim to support and bend, but how on a larger scale??

    Thanks for all you help!!!

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    KneXtremeJSF521

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually the bowl is so big it sags from the weight, also the snowflakes just bend on there own. You can pretty much connect them any way you want.

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    JSF521KneXtreme

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The loops and ball arm assembly at the end of path 1, and the spinning circles on paths 6, 7, and 8. (balls enter the circles on 6, 7, and exit on 8). Also, how did you do the half-loop, and make the transition on path 1 from the loops to the ball arm??? The ball went up, switched tracks, and came down. How??? ;)

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    KneXtremeJSF521

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I'll be post the loops and the ball arm soon. Oh! you mean the spinning circles, yes I'll be posting them as well in fact here is the link https://www.instructables.com/id/KneXtremes-Guide-to-Ball-Machine-Elements/

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    SorunomeJSF521

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    If I can help you, I made aswell a multiple path selector based on yardking's design. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Ball-Machine-Elemenit-Infinity-Switch/) It works for me pretty good. :)