K'nex Incline Chain Lift

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Introduction: K'nex Incline Chain Lift

About: I Started K'nex 1 year ago.

This is the K'nex Incline Chain Lift that I designed.


I first built the track for the balls based on other K'nex builds. It worked quite well. However, I decided to design a track of my own.

This version of the lift, uses the track design that I came up with. The track is quite smooth and the balls do not sit on the chain. Instead, the chain has a small channel of its own below the ball guides.

Here are the counts of the pieces.

Rods (216 total)

  • Green - 60
  • White - 29
  • Blue - 40
  • Yellow - 13
  • Red - 41 (42 if you don't have a Tan rod)
  • Tan - 1 (Rigid Rod. Use a red if none available)
  • Grey - 32

Connectors (181 total) - (connection points in brackets)

  • Blue Wheel-axle (1) - 3 (Can use the grey connector if none available)
  • Grey (1) - 14
  • Tan (2) - 4
  • Orange (2) - 8
  • Red (3) - 30
  • Green (4) - 2
  • Grey 3D (4) - 53
  • Yellow (5) - 46
  • Blue 3D (7) - 15
  • White (8) - 6

Misc Parts (128 total)

  • Red Gears - 6
  • Silver Spacers - 8
  • Blue Spacers - 16
  • Tan Interlock Clip - 6
  • Black Y Clip - 20
  • Chain Links - 71
  • Green Motor - 1 (Any motor will do - Just the speed will differ)

Grand total of 525 K'nex pieces

Step 1: Main Structure

Step 2: Chain Guides

Step 3: Track for the Chain and Balls

Step 4: Chain With 14 Lifters

Step 5: Input and Output Trays and Motor

Step 6: Optional: Supports for Structure

Step 7: K'nex Incline Chain Lift Junior

I have also created a smaller version of this lift called K'nex Incline Chain Lift Junior. The link is below:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Incline-Chai...

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    2 Discussions

    Sweet lift! I have I few ideas for a tiny machine, and if I actually get around to making it I would maybe use the junior lift if you make instructions for it.

    I think the vids would be better if you edited some off the front of them, but everything else on this instructable looks amazing!

    That's a fun build! Thanks for sharing :)