Liten a K'nex Ball Machine




About: I make K'nex Ball Machines. Here you'll find instructions for some of my simpler projects and photo diaries of my more complex machines. I'm still in the process of building a ball machine larger than any be...

Hello this is a kind of instruction guide to my new ball machine Liten.

The instructions are very limited because I had to break it up very quickly to start on my next project. The aim was to fit a interesting ball machine into a cube 1 red rod by 1 red rod. There is a simple step lift and a small white tile track leading back down, a ball machine built more to be simple but have good aesthetics rather than looking huge and bulky. It is powered by a 12 volt motor and has a ball storage space underneath. I hope the pictures help if you have any questions please ask me.

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Step 1: The Base

Bottom of the machine where the motor sits. Fairly simple.

Step 2: One Side

This has part of the step lift rails built into it.

Step 3: Another Side

umm yeah more side look closely at where some of the white rods are.

Step 4: Yet Another Side

look closely again

Step 5: Last Side

Bit easy but yeah.

Step 6: The Step Lift Thingee Bit

look very closely at this one more challenging.

Step 7: Motor Bit

should be straight forward

Step 8: Floor/path Bit

These go in the middle of the machine and attach to the white connectors on the sides

Step 9: Ummm Yeah

Ii hope these pictures helped at the start I did say they weren't complete instructions as I had to rush to take the machine apart but hopefully after making those pieces and looking at the completed machine you should be able to piece it all together. If it doesn't work please tell me and I will try and help as best I can. I know they aren't very good instructions and I apologise in advance if you become stuck on anything. I hope this helps ;)



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    3 years ago

    Im seriously gonna start building this!! C:


    4 years ago on Introduction

    you're right to call this a ball machine. It has a lift, a path, a white floor, a motor, and an element! It's very creative!


    4 years ago

    I like your aim with this concept (whether I translated it correctly is a different story) what I see is a ball machine component rather than an entire machine. So lets say you had four cube components you could attach them together and make a ball machine, and change it simply by rearranging the cubes.
    If that wasn't your aim its still cool, and it looks like I got a lot of cubes to build in my future.
    Thanks for inspiration!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    hahaha thank you so much I see what you mean I was just trying to fit the most interesting ball machine I could into a 1 red rod by 1 red rod cube but I see how it could be slightly adapted to suit what your saying that is a good idea. Like those marble runs where the blocks all line up and then you can replace the blocks to make it go in a different direction like a module of some sort. I'm glad I inspired you I like your concept thank you ;P


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! I might make this. You also might want to put your Knex instructables in the Knex category.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks I'm glad you like it so much send me a picture if you do I don't think they are very good instructions but the next thing I'm making certainly will and thank you I will :)