Intro: More K'nex Ball Machine Elements
When building my latest and so far biggest K'nex ball machine, I've used a few elements which weren't on Instructables yet. I didn't describe all elements used in this machine, just the ones which weren't featured here yet.
It's also a nice chance to show some pictures of my 332 cm(130 Inch, 10,9 feet) tall machine itself! It's the biggest I've ever seen, and also the biggest on Instructables. As you can see I had to take out one of the ceiling plates to fit it in.
In K'nex terms, it's 21,5 red rod blocks tall.
Step 1: The Grabbing Dropping Arm
This arm grabs a ball at the end of a 45 degree down sloped path. It then releases it, and makes the ball fall into a basket below.
By sliding the counterweight up and down, you can tune the speed with which the arm moves.
Step 2: Simple Basket
This is a very simple basket, which fits really well into the red rod towers I always use. It uses 4 big triangular plates.
Step 3: Spiral Stairs
The stairs themselves are nothing new. I've always had problems making them long enough, so for this ball machine, I've cutted a piece of wooden rod. In this one, it's as long as two red rods(with a connector inbetween) I guess you can make them as long as you like.
Step 4: Rotator
Another one which fits into a red rod tower. This one uses an engine shaft to power two rods. These rotate the balls through, onto another path.