New K'nex Ball Machine Update 1



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 everyone this is an update on my new ball machine. At the moment it has 3 out of 14 paths completed but building has momentarily stopped due to lack of pieces ;) These pictures show its development over the last 6 months from the very first lift to how it stands in my room now while I am writing this. A video preview of the ball machine should be out soon (If my computer decides to work). It should hopefully be completed within the summer of 2015 and I will post a video of the whole thing working and another instructable on it so stay tuned ;)

Thanks to Shadowman for the lift and path separator and all the other knexers for inspiration I hope you all enjoy it.

-Northern Fields-

P.S if anybody can think of a name for it please comment because I have absolutely no clue what to call it ;P

Step 1: Getting Bigger...

In these pictures the framework begins to get larger and I have created a white connector flooring for the main lift. No paths or real path separators have been made but there is another small chain lift in front of my window

Step 2: Paths Starting

In these pictures I have started on paths but most noticeable of all is that I have lengthened the frame work so it goes completely over my window and the chain lift is now nearer to my bed. Unfortuneately, because the frame work is longer it has sagged so after this I have supported it better.

Step 3: First 3 Paths Done

This is the stage I am up to now I hope you enjoy the pictures ;P



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    36 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Wow! Just saw that you posted the new paths, very nice! Still don't think I have enough parts ;)

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    hahaha me too I have got some more coming tho so hopefully Ill be able to get the paths all finished by the end of summer ;)

    Thank you so much I like the flooring too I always want to make that bit of the machine look as cool as possible ;) Thank you so much are you working on anything now ?

    No problem!

    Yes, a ball machine is in development, I hope to finish it somewhere summer 2015 but I'm not sure about that.

    Oooo really I can't wait it seems so many people have ball machines in construction and everyone wants to be finished this summer hahaha ;) will it be an around the room one or a free standing one like paradox? I bet it's going to be amazing in fact im sure of it ;)

    Ooo there's a contest really so I could enter if mine was finished ? ;) what's the prize for winning? ohhh haha I can't wait ;P

    oh is that the rods and connectors one? I think I've heard about it it sounds good will you enter it as well? Because if so I have no hope ;D

    I hope to finish my machine in time, but I'm not sure if there is enough time left, I still have quite a lot to do :)

    Well I'm not sure I will be in time :p But I won't rush it to be able to enter the contest, if it's not finished then I don't enter.

    Sweet, this is looking awesome! I love this style of machine. I really like the half loop into the arm lift, and also the arrangement of the machine is cool as well, using the shelves. Can't wait to see when its done!

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    Thanks so much your really the person who inspired me to do this I mean it can't just be you and Austron building these hey ;D Thank you so much it means a lot to me I mean I'd love for this to be anywhere near as good as convolution was but really your the master of this style are you building anything now? ;)

    Yea, I'm working on a new machine. I might post a video update on YouTube mid spring, but there are some pictures of it on SSCoasters.

    Ooo I look forward to seeing that do you have a name for it? for some reason I can't get on to sscoasters so I can't see them ;(