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Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:27:08 pm »
Some of you may already know that I was constructing a humongous knex ball machine. For those who don't, well, it's large!
And I finally managed to finish it after more than one year of constructing.
Well, for the full description and the full picture gallery please visit http://www.sorunome.de/knex/ballmachines/catastropha/
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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 02:41:02 pm »
How often do parts fail?

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 02:44:28 pm »
I'll check the details at another date, but I am watching the video, now :)

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 02:47:02 pm »
how often does balls fly out of it or does it get stuck?
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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 02:49:33 pm »
Well, it sadly doesn't work far to good, even thought I tested the tracks millennial times, but as construction took so long it suddenly didn't work anymore quite as good as it used to :(

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 02:56:05 pm »
I always had problems with constructions with moving parts. Knex isn't really made for huge moving parts and speeds that need a high speed camera to film. But you still made am awesome construction and you used some parts in ways that I never thought of.
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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 03:01:21 pm »
Well, I have a high speed cam, you see that on some parts of the vid.
And I don't want to think of taking that apart, my boxes are WAY to small that all pieces would fit in as while building I kept buying new parts! D:

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 03:06:24 pm »
Wow, holy crap that is freaking awesome! All those lifts and tracks were really cool and I cannot wait to get back home in a few months to play with my collection again! So that I can set aside a budget, around how much did this endeavor cost you?

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 03:08:55 pm »
Well, first of all thanks a lot!
Since I grew up with knex I had already a bit, ok, I could have just built about half the ball machine.
And to costs..... like 3-400€ I think. I didn't spend money on something else than knex :D

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 03:14:53 pm »
Wow, cool o.o So I should put aside about $700 dollars to buy the pieces here in the US... :D I've only gotten about 3 or 4 kits and made mini projects. For example, I made a tank/plow thing that could push a 15kg box of books across a smooth floor (otherwise, parts would fly off from the strain) :D I once made a 1:1200 gear ration and I put a piece between two gears and it snapped o.o
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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 03:20:14 pm »
So I should put aside about $700 dollars to buy the pieces here in the US.
ALL of the pieces? O.O

This is a really awesome ball machine! :D I've only ever built 1 ball machine out of K'nex and it only had 2 paths, each with only 1 feature XD I loved all the different paths and lifts you used, it must have taken you forever! 

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2012, 03:24:41 pm »
Woah astonishing! It must have taken so long to create this. I enjoy watching the video of it so far because it kinda reminds me Rube Goldberg Machines stuff. By the way does it tend to jam a lot? One thing I wonder is how at 7:13 the ball didn't fall O.O

I had Knex blocks for a while but I never made anything other than fans.

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2012, 03:26:40 pm »
Thanks a lot!

And to Xeda,
Knex is unfortunately in Germany very expencive, and I know that you can get a lot of knex in the US VERY cheep, you just have to wait for the correct moment on ebay.

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2012, 09:52:20 pm »
That is awesome, Sorunome!  It probably looks even better in person; I can't imagine standing next to that thing.

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Re: Knex Ball Machine Catastropha
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2012, 10:02:47 pm »
Wow that's rather huge. I did something like that, but it was only 5 feet tall and had like 2 paths. Did you thought of all this by yourself or you used some plans?

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