K’nex: Binary Counter Instructable

Programmers’ joke:

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

Get it?

10 is the number 2 in binary.

I made an Instructable for the path separator I designed for my ball machine Grid Tower II. The binary counter is my most complicated path separator. It separates balls while at the same time counting in binary. Below are the video and link to the Instructable.

Binary Counter Instructable

-Knextus

K’nex: Grid Tower II

I built a K’nex ball machine that I call Grid Tower II. It has 1 network and 8 paths. The reason why it is called Grid Tower II is because it was originally based on my previous ball machine Grid Tower, but as I was building it, I decided to make it a castle-themed version of Grid Tower. I designed 2 of Grid Tower’s lifts, 1 of its path separators, and 15 of its elements! Below are some pictures and a video of Grid Tower II. See if you can spot the sloth and the binturong in the video! (Note: in the video, every time a new path starts, I move the binturong.)

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Grid Tower II, Side VIew

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Special thanks to:

MechanicalCreationMaster

www139

-Knextus

K’nex: Concatenation

I built a K’nex ball machine that I call Concatenation.  It has 3 networks and 10 paths.  It doesn’t work as well as my other ball machines, but I think it is cool anyway!  When building Concatenation, I tried something I had never done before:  combining two building systems, K’nex and Tetrix Prime.  Tetrix Prime is a building system designed for building robots, but I used it to build parts of Concatenation.  Below are some pictures and the video of Concatenation.  See if you can spot the 5 places I used Tetrix Prime on Concatenation!

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Special thanks to:

Sandroknexmaster

Tornado96

www139

-Knextus

 

 

 

 

K’nex: Rolling Illusions

My latest K’nex ball machine is called Rolling Illusions.  I called it Rolling Illusions because it is optical illusion themed.  It has 8 paths and 1 network. It has a total of 15 elements and 5 lifts.  See if you can spot all five optical illusions attached to the ball machine!

Below are some pictures and the video of Rolling Illusions:

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Sorry, I forgot to put the name of the music in the credits at the end of the video.  The name of the music is:

“Spring Mvt. 1 Allegro” and “Spring Mvt. 3 Allegro” by Antonio Vivaldi

Special thanks to:

Sandroknexmaster

-Knextus

 

K’nex: Balls That Play The Piano

My latest ball machine- Balls That Play The Piano- did not work out.  The reason why it failed is because I tried to build it on furniture (a piano).  I find that K’nex and furniture are not compatible because it is hard to build K’nex structures that can accommodate the inconsistencies of furniture sizes and shapes.  Here are the reasons why some of my earlier failed ball machines failed:

-Ball Machine in the Dining Room- I tried to build on countertops which like furniture are hard to build on because of inconsistencies.

-Crazy Moment- I tried to build it on a rug which in that case was an uneven surface.

-Trampoline Factory- I tried to build it on a rug which in that case was an uneven surface.

Here is a link to the history of my ball machines:

A Short History of My K’nex Ball Machines

Here are some pictures of Balls That Play The Piano:

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Front View of Balls That Play The Piano

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K’nex: Into The Treetops

My latest K’nex ball machine is called Into The Treetops.  I call it Into The Treetops because it is rainforest themed.  This is my first themed ball machine.  It has 7 Paths and 1 Network.  The tree that is leaning on its side is actually connected to the tree stump with hinges. The tree can be raised up and down. I show the tree standing straight up in one of the night shots near the end of the video.  The lights are supposed to look like vines.  My family also used this ball machine as our Christmas tree and that is why it has ornaments on it.  See if you can spot a sloth in the video!  His name is Ball Machine because he lives on ball machines!  Below are some pictures and the video.

Into The Treetops (Front View)

Into The Treetops (Back View)

(I will feature the white box that the balls from Paths 3 and 6 go into in an upcoming post!)

Special thanks to:

Sandroknexmaster

Tornado96

-Knextus