Curly Fries | K’nex Ball Machine Element

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

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Hello there again! Here I have for you instructions for my BRAND NEW motorised ball machine element!



Originally I wanted to make a lift from the standard spiral staircase turned diagonal however that didn’t work out very well…So I turned it sideways and made an element! After many many fails and mistakes it is finally here. Good luck building it!



Step 1: Step 1 – Frame

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items The skeleton of the element! The frame holds it all together.

1: Overview
2: Build this
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8: Assemble
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11: Assemble
12: Assemble

Step 2: Step 2 – Motor

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items The Driving force of the element!



1: Overview
2: Build these
3: Build this
4: Build this
5: Assemble
6: Assemble

Step 3: Step 3 – Entrance & Guard

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items The entrance to the element and the guard stopping the ball going where it shouldn’t. (If some pictures are missing here, I had a lot of trouble getting them to work)

1: Overview
2: Build this
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4: Assemble
5: Assemble
6: Alternate view
7: Build this
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12: Assemble
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17: Assemble
18: Alternate view

Step 4: Step 4 – Exit

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items The exit track. It can easily be modified and doesn’t have to stay as I put it.

1: Overview
2: Build this
3: Build these
4: Assemble
5: Assemble

Step 5: Step 5 – The curly middle

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items The fun part of the element itself! This is the hardest step to pay careful attention.

1: Overview
2: Build this
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4: Build these (One is missing a green rod ON PURPOSE)
5: Assemble
6: Left end
7: Right end
8: Assemble

Step 6: Step 6 – Final Assembly

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items You finally get to make it! Good luck!

1: Overview
2: Assemble
3: Assemble
4: Alternate view
5: Assemble
6: Alternate view
7: Assemble

Step 7: Finish!

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items Yay! You took the time to actually make my element. Thank you for building it! Please tell me all about it in the comments and show me a picture! Now, if it doesn’t work quite right here are some troubleshooting steps:
” Is the guard rail straight? If not it can easily catch the sides of the frame and make it jittery.
” Have you turned the motor on the right way? If not, well it isn’t going to work! Push the slider right to turn it on and start the element.
” Is the exit aligned with the white snowflake connector? If not the ball may not exit correctly. You can achieve this with spacers or without them.

Step 8: A Few Fixes!

Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element
Curly Fries | K'nex Ball Machine Element

Show All Items After recently getting 3 more k’nex balls (Now I have 4!!) I realised this element doesn’t work when they stack together in the waiting area. I spent a long time trying to get them to go one ball at a time and finally managed it however you may have to play about with some of the placement to get it perfect. Here it is:

1: Overview
2: Build these
3: Assemble
4: Add these

If it is a bit jittery, replace the medium gear with a large gear. it will be slower but will work better knex – Curly Fries | K’nex Ball Machine Element, in category: play