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Toggle & Gearbox [Concept for K'NEX Ball Machine]

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Toggle & Gearbox [Concept for K'NEX Ball Machine]

Welcome,
Unfortunately this won't be a true instructable, but more a demostration of concept that was created by my brother.
I'd like to share it with the community on Instructables, so people can use it in their ball machine, for instance.
If you do use it, please credit this instructable and therefore my brother.
I'd like to note the system is not worked out completely, therefore it is a concept. Three toggles have to be added to seperate the balls into the 4 routes.
I will not include a parts list, since experienced Ball Machine builders will find themselves having enough parts for this. This means they are my target group.
Thanks to my brother =)
In step 1 you will find pictures and a simple explenation
In step 2 you will find a small video

Step 1: Additional pictures

The mechanism works as follows:
The motor is rotating constantly, driving 2 outputs.
  • The left toggle is in position 1, right toggle in position 2, output left 2 and right 2 are driven*
  • Ball 1 comes and switches left toggle.
  • Left toggle pos 2, right pos 2, output left 1 and right 2 are driven
  • Ball 2 comes and switches right toggle.
  • Left toggle pos 2, right pos 1, output left 1 and right 1 are driven
  • Ball 3 comes and switches left toggle.
  • Left toggle back to pos 1, right position 1, output left 2 and right 1 are driven
  • Ball 4 comes and switches right toggle.
  • Left toggle pos 1, right back to position 2, output left 2 and right 2 are driven (original position)
* postion 1 corresponds with output 1, position 2 with output 2.

Step 2: Video