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Ball Machines, Lifts and Elements / YSL's 6-way Ball Separator
« on: April 15, 2020, 02:58:04 am »
YSL's 6-way Ball Separator
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This instructions page will show you how to build my 6-way ball separator. The ball separator consists of a manifold, 3 blue rods deep by 4 blue rods wide by 5 blue rods tall, which rotates back and forth as it separates balls evenly between 6 outputs. While this design certainly isn't the most space-efficient method of separating balls, it does provide a nice visual element as it pendulates back and forth. This ball separator was designed and tested with standard red/yellow K'nex balls, so I cannot tell whether this will or won't work with the oversized/underweight balls from the Big Air Ball Tower. If you want to see if this will fit your machine before building it, mounting instructions are located in Step 6.

General Knex Discussion / Re: New Knex Sets (2019)
« on: June 21, 2019, 08:46:24 pm »
I spy a few gears underneath the Jeep in the first picture… maybe a differential?
Also, the “control crane” on the right side of the last picture looks promising!

A "red"  flexi rod will be released in new K'NEX sets! (It's going to be orange)
Are you referring to the orange curved pieces shown in the 2019 sets post you started? If so, these aren’t new pieces; they’re hard, permanently curved pieces that have been used in previous coaster sets.

Introduce Yourself / Re: 62C514A6... but you can call me Charlie!
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:18:47 am »
Welcome to the forum, Charlie! I'm curious to see what you mean by splices fitting in chain links, I don't think I've seen that before.

Project Progress / Re: Knex Ball Machine - the attic
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:13:21 am »
Right now the sliding structure is heavier on the side with the attached wheelbase, so sliding it out of the way still keeps it stable. But I see a potential problem where elements added onto the sliding platform could shift the center of mass far enough over that it goes past the static wheel supports connected to the towers when the platform is pushed out of the way. I recommend adding another set of tires onto the moving platform on the other side of the static wheels so that this doesn’t become an issue.
Edit: sorry for upside down picture, it was right side up on my phone.

Project Progress / Re: Window of Opportunity Ball Machine
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:24:32 am »
I quite like the look of this, the jump track is especially elegant imo. It will be interesting to see how you work around the window.

Project Progress / Re: The Cutlass - K'nex Swinging Ship
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:22:02 am »
I love the attention to detail in this. The water/footers, shields, and upper insignia are nicely done.

Introduce Yourself / YoloSweggLord
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:06:01 pm »
Hello all!
I'm YoloSweggLord. I'm currently a senior in high school studying computer science and engineering. I have learned the basics of Python and I am currently learning Java, and I plan to learn C++ in the future. Besides K'nex, I have interests in real-life roller coasters, coaster simulation games, and twisty puzzles.

As far as K'nex goes, I must have over 10,000 pieces by now. It's not a very large collection, but I have a lot of standard pieces and a decent amount if micro pieces. I'm currently working on a Vekoma next-gen style coaster, which can be seen here: Aside from roller coaster I enjoy exploring the mechanical side of K'nex, and making mechanisms such as linkages, crankshafts, and gearboxes.

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