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Site Feedback and Questions / Bugs.
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:42:51 am »
The 'new topic' button is unavailable in most forum categories (eg Project Ideas and Help) it's just not there. I can only reply to posts and introduce myself.
Also, I'm receiving error 500 when trying to set my avatar.

Personally I believe this website could be made much more user friendly for new users. I am struggling to find my way around.

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Project Progress / Re: The start of each building...
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:32:10 am »
I always keep my pieces sorted. I have about 3000.

I have small (3L) containers of each type of regular piece categorised by type (rod/connector) and size. All the containers fit in a larger box. Pieces such as wheels, gears, motors, tubes, etc are in random unordered box.
Whenever I need a piece, I know where it is, and take it from its bucket. When I deconstruct, I return each piece to its container as I take parts apart.

This process probably doubles the amount of time to deconstruct machines but it makes building so much more enjoyable and convenient.

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Introduce Yourself / Hi! I'm mathsboy314
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:12:38 am »
Hi, my name is Jake. I am 17 years old and live in Australia and have build building ball machines since 2009, but knex since 2005.
I was Knex Fan of the Month in April 2015, see http://www.knex.com/photos-and-videos/fan-of-the-month/2015/April-Jake/

I mainly build ball machines but I also like building gearboxes which I then use for my ball machines. My ball machines are usually slow, small, compact, and complex.
I try to build at least two new elements in each of my ball machines, but usually these contain large mechanisms that crowd the ball machine and make the track less visible.

I have tried making perpetual motion machines out of Knex. I did not succeed (obviously) but it inspired me to build lift/element hybrids, such as my favourite element, the weighted kick. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Weighted-kick-ball-machine-liftelement-hybrid/)



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