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Clockwork: A 40,000 Piece K’Nex Ball Machine [Video]

You may have built a simple marble raceway out of construction toys like LEGO or K’Nex at some point in your life. No matter how grand a raceway it was, we can assure you it had nothing on this 40,000 piece room-sized monster.

The creator, Austron, writes:

This is Clockwork, my fifth major K’nex ball machine, and my largest and most complex K’nex structure to date. It took 8 months to build, has over 40,000 pieces, over 450 feet of track, 21 different paths, 8 motors, 5 lifts, and a one-of-a-kind computer-controlled crane, as well as two computer-controlled illuminated K’nex balls.

For a more in-depth look at the construction we suggest checking out both his YouTube channel and his build blog.

[via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/14/12

Comments (3)

  1. bobcabbage

    not getting laid ?

  2. Rick S

    Pretty cool but what does a guy live on while building such a thing?

  3. r

    …he apparently has lots of free time

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