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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 warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. 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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