Four years of Marble Machines

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Four years of Marble Machines

Japanese YouTube user denha compiled this chronicle of marble machines that they have made over the last four years. In addition to the video of them working, there are also explanations of most of the mechanisms on their site. [via Make: Japan]

18 thoughts on “Four years of Marble Machines

  1. John Morse says:

    Wow! Some great work here!

  2. dec says:

    These are really cool!

    Does anyone know the name of the wire used for the ball tracks? I’d like to try to make something like this.

    1. Adrian Lodge says:

      Looks like coat hanger wire to me. Enamelled wire ought to do though:

      http://uk.farnell.com/pro-power/ecw1-5/wire-copper-enamelled-16swg/dp/1230987?Ntt=enamelled+wire

    2. Adrian Lodge says:

      In fact, no. It’s probably too springy…

      1. dec says:

        Hey, thanks for your help! After some more searching I found this video on denha’s channel about making the wire tracks:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fRfaXsJRHw

        In case anyone else is wondering, he uses brass wire, which is also popular for jewelry making apparently. The video shows 1mm wire (18 gauge). Looks like Amazon has some:

        http://www.amazon.com/Artistic-18-Gauge-Non-Tarnish-Brass-4-Yards/dp/B0030MXBA6

  3. Anonymous says:

    These videos made me fall asleep! The image is mesmerizing and the sound adds to the effect.

  4. steve salles says:

    its time to compose a book for the expansion showing various ideas I have seen over 100 different marble machines with the wildest ideas like the old mousetrap game with robotics and a pinbal machine all rolled into one. The skys the limit

  5. nur ali says:

    mr denha can me buy marble machine u

  6. nur ali says:

    please i like marble machine u

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