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Marble Machine: Lift Wheel Test 40 Comments


I have been playing more with the idea of making some marble contraptions or Rube Goldberg machines in Cinema 4D. Mostly as a way to learn more about the dynamics system. Here is a concept for a way to get the marbles back up to the top of the machine. A bit bulky, but way more fun to look at than my corkscrew lift.

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40 Comments

  1. Makes me want to build one for real.
    Looks fantastic.
    Thanks for everything you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    God Bless!

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  2. I have an idea, maybe someone support it. Why not build an endless marble machine? Someone start with an easy marble-machine setup, then the next one extend it with another part and so on. Then the best extension is chosen by nick and this new setup is the base for further extensions and then this whole thing starts again… hope you understand what i mean.

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  3. moritzw

    I love how one of those dozens of marbles spontaneously decides to fall off that frickin rail at 0:35 :D

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  4. Oh boy oh boy! Another Nick Campbell contraption! Love Your obsessions with these man!! Very inspiring! :D

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  5. This shouldn’t be very heavy on the machine so might try this later .. It looks good

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  6. Brandon Bell

    CG is so badass.. Gotta love that dynamic system… shit would be ridiculously hard without it!

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  7. Hi everybody.

    Here is a link to an animation i did some month ago.
    You will reconise the “marble ball” i picked up by Nicks tutorial (with his autorisation of course) Thanks again Nick.

    That was a funny worktime i past after this animation.
    Hope you will like it.

    Here it is :
    http://vimeo.com/18502814

    Cheers

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  8. Jonny Medd

    Can you make a tutorial on this? I’ve been trying for the past three hours to make something like it, i can model it all. I just need to fix the dynamics.

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  9. Andrey

    heyy….can you tell me please how did you make that slide?

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    • Scott

      Hi Andrew, he probably used a Sweep NURBS (with a spline and very small disc) and duplicated it 4 or so times :)

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  10. Scott

    These are awesome! Can someone please explain how to make the wheel constantly rotate? I’m assuming it’s done using Xpresso but I’ve never used like “time” with Xpresso (I’m still new to it!)

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    • Hello Scott.

      You should do it with dynamics, (connecters and motors) so you can adjust the rotation force.

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      • thomas mathew

        hey u are right zaiz!! using dynamics would do the trick…. but scott, if u are to make a marble machine u should better buy a 10,20,RPM motors [RPM-rotations per minute] that would reduce the speed of the wheel,so that the ball could enter into the groves easily!!!and if u get nothing u could use some resistors…

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  11. Your positions constantly have many of really up to date info. Where do you come up with this? Just declaring you are very inspiring. Thanks again

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