Marble Machine: Lift Wheel Test

May 9, 2011 - By 

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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  • I created something similar a while back. A “ball sorter.”

    Mine got a bit complicated. I like the simplicity of yours.

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

  • Did something similar a year ago:

  • Hey there’s achallenge going on right now at on these very contraptions. Check it out.

  • Fun to look at, lol…any quick breakdown on how you did it? (Tutorial?)

  • Haha, that’s awesome man! Nice work.

  • Awesome job. Could you make tutorial for this? 🙂

  • If you want some ideas, here’s a crazy one.

  • We’re in the middle of a Marble Run challenge on

    There’s some some introductory tutorials on or straight to the vimeo :

  • 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.

  • Nothing Special…

  • You lost one sphere! 😉

  • dog it…someone’s got a powerful machine now don’t they…render looks great

  • haha nice one Nick. hypnotic. 🙂

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

  • maybe i’m drunk but what camera angle is this?

    A wee bit more advanced, I know what machinery I’ll be drawing up all night 🙂

  • Makes me want to go and play with dominoes.

  • Looks Great…
    One of them falls down at 00:35 🙂

  • Love it Nick! You’re a clever old boy. Always inspired by your work.

  • “A fun hour with Cinema 4D” 🙂

    Can you give us a tutorial how to do this in 3D:
    (Check the video!)

  • Oh boy oh boy! Another Nick Campbell contraption! Love Your obsessions with these man!! Very inspiring! 😀

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

  • OMG!!! that’s incredible! ahah, Very, very very cool! This is IPNOTIC! 😉

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

  • did you use a dynamics motor?

  • HI NIck thank u very much for all the knowledge u share
    Can u please make a tutorial to do something like this

  • 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 :


  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!)

    • Hello Scott.

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

      • 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…

  • 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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