This thing is a randomizer for the Gravitrax marble run system.
I wanted a way to randomize the track the marble would take, so I came up with this, which I call the "Temple of Chaos" because it resembles and ancient Greek temple.
The vortex on the top will feed any number of balls at the same time, dropping them one by one in the pillar section below. Since the hole in the vortex is larger than the one in the stock Vortex tiles, the ball can fall slightly off center, thus taking a random different route exiting the temple, and because it adds a bit of chaos to the tracks!
Clearly, this module needs a 6-exit variation of the Basic Tile in order to work.
I designed one, you can find it here:
Please take a look at the videos in the "Post-Printing" section to see it in action!
EDIT: I designed, upon suggestion by some of the Makers who made this Thing, a "plug" to stop the marbles from choosing some of the exits, also to avoid the Temple from requiring 6 exits each time it is used in a track. You can now "plug" as many as 5 exits, and use the temple simply as a "pass-through" part, or pick the exits to plug accordingly to your track design.
The plugs simply "click" in place, and they can be quite tight, but that way they won't budge when the marbles hit them. If you would like them less tight, just give the inside pillars of your temple a gentle sanding. I suggest using a pen or other similar tool to remove them more comfortably.
Let me know what you think about this upgrade of the Temple!
If you make this, it would be awesome to see pics of your makes!
Note: I am in no way associated with Ravensburger or Gravitrax, this is just a design that is compatible with the Gravitrax system that provides functionality the stock parts do not.
I do this just for mere fun, but if you find my projects useful to enhance your Gravitrax experience, consider the idea of tipping me, I'd really appreciate it! :)
bAd_TempleOfChaos in action close-up
See it in action in a complex track with a few other of my custom designed pieces!
bAd_TempleOfChaos in a complex track
bAd_TempleOfChaos close-up without roof
View from above in slow-motion
Close-up in slow motion
All my custom designed parts in one track!