THE BEST Rube Goldberg

The Swish Machine

The Swish Machine

Creezy took nearly two months to set up and work out the kinks in this ridiculous Rube Goldberg machine he set up outside his house. It goes through a complex sequence of about 70 steps to drop a basketball through a net – which ironically is the same thing he has to do to get the machine started.

Pass the Pepper

Pass the Pepper

Joseph’s Machines already got some salt, but he needs some pepper too. With social distancing measures in place, it’s important not to just hand it across the table, especially since it can make you sneeze. With some help from his friend JackofAllSpades98, they came up with a safer method of passing the shaker.

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Cookie Dunking Machine

Cookie Dunking Machine

Because he was hungry, Sprice Machines built a ridiculously complicated chain-reaction machine that’s designed solely for dunking a cookie in milk. It doesn’t even do a good job doing that, but it’s entertaining to watch it get there. Stick around for lots of trial and error footage.

Invisible Rube Goldberg Machine

Invisible Rube Goldberg Machine

When you place clear glass into certain kinds of oil, it can eliminate refraction and reflections, making it appear invisible. A few years back scientists from Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science decided to build a Rube Goldberg machine that takes advantage of this illusion, complete with invisible steps and ramps.

The Dinner Feeder

The Dinner Feeder

It might spill a little food along the way, but Joseph’s Machines‘ ridiculous Rube Goldberg contraption does ultimately perform the task it’s intended for, feeding him a tasty meal of peas, potatoes, asparagus, and chicken, along with a cupcake and a nice cup of coffee, all without getting up from his desk.

Most Complicated Donuts

Most Complicated Donuts

In this fun video from Driving Line and Nitto Tire, they set up a Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction machine that eventually triggers some tire-smoking donuts by driver Ryan Tuerck. Along the way, there’s some paintball action, and a nasty looking knife-wielding drone, which thankfully didn’t slash any of the tires – or people.

Pool Party Machine

Pool Party Machine

This nearly 9-minute long chain reaction contraption from Sprice Machines and his pals features a hypnotic, yet needlessly complicated series of ball bearings, dominoes, blow dryers, and other random household objects work in concert to kick off the ultimate Rube Goldberg pool party.

Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

This ridiculously complicated Rube Goldberg machine from DaksDominos uses dozens of ping pong balls, Hot Wheels tracks, string, dominoes, toilet paper rolls, plastic cups, glass bottles, and popsicle sticks to perform a simple task – dispensing a length of Scotch tape.

The Claw Machine

The Claw Machine

Chain-reaction machine builder Sprice Machines’ latest overly complicated setup starts out with a set of chattering teeth, and along the way features penguins on a escalator, and a variety of ramps and other tricks, all contrived to provide his dog Ramen with a squeaky toy to play with. The fail footage at the end is fun to watch too.

Pass the Salt

Pass the Salt

So you need to get salt from one end of the table to the other. You could just stand up and walk it down, or you could do what Joseph’s Machines did, and build a ridiculously complicated Rube Goldberg machine to perform the task for you.

Back Scratching Chair

Back Scratching Chair

After making a machine that can automatically pet his dog, woodworker Matt Thompson decided to make something nice for himself – an Adirondack chair that can scratch his back and massage his scalp automatically

The Lunch Feeder

The Lunch Feeder

Like many of us, Joseph Herscher doesn’t always have time to get up from his desk to take a lunch break. So, he did what any enterprising inventor would do – he built himself an overly complicated Rube Goldberg machine to effortlessly feed himself a meal.

Rube Goldberg Lemonade Machine

Rube Goldberg Lemonade Machine

Thirsty for some lemonade? If you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, you can have a glass, courtesy of this complex collaboration from machine makers Sprice Machines, DoodleChaos, TheInvention11, Hevesh5, 5MadMovieMakers, DrComplicated, and SmileyPeaceFun.

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The Blue Marble

The Blue Marble

Marble and domino enthusiast Kaplamino’s latest creation is an impressive tilted maze. The most entertaining parts are the ones where magnets, small catapults and other objects fling the titular marble through the different parts of the maze.

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Tinkerer of things DoodleChaos set up a maze of Jenga blocks, dominoes, sticks, magnets, and other bits and bobs, and precisely placed them such that a series of ball bearings dropped into the them syncs up perfectly with Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.

This Tape Is on a Roll

This Tape Is on a Roll

What you’re looking at is an oddly satisfying contraption in which a roll of tape meanders its way through a maze with extraordinary skill. It’s from a Japanese kids show which featured one of these wonderful machines every week. Find more on KeN KeN’s channel.

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

Peter Browne and his buddy Mervyn Huggett spent around 1,000 hours making a Rube Goldberg machine that delivers food and fun. The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine can make a slice of toast, a soft-boiled egg and a cup of tea or coffee all at once.

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

We’ve seen all manner of Rube Goldberg machines over the years, but never one as precise as this one from Seiko, that uses some 1200 watch parts and watchmaking tools in its design. It required a little human assist along the way, but it’s still pretty awesome.

Rube Goldberg Soda Machine

Rube Goldberg Soda Machine

YouTuber berlagawesome spent a total of 140h creating and trying to get his 175-step Rube Goldberg machine to work completely. There’s a thrift shop’s worth of odds and ends in there, and halfway through we actually forgot what its purpose was. Single camera perspective here.

The Rube Slowberg Machine

The Rube Slowberg Machine

Bob Partington created the world’s slowest Rube Goldberg machine, driven by molasses, a turtle, melting popsicles, and other things that take forever. Thankfully, the tedious 6+ week long process has been reduced to three minutes for your viewing pleasure.

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Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

When was the last time a Rube Goldberg machine made your heart race? Because this classic from Japanese children’s show Pitagora Suichi is as exciting as an Indiana Jones flick. Plus it has an awesome theme song. “I’ll be there brothers, hang on, almost there!”

3M Rube Goldberg Machine

3M Rube Goldberg Machine

3M spent 1,400 hours creating this sophisticated Rube Goldberg machine. The result is a wonderful maze driven by physics, chemistry and 25,000 Post-it Notes. The pendulums were both exciting and relaxing.

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs made a Rube Goldberg machine using its new Tough Resin. Compatible with the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D printers, Tough Resin is durable, rugged and flexible, making it ideal for high-impact and high-stress use.

Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

YouTube and Vine trickster Zach King created this wacky video which features what appears to be a typical Rube Goldberg machine, but that has magical powers thanks to the wonders of editing and post-production.

Deskloop

Deskloop

A laptop sets off a recurring sequence of objects interacting in both the real world and inside its operating system in this creative take on the Rube Goldberg machine by animator Evelien Lohbeck.

Power of Optics

Power of Optics

To promote their high-speed optical internet service, Japan’s au Hikari, they created a sort of Rube Goldberg machine that uses a single beam of light as its primary means of activation. Watch how they made the video here.

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