Getting Started in Lego GBC
Lego GBC or Lego Great Ball Contraption is a form of Rube Goldberg machine where the aim is to move Lego sports balls from one machine to another.
The Lego GBC Standard was first uploaded by Steve Hassenplug (http://www.teamhassenplug.org/GBC/) in 2005 and has since then grown into a global phenomenon.
The standard (as pictured below) defines the rate of ball flow as well as the input and output bin sizes, and by having a standard it allows anyone to build a GBC module that they can then bring to collaborative displays.
There are a bunch of great resources online for getting started in Lego GBC and here are some of my favorites.
Great Ball Pit is great GBC advocate.
His website has a regular GBC activity blog that summarises GBC activity over the week.
It also has a range of getting started guides as well as some great free and premium instructions.
The Beyond the Brick team have been around for several years now cataloging our collective creativity through YouTube videos.
The have some great GBC event videos as well as interviews with designers.
PV Productions has C Model Instructions for purchase, these instructions produced by builders in the GBC community make it easy to turn existing Lego sets into running GBC Modules.
Great Ball Contraption.nl is where to find instructions from many of the European GBC builders including Maico who has over amassed over 100 modules in his personal collection.
My goto technical resources.