A more advanced form of LEGO®, allowing for the creation of more realistic working parts.

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Is it possible to build simple logic gates with LEGO mechanics?

I built a simple bitshifter in Minecraft yesterday. I wondered if something like this could be built with LEGO? Maybe there is a possibility to build gates with rubber bands and those movable ...
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What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?

I would like to build a remote controlled car. And if someone already has a good solution for that I would be glad to try it. It's been a while since I had the time and material to build some LEGO ...
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Why did Technic bricks have holes in the studs?

Lego Technic (/ Expert Builder) bricks have always had a very different design than the normal Lego brick, with peg holes lining the sides serving fairly obvious purposes, but they also have had (as ...
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How can I build a functional gearbox?

I'm looking for a fully functional (manual) transmission / gearbox for my Technics motorized vehicle. How can I build this?
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When did Lego decide that it was okay to put a stud into a technic hole?

At one point, Lego didn't really support putting a stud into a Technic hole, stating that it caused too much stress on the bricks. And for a while, there were no sets where that's the case. However, ...
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Can an axle be removed from this 'brick paradox'?

This blogpost on Technic Bricks briefly explains a few 'brick paradoxes' or dead ends. This particular model seems impossible to disassemble by hand: How can I remove the axle without ...
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How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?

I once tried to make a 4 wheeled Lego robot using a pivot arm suspension system. The robot was motorized using 2 Mindstorm (2.0) motors (one one each side). I can't find and original picture but it ...
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Technic axle corrosion? What happened here?

I got my LEGO from storage from when I was a kid (1980s) and while almost all bricks are in good condition, the Technic axles are in a pretty bad shape. They seem to have corroded(?). Please see the ...
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How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?

I'd like to make a working pin tumbler lock out of LEGO bricks. I have already designed a key I'd like to use that should be compatible with five cylinder lock.
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Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?

It seems to me that sometime between 1998 and 2006 (between the Mindstorms RCX and NXT), LEGO switched from using studded technic bricks (like this:) to studdless beams (like this): In my ...
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What are these Technic “Zapfen” (“stoppers”) called in English?

What are these pieces called in English? Google translator doesn't help in this case...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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Is Technic compatible with Mindstorms?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for my birthday. I've been reading up on it from as many sources as possible however apart from the 9695 Education Resource Set which adds some additional bricks ...
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When did LEGO stop producing Technic action figures?

I recently got interested in LEGO Technic again. The last set I own is maybe 15 years old, so my knowledge is a little bit outdated. Back then some of the Technic sets had action figures included, ...
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Is there difference between different colors of LEGO axles?

There are a few different colors of LEGO Technic axles, but not enough to really use for artistic variation - black, grey, some beige, and recently I have started seeing blue. The particular color ...
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Is this element some kind of Technic connector?

I am thoroughly confused about an element I have come across: I have never seen a piece quite like this. It's unlike any Technic connector I've seen, so I doubt if that is what it's for. The two ...
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Are Samsonite gears compatible with modern Technic gears?

Do the old Samsonite gears (above) work with current Technic gears (below) LEGO bricks tend to be backward compatible with older bricks, but since I don't own any Samsonite gears I cannot tell.
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Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?

The push-button light brick seems to be popular with Lego at the moment, and included in quite a few sets. I'd like to find a way of being able to operate it remotely, so that I can include the ...
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What are the largest Technic-compatible tires on the market?

I am looking for the largest LEGO wheels with tires available to build a nice-sized RC LEGO car. Of course I will start with the simplest prototype, but I would like to achieve a design which will ...
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How to speed up the 4x4 Crawler truck 9398?

Just finished building the 4x4 Crawler and it was a fun build but as a remote control car it is . . . in a word . . . SLOW! I know it's powerful and can climb over stuff but sometimes there is nothing ...
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What is the difference between these hole shapes?

I purchased an assorted bag of LEGO Technic pieces. There are pieces with axle holes, but what puzzles me is that the holes are different from what I am familiar with. There's a piece with an ...
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What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?

LEGO makes Technic Angle Connectors, like these: (Here are names and part numbers). They also make angular liftarms, like these: (part 32348). That last part has an angle of 53.5 degrees. ...
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How to unplug black friction pin connectors

Black friction pin without slots connectors are common in older Technic sets. Note that these were quickly replaced by the current version with slots that is much easier to remove. vs Especially ...
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Will Lego repair a bad motor?

I have the Electric Technic Micromotor: http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5119-1 and it simply won't come on. I seem to recall at some point someone telling me a long time ago, that if you sent parts ...
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Is there an easier way of threading Technic pins into other elements?

I've been using Lego Digital Designer to recreate a few models I've built in real life. One model in particular uses many Technic axles which need to be inserted fully into other Technic bricks (like ...
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How to convert new 4x4 crawler to tracks?

With the new 9398 4x4 crawler coming out what would need to be done to convert it to a track based system that looks similar in style to the ones sold by Mattracks? On a related point what would make ...
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Is a N2 or CO2 paintball tank a viable power source for a LEGO pneumatic Engine?

I would like to know how a LEGO pneumatic engine would perform when powered with a nitro (N2, HPA) or CO2 tank. I have seen a few RC cars powered with air (from soda bottles), so I am wondering if it ...
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What's the purpose of the clutch gear in Power Functions set?

I have just bought this set and wonder the purpose of the white gear in the middle: How can you use it in your Lego Technic projects? Is it available in other sets?
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What are Good LEGO (or similiar) sets to play-prototype machines working with fluids?

I want to play around with fluid engines. I'm aware that LEGO is sometimes used in labs for prototyping kinematic components, are there successful examples of operating with fluids? Have pistons, ...
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How to make a conveyor belt with LEGO parts?

I am making a small robot with an Arduino and Technic LEGO powered by stepper motors. I am planning on moving small rocks throughout my machine. Does anyone have an idea of what kind of Technic LEGO ...
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How to start with technic?

I have bought myself the technic set 9393 Tractor. I really like the model and I want to dig deeper into the Lego technic universe. I am not focused in building pre-designed models (although I enjoy ...
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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Mechanical auto-unblocking mechanism

I have a GBC module1 which is quite simple but blocks regularly because a ball happens to be at just the wrong place at the wrong moment. Per se, it's not a problem as a Technic Gear 24 Tooth Clutch ...
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Homemade methods for interfacing a Servo with LEGO bricks

I'm looking for non-destructive way to structurally attach a standard servo with LEGO bricks. I'm interested in answers for either Large, Medium or Small size servos. I'm using LEGO ...
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Which sets currently contain pneumatic LEGO equipment?

When I was younger my dad bought me 5218-1, a technic-based pneumatics set, which, combined with the old motor system to provide a mini compressor system created quite a bit of entertainment and it ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect technic liftarms at a 90 degree angle?

Is there a way to connect the two beams in this angle and still keep the connection strong and keep the rotation the same?
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How to Make a Lego Claw Arm?

I am trying to build a lego claw arm to pick up stuff that is out of my reach and I need some ideas on how to design it. I would like a mechanism to be able to open and close the claw from the ...
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How can I remove a rubber band from a pulley?

We have a pulley and a bunch of rubber bands: We don't know that part numbers, but they all were part of a Mindstorms (RCX 2.0) set. My son was trying use the pulley and band to transfer power to ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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Exact dimensions of studless Technic beams

I'm looking for the exact dimensions of the studless Technic beams. I found a number of answers for studded beams but there are some more aspects for the studless beams which are not covered. I'm ...
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Which LEGO Technic sets include instructions to add the Power Functions accessory box?

Some LEGO Technic sets apparently come with instructions to add a motor, using the pieces from the Power Function Accessory Box (set 8293). Is there a list of the sets which do contain such ...
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Alternative for Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes?

We are trying to build a MOC which requires Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes and we don't have that. Could we build it? Or are there any alternatives? FYI we do have Technic Gear ...
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How to straighten 32L axles?

I have a number of the 32L technic axles, but most of them have some bend to them. Is there a straight-forward way to straighten these? Trying to bend them by hand has not seemed to change anything, ...
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How can I blow a stream of air for up to two minutes at a time?

I'd like to be able to blow a constant stream of air for up to two minutes. The purpose of this blowing element would be to play a harmonica, using holes punched in a roll of paper/film to expose ...
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How to improve the range of an IR receiver?

I am creating a new Truck which contains two IR receivers in the front hood. With my testing I get a range of about 6 feet (I have also noticed the small Technic motors on the IR receiver are slow ...
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What are the torque limits of gears?

I am using Lego in the classroom to introduce students to geared machines. As part of this I am asking them to design a winch, using a small 1.5V DC motor and a collection of the common Lego gears, ...
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Instructions on small car, came with Technic Race Car, circa 1986

When I was about 10 (so, about 1986), I had a Technic race car (formula-1 like), and the instructions had an alternate thing you could make. It was just a small car, with rack and pinion steering. I ...
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Pattern for vertical motion using technic lego

I have a motor and some other components that move a machine vertical on the ground. Inside the machine i need to raise a part by 5 cm, up and down. Are there some common patterns that can move ...
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Is there a Technic set that is just an assortment of parts and not a specific vehicle?

Can I buy Technic sets that are just assortments of parts as opposed to a specific vehicle? Background I do research on sediment carbon cycling in lakes and I need use a rotating array of magnets to ...
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Technic 8071 assembly problem

I am busy attempting to assemble Technic 8071, and have encountered a problem. On page 83 of the first manual, a yellow gear (4203493) together with a grey splined rod (4211815) is added to the ...