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Do LEGO bricks float?

Is it possible to build a boat out of LEGO bricks? I appreciate you couldn't make it watertight but would a LEGO boat float by itself due to the buoyancy of the bricks themselves? Pictures of any ...
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1answer
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Bricklink - how to minimize number of merchants for given set of requested bricks?

This question should be answered in Bricklink FAQ, but I didn't find answer there. I'm a casual Lego hobbyist, I have a few sets with random pieces missing, about two dozens of them. Some are trurly ...
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2answers
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Any good alternatives to BrickLink?

I'm trying to find certain bricks online, and of course, came across BrickLink. But it's so darn hard to use it; search is absolutely useless, and I can't figure out how to use the catalog for the ...
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What's the most cost effective and efficient way to buy bricks?

After a 20 year hiatus I picked up LEGO again as a hobby. I've been into the Trains lately and need bricks. I found a couple places to pick them up but they all suck for various reasons. The first was ...
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4answers
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Is there an organization who repackages old LEGO bricks into sets to give to underprivileged children?

Does Lego have a program by which we can return old LEGO parts so they can be reassembled into packages for underprivileged kids? My kids, and now grandkids, have always played with LEGO bricks and I ...
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Are LEGO bricks recyclable?

Yes, I know that it is kind of a dumb question, as no one would want to dispose of LEGO bricks. But it's a curiosity thing: are Lego bricks recyclable?
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1answer
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Is it safe to remove PC (polycarbonate) arms from minfigures?

I would like to replace the clear PC arms on the Chima ice figures with opaque ABS. Would I still be able to use the clear PC arms with other figures after I have removed them? I know that removing ...
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1answer
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lego pieces stuck together! a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle

My lego pieces, a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle, are stuck together. I've been trying to seperate them but they just won't. Any advice?
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1answer
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How to restore old, scratched plates

I have some old lego plates that are quite scratched. They look rather dull compared to the newer pieces in my collection. Is there any way to restore (even partially) the shiny look between the ...
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How to remove scratches from LEGO windshield parts?

I was storing my windshields from cars with other my bricks. Now they are scratched, nearly not transparent just translucent. Is there a way to sanitize transparent parts from scratches?
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1answer
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Chinese Knockoffs?

I'm looking at the Lego Super Star Destroyer on eBay and I see that a number of people are selling it for ~$600 USD. From time to time there are bids that sell at ~$300 USD that claim to be sealed and ...
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Legal free NXT-G download [duplicate]

Where can I get a legal, free copy of NXT-G for mac? I lost my disk when I bought my NXT, and I need to get a new program.
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Robot that searches for lights

I use Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. I want to schedule my robot to move to where there is light αnd then when it finds it (a large amount of light, for example 80%) to stop and move another motor for 30 ...
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EV3 parallel MyBlocks, but only one working

TL;DR = Is there any obvious reason why a MyBlock, added twice in parallel to a program, will only run one of them? In my EV3-G program, I have a MyBlock which uses the Proximity Heading to control ...
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1answer
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Good EV3 iBook for programming or building

I am a participant in a Lego mind storms competition soon using EV3. I would like to know if there are good, free iBooks for me to download (PDF or iBook from the apple iBook store). Preferably the ...
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3answers
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What is a normal range of reading of the Light Sensor using EV3 Raw Sensor block?

EV3 software does not support the Light Sensor. It does support the Color Sensor. The solution is to use the Raw Sensor Block. What is "normal" for raw sensor block readings? I'm getting readings ...
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1answer
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What's the best way to machine LEGO pieces on a mill?

Does anyone have experience with modifying LEGO pieces on a mill? Any suggestions on cutting speed?
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2answers
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Does anyone make a self-driving car?

Mapping and localization are the hottest trends in robotics today. And what's more exciting is they can be both implemented with a low-cost robotics kit like LEGO Mindstorms! I tried to make a ...
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2answers
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How can I get my NXT to turn on - all it does is softly click?

Recently when I plugged my NXT brick into my PC I clicked on the wrong option and now all it does is clicks when I turn it on? How do I get it back to a usable state?
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1answer
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What are the characteristics of “Miniland” scale?

I have heard many references to "Miniland" scale. From what I have seen, this style of building mostly includes figurines that are larger than normal mini-figs. What are some other characteristics of ...
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5answers
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How can I build an (automatic) Mindstorms charging-station?

I'm thinking about buying LEGO Mindstorms and start programming robots. I'm a software engineer and LEGO fan since I was a child so this sounds like the perfect combination of my dearest hobbies. But ...
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2answers
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Can't get EV3 to work with touch sensors

My FLL team just got a couple of EV3 sets and the kids were trying to program a simple switch that has the robot drive into a wall, back up, and turn right once the touch sensor in the front is ...
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8answers
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Cleaning between the studs of a build

I've unpacked a few of my models after moving home some time ago, these models have been in a cardboard boxes for several months and need cleaning: I've tried compressed air, which only makes some ...
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2answers
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Where can I get 'classic' Lego heads from?

The new heads with expressions are all well and good, but I for one prefer the expressionless 'classic' faces. Are they available anywhere?
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1answer
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Pass sensor or motor port number as a parameter

I want to create a block for one light sensor or one motor separately. Is it possible to give the number of the port as a parameter to a sensor or motor block via data wire? In NXT-G it was possible.
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2answers
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Difference between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms

Can anyone explain what the difference is between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms. I don't understand why they are not in the same product group. Also LEGO Kingdoms is no longer listed on the lego.com ...
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2answers
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Older sets in The Lego Movie?

Are there any existing/hisorical complete sets (for example: buildings, vehicles, etc) featured in The Lego Movie? Sets created specifically for the movie do not count. For example, the bad cop's ...
2
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1answer
119 views

EV3 Rapt3r's head cable interfering with slithering

My Rapt3r is working great, except that the cable that goes from the head to the "Intelligent Brick" physically interferes with the slithering on the side on which it is plugged (port 4). Physically ...
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1answer
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A piece with no place in Heartlake Stables

I recently bought this set for my niece for her birthday, when we were finished setting it up we noticed a larger orange piece that we couldn't find a place for but was in the set and in the back of ...
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3answers
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Design of record-breaking builds

This is more a theoretical than practical question... If one wanted to build a 40-metre tower out of only Lego using the fewest pieces or cost, what design would be a good one, e.g. types of pieces ...
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4answers
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What other uses are there for pull-back motors?

Sets 42010 and 42011 feature a pull-back motor. They have a very high torque for a very small numbers of turns, they then free-wheel. I'm trying to find alternate usage for them. That is anything but ...
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3answers
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Where can I download the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 IDE?

I want to see how well that IDE runs on my old Windows XP laptop. I looked on www.lego.com, but it seems to all be documentation (downloads).
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1answer
239 views

How much depth does the NXT battery pack add?

The NXT rechargeable battery pack does not fit flush with the back of the NXT brick like the battery cover (used with 6xAAs) does. I don't have the battery pack (yet), so I was wondering how much ...
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6answers
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How to fix Mindstorms Error Code 1003

I am using the Lego Mindstorms NXT Education Kit, software version 2.1. Everything was working fine writing programs and downloading them to the robot until all of a sudden when I tried downloading a ...
4
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2answers
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How can I find the analog output of a color sensor?

Could anyone provide me with an image of the voltage output of an NXT or EV3 colorsensor. I would like to have the analog output if it's possible, and not the digital output.
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1answer
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Did all the nxt 2.0 lego content vanish from the Lego website?

I keep finding links to pictures and projects that evidently used to be on an nxt content site at lego. Is all of that information just gone? A site called nxtasy also seems to have vanished. Are ...
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As of November 2011, should I buy the NXT 2.0 now, or wait and buy the NXT 3.0 later? [closed]

I have played with the original RCX when I was in school, and I'm so in love with it. Now I have just got my first job and I would like to get an NXT robot. However, I saw in this Wikipedia article ...
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1answer
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Connecting a webcam to NXT and streaming a video

is it possible to connect any webcam or modify it in such a way that the NXT controller will be able to stream a video to another computer? Iv'e seen there are special sensors for it, but I can't ...
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2answers
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Is the NXT forward compatible with EV3 sensors and motors?

Is it possible to use EV3 sensors and motors with the NXT intelligent brick? I've read that the EV3 is backward compatible with NXT motors and sensors, but does vice versa work as well? Is the NXT ...
4
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1answer
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Emmet's couch model in official sets different than the movie?

Lego's official building instructions for The Sea Cow set include building instructions for building Emmet's couch from The Lego Movie. Are there differences between this model and the one actually ...
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2answers
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How to install NXT Firmware 1.28?

Lego is giving 1.31 from their website but I need 1.28, how can I install it?
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1answer
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NXT or EV3 gyro sensor

Do NXTs or EV3s have gyro sensors or built-in gyro sensors? How can I know the direction of the robot?
3
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1answer
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Installing Linux on my NXT

I have an old NXT laying around and I want to set it up with my printer so I can connect it to the cloud. In order to do this I need to install Linux on the NXT and connect the NXT's USB port to the ...
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1answer
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I can’t run the NXT 1.0 program software on my Mac version 10.6

How do I fix this? I run the install program, restart my computer, go to the “Applications” folder and there is a folder named “LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT”. I open the folder and there are three “options”: a ...
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1answer
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NXT program not running

We have multiple NXT Bricks. We can read sensor data and motor degrees from View. Some are running FW 1.31, others FW 1.28. When we try a simple 5-step NXT program, the motors will not turn. We tries ...
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0answers
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Error code 00020e

I keep getting the error code 00020e, if anyone can help, that would be greatly appreciated! We are not sure what is happening, we have checked everything over countless times Please help!
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1answer
130 views

ERROR CODE 7- Cannot download needed file for the program

I am kind of new in LEGO MINDSTORMS, I tried to download a program to the NXT robot and got the Error code 7- "Cannot download needed file for the program" - can someone tell me what should i do?
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0answers
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How can I control nxt 2.0 robot with a Wiimote in labview?

I am building a robot with Labview for LEGO Mindstorms and I have wanted to hook up the robot to move based on a Wiimote or Wii remote. However, I have not found a file to download to enable me to do ...
3
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2answers
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How can I get replacement Mindstorms NXT components?

I recently have been trying to work with robotics, via the Mindstorms NXT kits. But as of lately it seems the physical components in the kit went missing (everything except the brick, cables, servos, ...
2
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2answers
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NXT Brick will not update firmware

I'm running 6 NXT robots in an introductory class. Occasionally we've had bricks that would not accept a program and I've reset the brick by pushing the reset button under the battery pack as well as ...

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