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Suspension bridge building techniques

I am working on a suspension bridge with my sons and have encountered two problems. Our technique: 8x6 plates for the roadway 1x8 bricks (with side-holes) underneath each side of the roadway to ...
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Unable to connect to NXT using NeXTTool via USB cable

For reasons beyond me, the NXC program MotorControl22.rxe in my NXT has disapeared. So i thought I'd just download it from my computer over to the NXT using NeXTTool. This is where the trouble ...
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How to store large amounts of bigger bricks?

I am aware of this question and of this post blog on Evil Mad Scientist which include a couple of interesting. My issue with the first one is that it is completely unsuitable for larger amounts of ...
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Naming a program in EV3 software?

I have figured out how name a project but cannot figure out how to rename a program.
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EV3 digital interface with sensors?

The EV3 Brick is noted as having both analog and a higher speed digital I/O with auto ID up to 460.8 Kbit/s (UART), and 4 motor port with encoders. The NXT Brick has 4 sensor ports both Analog and ...
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Where can I buy older sets, such as the 10187 VW Beetle?

A few years ago LEGO issued a wonderful set of a classic 1960 Volkswagen Beetle, for an selling price of $120. A few years have past and I can't find it anywhere except on eBay where it is sold for ...
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Setting priorities in LEGO NXT Programmer

For a sumo bot competition I made a robot that has a perfectly functioning ultrasonic senor. However, when I made a second branch on the program for a light sensor, I calibrated the light sensor and ...
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NXT brick not executing programs correctly

I have an issue that I am hoping someone might be able to resolve: We're using Mindstorms in the classroom as part of a STEM program and have one NXT brick that wont execute programs correctly. The ...
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How can I tell if my NXT motor is faulty?

I pulled my old Mindstorms NXT out of storage (it's been there for a few years). After patching together a test robot, I noticed that my motors behave strangely. At first, one of the motors did not ...
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Why are some of the supports on bottom of a lego piece hollow, and other are solid?

I've added an image of me holding two 1x3 bricks, one has solid supports (not sure the technical name...) and the other has hollow supports. Does anyone know the reason why they are different? Other ...
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Cheap Lego sets for Kindergarten classroom?

I am wondering what is the best way to get a set of Lego bricks for my kindergarten classroom? The children love playing with them and I no longer own them due to a transfer of grade levels.
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Which bricks warrant an extra to be included in a set?

I know why there are extra pieces in the sets, but I'm curious to find out which pieces will typically have an extra. I know that usually 1x1 plates (both square and round) will have an extra ...
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Is it possible to edit a my block input parameter value?

I have created my blocks but want to change the input parameter to a negative. Is this possible or must all the myblocks be re-written?
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Is there a microphone that works with Mindstorms EV3?

I'm planning to program my EV3 robot to do voice chat over VOIP using ev3dev and a Debian program. Is this possible? Are there microphones known to work with EV3, and has anyone had experience using ...
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NXT shuts down in 5 minutes

I have an NXT brick that will always shut down after 5 minutes. No, it is not the sleep timer. Documentation from the NXT Hardware SDK, page 17, states that if the ARM7 processor does not send back ...
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Cleaning lego: substances that can be safely used without causing damage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I've used a normal washing up solution of Fairy washing up liquid and warm water to good effect previously, but I do find the blocks ...
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How can I make a pigglet headed LEGO figure to be a sidekick for my Gadget Hero?

I have a LEGO superhero that I painted, and he needs a sidekick. The Sidekick is a boy who has the head of a pigglet! But how do I make a Pigglet head?!?
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Please identify this broken LEGO Technic piece

This piece is from LEGO Technic 8070 Super Car. Can anyone please identify its name as it's broken and I need to get a new one.
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Identify minifigure torso - yellow with blue “N” on front

I've got a yellow torso (with yellow arms). The front (I believe) has a large blue letter 'N' with a orange drop shadow. Otherwise the torso is plain. I've tried loads of search terms on bricklink to ...
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Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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Pick A Brick delivery times

I am about to order some bricks using the online Pick A Brick service. Unfortunately, its delivery time information is confusing. In the right column of the checkout page, it says: Your item will ...
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What's a good base collection of tiles?

I recently picked up a copy of the LEGO ideas book, and been inspired. As a novice builder, I've noticed that almost every model makes use of tiles to provide a finished look, which seems like a great ...
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Authentic or Not?

I browse periodically on eBay and see a lot of superhero lego minfigs. Are these real or Chinese knockoffs? It says that they're from China. I just search "lego minifigures". ...
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Robot that builds a copy of itself

I'd like to try building a robot that can build a copy of itself. Basically, I guess that involves: having some means of navigating around (i.e. wheels, tracks, something to move on) having some ...
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How to build a flywheel crankshaft piston pattern with technic?

I'm not sure of the name of the pattern, feel free to edit title if you have a better name for the pattern commonly used in engines. I was just wondering if anyone has built this specific pattern in ...
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What are some 3rd party mini-figure gun makers that distribute in Canada?

I'd like to buy some flint-lock era mini-figure guns for my collection, something like these guns. What I don't want is to pay the outrageous customs fees to get them to Canada. Does anyone know of ...
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What set does this minifigure head come from?

I came across this picture: I think the body is from The LEGO Movie Pajamas Emmet polybag, but have no idea where the head is from.
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What is the best way to make a staircase?

I have built a Bat Cave from some bookcases and lego base plates. ( http://alice-yarns.co.uk/blog/2013/11/17/the-batcave-part-i/ ) I want to add staircases for the characters to move between each of ...
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How to locate objects, and move towards them, without pre-programming the path

So I need to find objects in an enclosed area, I have access to the standard set of NXT sensors, i.e. ultrasonic/light. However, the ultrasonic sensors seem to be very unreliable and erratic, in ...
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Getting started with Mindstorms and/or Technic

I'm looking into getting started with LEGO. Can you briefly describe the difference between Technic and Mindstorms? I've read that the parts and compatible, so I suppose it's the functions that ...
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Are the Lego looking figures in the picture real?

I stumbled on this picture on the Nerd Fitness blog's paleo diet page: Are they real Lego figures? (both the mammoth and the hunters) or photoshopped? If so, are they correct? Or merely repurposed ...
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List of Lego Technic sets with remote controller?

I am interested in buying a set with motors (etc) with a remote controller. Is there a website that allows to search with this conditions? Official website is pretty bad. I have found the Lego ...
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Easy way to get the weight of a Bricklink order

Is there an easy way to estimate, to the nearest 100 g (or so) the weight of a shopping cart in Bricklink so that I can estimate the shipping charge (sellers may quote ranges such as "250 - 500 g: $X, ...
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Frame Rate recommended for Stop Motion?

I do Stop Motion with Legos, (LEGOs are just great for SMA,) and I was wondering (because you guys are the pros), what frame rate per second, (fps) oyu guys would recommend. I use 15, and ...
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Where can I find LEGO technic pieces? [closed]

I love the design by me software, but there are too few LEGO Technic pieces. Do you know somes places (in Europe) where I can find LEGO Technic pieces without buying sets ?
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Why do some sets have two different numbers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did Lego use the same number for two different sets? For example, 324 Ricky Racoon on his Scooter and 3605 Ricky Racoon and his Scooter appear to be identical in ...
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How do I make my logo/mascot into a custom LEGO model?

I operate an Indoor Playground & Cafe and would love to find out how to make my mascot/logo into a 4' custom LEGO sculpture. Any assistance appreciated! A bit of looking indicates that LDD will ...
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Resources to learn useful common Mindstorms mechanical construction patterns

I'm currently working on building a small scale CNC-like (X-Z, no Y axis) machine to cut glass mosaic tiles. I decided to give it a go using my EV3 set and I'm having some trouble with the Z-axis ...
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Vision Command and Exploration Mars software for Mindstorms RIS 2.0

I recently bought a set 3804 LEGO Mindstorms RIS (Robotics Invention System) v2.0 very well maintained but did not have the installation CD of the RCX program and IR tower. With some research on the ...
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What is this cylinder like part?

I found a pair of these among some parts I bought. It looks like some sort of cylinder, which could hold an axle for a piston. Is that correct, and how would I use it then?
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What are the bricks in this picture/video?

Can someone please identify the pieces in this picture? I'd like to acquire these, but I'm not a LEGO enthusiast, so I don't really have an idea where to start. For reference, the picture was ...
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Biggest European LEGO event?

I was wondering if there is a big European event where new sets and custom sets are shown, and maybe deals on sets or pieces, something like an E3 for LEGO or something similar. I looked on Google but ...
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Turn a tank a specific number of degrees

I don't have a gyro sensor so that's not a possible solution (until I purchase one). I figured I'd just do the math on this one. What I'd really like to know are: The circumference of the ...
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Unhappy minifig faces [duplicate]

I dislike how many current sets and mystery figures come with negative expressions such as sad, angry, and mad. Sure they have their place and purposes, but I'd prefer my son not have so many grumpy ...
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On what plane is 6912 Super Soarer based?

The set 6912, Super Soarer, features a yellow jet plane. My first thoughts were towards the Harrier, but it has exhausts on the tail, which the Harrier doesn't have. On what plane, if any, is it ...
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Duplo Train Thomas?

Anyone know if Lego will make new Thomas And Friend Duplo? The first sets were from 2005-2009 and I can't find any information about the future of this licences
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Is there a fix for an NXT reporting “File error!” when running an EV3 program?

I downloaded the new EV3 software from Lego and installed it on Windows 7. The EV3 software runs. I plugged in an NXT using a USB cable. EV3 can edit the memory on the NXT and remove ...
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How can I transmit horizontal torque to vertical?

I have a setup where I have a step motor which I am attaching a gear onto. The motor will make the gear stand horizontal in a small vehicle. Is there any good gear combinations of LEGO gears that can ...
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A Faster LEGO Train Motor?

I was going over LEGO Power Functions train motors, and I was not satisfied with the speed. Speed seven is fast enough to derail the train on the curve, but not fast enough realistically. I am ...
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Help identify this 70s or 80s lego space set

I bought some bags of LEGO bricks which appear to contain a 1970's space set in it. I want to find instructions to put it all back together.

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