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Any way to create a gear+chain, like for a bike?

I would like to create a LEGO bike. I can imagine how most of it would work, but i'm stuck at the chain. I need a way for the turning pedals (at one spot) to cause the wheel (in the back) to spin ...
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1answer
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Preparations for outside display

I am thinking of using LEGO to make some outside yard art, (large minifig scale castle) and wondered what I should do to prepare them for being outside in variable weather conditions (in the Seattle ...
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Fixing poorly applied stickers

Does anyone have any tricks to removing a sticker and reapplying, after a significant period of time? I recently purchased a lot of sets from 2000-2010 range, and the stickers look like they were ...
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Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?

A couple of years ago (around 2010 I think), I bought a number of the Star Wars magnet sets, as they looked like a (slightly) economical way of buying a number of specialist characters (including the ...
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1answer
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What are the curve radii for the curved slope pieces?

Does anyone have a table with the curve radii for the curved slope pieces? If not, does anyone have a good idea for measuring a third point on the curve? Since I know the front and the back ...
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1answer
574 views

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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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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What's the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according to the distance of the object?

Hey I'm programming a sumobot for a first-year university Civil Engineering project. We should need the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according tot the distance of an object. For example, the sensor ...
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1answer
138 views

How make robot turning going straight?

I have been struggling with this function for a while. I want my robot to turn left until it detects black then turn right until it hits black again. Then, I will divide the angle in half and call ...
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1answer
519 views

Is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 brick waterproof?

I am trying to build a ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) with Lego Mindstorms Ev3. Is it waterproof?
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163 views

Strain Gauge on Lego Bridge

I had an idea to teach my son (almost 4) about bridges and large structures from an engineering point of view. I thought that it would be cool to build a large bridge and put a strain gauge on it. One ...
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2answers
801 views

IDE recommendations for EV3 programming

Does anybody have any recommendations for non-GUI programming of the EV3 unit? I'm impressed by the LabVIEW software, but as a professional C# and VB.Net programmer (with C, C++ experience), I find ...
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1answer
673 views

can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> ...
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1answer
272 views

where can I find simple Lego ideas [closed]

I have just acquired a bunch of bricks and specialized bricks. Where could I get a lot of ideas? Anything to do with a city would be good. I have already tried the LEGO club.
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1answer
306 views

What is the input to the Speed Regulator?

I wanted to buy a transformer for the speed regulator, so based on this image, I bought a transformer with 12V DC output. It works. However, discussing this with a fellow AFOL, he pointed out that ...
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1answer
77 views

NXT shuts down USB on Mac after connecting motors

After successfully connecting our NXT to my Macbook Air and upgrading firmware to 1.31 we built our first robot. We plugged in the motors to ports A, B & C and now we get an Error stating that USB ...
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699 views

Is it possible to add the power functions to Western Train Chase?

I recently got the Red Cargo Train and it's a great Lego set but a Cars themed train going around my Christmas tree would be even better. Has anyone gotten the power functions to work on the Western ...
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2answers
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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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Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”

I am trying to make a brick-built alternative to the swivelling door piece that's frequently used to provide secret entrances in castle sets. Example: this combination (images from Bricklink) The ...
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3answers
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How many spaceman minifigure variations exist?

I was looking at collecting all the different Spaceman minifigures. So I'm wondering how many different types(styles) of Spaceman do exist. Color variations is not necessarily but it would also be ...
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1answer
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Where to find older sets (eg. Classic Space)?

Can people share their experiences on how they locate older sets? Have you had luck with flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, etc.? Or is everything done through eBay and BrickLink? Any comments ...
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1answer
144 views

Is it possible to use a LEGO NXT ultrasonic sensor for a LEGO train crossing?

I was looking at LEGO NXT components, and I found the ultrasonic sensor. I was wondering that if I put off to the side of the track, the nose of my train would activate the sensor, thus operating the ...
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2answers
147 views

Faulty NXT Motor

I have a motor that prevents the program from running. It simply allows a few slow movements forward with stops in between. It seems very stiff to rotate manually. Any way I can repair this motor?
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0answers
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Train track switching using servo motor [duplicate]

My project requires using a servo motor for switching track. It needs to be automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
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1answer
197 views

Need help to identify minifigure

Can someone help me to identify minifigure linked below: I´ve been searching now about three hours without luck :)
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2answers
164 views

Opaque bricks with no center post?

What is the purpose of 1x2 red bricks without a post inside the brick? I know they often leave out the middle post on transparent bricks to make them look more window-like, but what about in opaque ...
3
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1answer
118 views

Teleoperated arm trouble

I have built a robotic arm with the lego Mindstorms ev3. My goal is to control its motion via teleoperation, that is , to have a gyro sensor strapped onto my arm and have the robot mimick the up and ...
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2answers
302 views

Substitutions for vintage hinges

I've recently gotten back into LEGO and I'm trying to restore old space sets (late 80's era) by buying parts on Bricklink. I've noticed that some of the hinge pieces are extremely expensive (e.g. ...
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What is the average price per piece?

Some LEGO pieces are probably more expensive than others, but what is the average price per piece of LEGO pieces, when sold as part of a kit? Is there any place containing statistics or graphs about ...
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1answer
417 views

How can I use the EV3 educational firmware instead of the retail version?

I have an EV3 brick from the retail kit, which is currently running the retail firmware. I would like to replace the EV3's firmware with the educational version. How can I do this?
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2answers
110 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
266 views

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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3answers
180 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
555 views

How do can I tell if minifigures are custom-made or LEGO Originals?

I see that on Amazon you can find a lot of minifigures but I can't tell if they are cheap knock-offs or not.
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1answer
299 views

Convert 3rd party NXT programming language code to NXT-G program?

Is there a way to convert code from one or more 3rd party programming languages used for programming the NXT into a program that can be loaded up in NXT-G? If not, do any text-based languages provide ...
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2answers
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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 ...
3
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1answer
196 views

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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145 views

Lego Motor for cycling a tool

I am curios to know if I can utilise the Lego Power range to rotate a transducer to a set point and return to its original position and if so is it able to cycle the movements repetitively? Ideally I ...
2
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1answer
171 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 ...
2
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1answer
139 views

What part can I use to get the connection

This is what I have.. Would like to connect the long "thing" to the square base.. not sure which part will give me a angled elevation In case you are wondering what I am trying to do.. this is what ...
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1answer
346 views

What plastic do Quatro blocks use?

I recently picked up a heap of Quatro blocks, and noticed that the plastic seems to be much softer than the normal ABS-based Lego and Duplo blocks. Does anyone know what kind of plastic was used in ...
2
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1answer
1k views

RGB sensor HOWTO use?

I've got an RGB sensor (this one with the three LED thingies) and wonder how to access it using NXC. I know I can SetSensorColorFull(IN_1); and then access it using ReadSensorColorEx or, for ...
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1answer
161 views

Programming RCX in 10.9 environment

My school has 15 RCX robot kits that this year has just been sitting because all the old computers with OS X 10.4 are now gone and we are using OS X 10.9. I would like to run the original RoboLab ...
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1answer
882 views

Direct command lego ev3 [closed]

Is there any documentation about direct command bluetooth of EV3? Thanks, regards!
2
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1answer
4k views

Code for PID for EV3-g

I want to use PID for my Ev3. I used PID for NXT-G before, but I have never used EV3-G before and don't know how to get PID. Could someone please post a screen shot of the code or upload the file?
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1answer
138 views

LEGO mindstorm - which product to use to make projects mentioned below

I have to buy Lego Mindstorm kit for some projects. I really have never used Lego before, my friend asked me to consult him about projects (I use micro controllers and make robots from material I ...
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0answers
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What method do you use to figure out what set you have? [duplicate]

This question really got me thinking about this: I bought a second hand pack of pieces and it looks like it may be a specific set How do you even go about figuring that out? How would you even start? ...
0
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1answer
442 views

Guide me on how to use my Mindstorm RCX kit on OS X Mavericks

Any suggestions on how I can use my old RCX set on Mavericks? I have set up Xcode command line tools, and I am getting compiler errors while trying to download nqc through Macports. Even downloading ...
5
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1answer
727 views

How can I use 1 motor for grabbing/lifting and another for moving?

I am really stuck on how to use the three motors for better functions. Is there anyway in which I can use 1 motor for efficient/quick movement while turning left and right? Another thing is whether I ...
0
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1answer
80 views

Decals for Lego Pharaoh's Quest Flying Mummy [duplicate]

Do all lego sets have decals? I am specifically looking for decals for Lego Pharaoh's Quest Flying Mummy.

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