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How much does a LEGO brick weigh?

I am trying to do a science project and I need the exact weight of one of the LEGO pieces. I am using it as a counter balance on my scale. What is the weight of a 1x4 LEGO brick?
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Education EV3 Software Site Licence - installation on teachers computers?

WE've recently purchased some mindstorms ev3 education sets plus the site licence of the Software. in Switzerland many teachers do their preparations at home, so my question is, am I allowed to ...
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need help identifying which set these 3 bags are from

I ended up with three lego bags but need help identifying them. mostly light grey and dark grey with some blue and burgundy. The bags say 2011 lego on recycle symbol. There are two clear half ...
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How to minimise or remove sun-stains/fading from blocks?

In particular, I've had white blocks that have yellowed in places. Can the colour consistency be restored? Or at least improved? I'd be more interested in people's actual experiences rather than ...
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EV3 - At what time DIRECT_REPLY is sent by brick?

For example: I've sent DIRECT_COMMAND_REPLY to rotate the motor for 720 deg. When EV3 brick should send reply: before motor finished rotation (right after my command was received) or after motor ...
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EV3 Error and VM Program Instruction Break

I'm making a program which is very complex and large but it does not contain any Arrays in it. Weird thing is, last night it worked fine but today when I downloaded the exactly same thing into the EV3 ...
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Do you use the plastic buckets for purposes other than organizing your bricks?

We have several bucket sets like #5560. Now that our collection is growing, it's becoming harder to find what we need in the buckets even though we have them sorted by color. Plus they are in a ...
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Any issues with this non-standard gear combination of 12t gears?

I don't see any "accepted" gear ratios for a stud-less direct-diagonal gear combination on sariel's excellent gear coupler but by shifting 12t gears such that they mesh off-center, it seems to work ...
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Connect 39k3 powerpack to 417j3 motor

I'm new to lego. Trying to connect the powerpack 39k3 from 42009 Crane to a 417j3 motor. Is a 8528 Converter Cables for Mindstorms NXT the right cable? Is there a way to hack a phone connector ...
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I need a block that can combine a movement program with NXTbee radio

I am a student. I am working on a science project using LEGO Mindstorms robots enhanced with NXTbees creating a mesh network. My engineering mentor has me using LabVIEW. I am trying to find a block ...
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Does knolling help or is it just part of the fun?

When building a new set, many people knoll their LEGO bricks before beginning the assembly. My question is: Is there a actual advantage to knolling all the pieces or is it only a way to stretch the ...
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1answer
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Mindstorms 2.0 can't download to NXT brick with error 142023

Using Mindstorms education 2.0 on a Windows 7 computer I can't seem to get the program to see the NXT via USB or bluetooth dongle. When connected by USB nothing appears in the NXT window with device ...
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How exactly does the pull-back motor (12787) work?

I've got the 42034 Quad for my birthday and it's been really fun to play with technic after so many years. I am very curious about one thing, though - how does the pull-back motor (12787) work and ...
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1answer
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Lego 3804, Mind Storms Robotics Invention System 2.0

I gave my grandson (11 years old) the lego 3804 mind storms robotics invention system 2.0. he built a couple things and when he tried to install software to program what he built, the computer would ...
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Where can I find 'Dolphin', the 3D model to LEGO software?

It was created at the École Polytechique Fédérale de Lausanne. But it seems it is no longer available for to download. Does anybody knows what happened?
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1answer
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Which combination has a lower gear friction?

I need roughly a 1:3 reduction and I see a couple of ways to achieve it: using a 8t gear and a 24t gear (1:3) using 2x 12t gears and 2x 20t gears (1:2.779) using a 16t gear and a 40t gear (1:2.5) ...
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Set missing all the Minifigures and a few other parts

When I got the Quinjet set, I dug through every bag but the manufacturers forgot a few pieces and my set didn't have any minifigures. How can I get the missing minifigures and the parts I'm missing?
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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1answer
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My building is developing gaps and spaces

I am building a large project, and there are spaces developing between bricks and plates. I've been working on it for almost a year, and some places are 20+ bricks high. What can cause this over time? ...
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1answer
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Lego Mindstorms RCX RIS 2.0 IR tower Windows 7 / Windows XP driver

So I've recently dug up my old Lego Mindstorms RIS 2.0 (RCX) and have spent the past few days trying to install it into my Windows 7 laptop. It worked fine, except it could not find the correct ...
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1answer
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Pre-Technic gears?

I have this set of LEGO gears. I remember seeing them first at my grandparents in the mid 80's. They predate my first Technic sets (~84 or 85). I have fond memories of my dad building a 3-speed ...
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Brick Compendium: BIONECULAR LEGO [closed]

I'm a great fan of the BIONICLE series. My oldest sets were the Bohrok from Wave 1 part 2, as I'm calling it. Seeing as how I haven't posted here yet, I'm going to ask for a comprehensive compendium ...
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1answer
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Can i change the way the ir remote works?

I bought an EV3 and the first thing that I want to do with it is control models with the remote. I finally discovered how to do this after a long search. It can control the Formula EV3 racing car ...
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4answers
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Lego remote controlled cargo train not working

I've helped my son put together the Cargo Train set (60052) but now we can't get the remote control to work. It all looks like it's been assembled correctly with new batteries put in, but it doesn't ...
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3answers
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What is the easiest way to sell Lego sets for a good price?

I have a HUGE collection of LEGO sets that I want to sell. Ebay is too cheap and Craigslist takes too long. Is there an easier and faster way to get some good money?
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1answer
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What is the “Module” of a LEGO gear?

Module, m this indicates the tooth size and is the number of mm of pitch circle diameter (p.c.d.) per tooth. For gears to mesh, their modules must be equal. Gear ISO standards and design ...
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1answer
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Which set includes a large white mask

I bought a sealed bag at Goodwill but It did not include any information on what set it is from. Pieces look like large white body plates, skeletal/Stormtrooper mask and tusks.
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What year did the minicon “micro BrickCon” first appear at “BrickCon”?

It seems like minicons (a minicon is a Lego display consisting of minilander figures looking at miniland scale tables populated by microscale MOCs) are popping up everywhere lately. The last known ...
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1answer
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How can I build a LEGO structure based on a real building?

I have a grandson who wants to build a LEGO building that looks like the high rise building I live in.
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How do I print images onto minifig body parts?

I have seen a few custom minifigures out there with images on certain body parts never produced by LEGO. What is the best way to achieve this? I have heard of some people printing out the image on ...
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1answer
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software for LEGO NXT 8527 [duplicate]

where can I get an updated software version for my LEGO NXT 8527? I bought my LEGO NXT some years ago and now that I want to use I can install the software on my current computer.
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1answer
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How do I update my NXT firmware using EV3 software

The new EV3 software tells me to update my firmware on the NXT. When I go to the tools menu and select update firmware it tells me the NXT brick can not support this function.
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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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What is the smallest LEGO component?

When I purchase bulk LEGO bricks, one of the first things I do is to tip the whole lot into a mesh bag and give them a good soak in the bath (of course, I remove all the electrical bits etc. first). ...
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2answers
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What are the inspirational resources for building with Duplo?

I am interested in knowing what are the inspirational resources for building with Duplo, so I can spend more quality time with them. For example have Lego ever released Duplo building instructions ...
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What are the dimensions of a LEGO brick?

What are the real world dimensions of bricks? (starting with 1x1 brick) Plates? Studs? Does LEGO think of this in metric or imperial units or something else?
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Renting LEGO Service in UK [closed]

Has anyone used the LEGO rental service, www.letsgoplay.co.uk? I'm not quite an AFOL, but I do enjoy building the larger sets, and although it would be great to keep some of them long term I just ...
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1answer
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What are those 6 extra studs for in 42000 Grand Prix racer?

I recently purchased a set, Technic 42000 Grand Prix Racer, that I am very happy with. However, I am perplexed by the fact that the set came with 6 extra transparent 1x1 round plates (studs). As you ...
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1answer
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Where can I get a large number of LEGO bricks cheap? [duplicate]

Yes, I see other people's amazing MOC's all the time, and think, "man, I could totally do that if I had enough bricks." The problem is, I don't really know where to look for a whole bunch of LEGO ...
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2answers
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How important is a center differential on a 4WD model?

I am looking to make a 4WD, single-engine powered vehicle, and I have seen others such as this which use three differentials to distribute the power to all 4 wheels: ...
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3answers
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How do I move assembled LEGO sets?

How do I move large sets put together? We do not have the instructions or original box. We are moving from one home to another.
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2answers
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what will lego do when all the crude oil on earth is used?

What I basically mean is when crude is no longer available (which is in 53.3 years) what will lego do since crude oil is needed in order to make plastic and all lego bricks are made of plastic? Is ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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How should I connect two LEGO cylinders with pistons to measure the movement caused by sea waves?

As part of a school project I need to make a model of a snake electricity generator. I would like to build this with LEGO elements, and for that, I need to measure the movements of the cylinders ...
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1answer
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Best system for lifting things without pistons

So I am Building a Big walker thing with a mining laser on bottom that can be lifted on one half and the other attached to the vehicle but I cant seem to find a way because the hooks attached to the ...
3
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1answer
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Is LEGO Junior compatible with regular LEGO?

Does LEGO Junior fit with regular LEGO? Say for 8-12 year olds? I want to make sure it is not obsolete and can be used as the child grows alongside the LEGO collection.
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3answers
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Could I do datalogging in Mindstorms EV3 Home edition?

Apparently datalogging is an integrated part of the educational EV3 software. But I got the Home edition. Is there some module or thing I can use to get datalogging functionality in my Home edition? ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to use DUPLO bricks in LDD?

Is there a way to import DUPLO bricks to Lego Digital Designer? Or is there another way to make DUPLO build instructions?
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How do I control one EV3 using another through bluetooth and LabVIEW?

I have LabVIEW 2014 and I'd like to control make one EV3 move forward using another through bluetooth using LabVIEW, and I don't want to have to use the computer as a relay. How do I do this?
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1answer
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Can the rcx work without the infrared tower

I'm getting a rcx 1.0 or 1.5 and it's not coming with the tower. Can I still program it, using some sort of cable?

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