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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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Will they ever make LEGO The Amazing Spider-man 2 sets?

I realized that they released an exclusive minifigure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the San Diego Comic Con but I am still wondering if they will ever make LEGO set(s) based on the movie.
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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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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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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
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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Help identify mystery piece and set it could go to

more mystery parts from the bags of Legos we bought. I can't find a lego symbol on it. Is it a Lego or some other brand?![enter preformatted text here][2]
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Help find a piece? [closed]

I am looking for a specific piece. It comes with a new-ish set. I know it is orange and has a space for an axle. It has a point jutting out.
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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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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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Return a robot to its start position?

I have a LEGO NXT robot, and after some movements I would like it to return back where it started. After some research, it looks like my best option is to revert the motors. To decode their movements ...
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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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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 ...
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Why I get this “message unable to compile some documents for deployment ev3”?

I have a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 program that I was working on for a long time but recently and suddenly when I try to download the program the software displays the following message: "unable to ...
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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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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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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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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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Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?

These days I've been coming across a lot of people who've purchased used MINDSTORMS sets from the RCX era, only to find they didn't come with a CD. And in order to use the set, assuming that using an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Is it possible to connect EV3 and NXT bricks like master/slave configuration via bluetooth?

Can I make a Bluetooth connection between LEGO EV3 bricks and LEGO NXT bricks? and If it is possible how to handle the software to make a chain between them?
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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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Where can I find a list of all LEGO sets ever released

Can I get a full list of every set LEGO has ever come out with?

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