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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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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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API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth

There is official API for Windows, WindowsPhone8 and WinRT https://legoev3.codeplex.com/ it lets you connect to EV3 brick and control it remotely from your WindowsPhone. Are there any libraries ...
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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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Logging and performing mathmatical calc. during run?

Is it possible using the new EV3 to log data, and peform mathmatical calculation on the data while it's being logged, and peform some and thereby trigger some event if some value has been reached?? ...
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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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Brick labels to be printed

I am new to the LEGO "business". But I am building up my inventory, getting close to 100.000 pieces now, and before shooting off, I want to have my "system" organized. That also includes print off ...
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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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Can a EV3 program run simultaneously with the Running Robot commander app?

Is it possible to run the Robot Commander app and a program on the EV3 brick at the same time? If so how would it be accomplished?
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Alternative flowers

I'm compiling a list of elements that are compatible with the Plant Flower Stem. In addition to the Plant Flower Small, I'm aware of at least two alternatives — Friends Accessories Star with Stud ...
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6216m2 motor found… what to do?

I recently found a 6216m2 motor in a jumble of old bricks and such - but no connection wires. Firstly, how does this motor compare against all others? As it is a 4.5V motor, it is not listed in ...
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What's an effective strategy for purchasing large numbers of different bricks?

If you want to go on bricklink for example, you search by part but the end up with parts on various different stores. Buying on ebay is extremely expensive for groups of different parts. How do you ...
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How can I find LEGO bargains on eBay?

Sometimes I have been able to find some good deals on used LEGO sets, however most of the time I spend looking for sets is trial and error. I usually search from Toys & Games > Construction Toys ...
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What are the dimensions of LEGO 10221 Super Star Destroyer?

What is the length, width, and height of the 10221 Super Star Destroyer set, fully built, including its stand? I'm trying to make a display case for one.
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How can I wire up the LEGO 2838?

I would like to know how to hook up the LEGO 2838 9v motor. I understand that the Power Functions extension wire is compatible with the 9v system, but how on earth do I wire them up?
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Direct control of EV3

I need to control a car with an EV3 brick. I want to control it remotely. The trouble is, I'm using an education set so I don't have the remote. What means of controlling it remotely could I use? I ...
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Please help me identifying these spaceship parts - big sloping ring

Which lego set do these parts belong, I have a full box of random pieces, and I wish to build something starting from this. Thanks
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Unlimited engine option does not work

I work in a school and all my Lego NXT bricks have the same problem. Unlimited choice in the activation time engine does not work. The other functions (rotation, and second degree) are going well. So ...
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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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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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How to make NXT bricks communicate information?

Is it possible to connect, in some way, two NXT bricks that has program functions running on both. For example, Brick one would tell brick two that it is okay to start a program. Are there any sensors ...
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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?
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I have a 16x16 stud clear base plate. Where is it from?

I found another grab bag treasure. I ended up with a 16x16 stud clear(ish) base plate. A quick look at bricklink gave me a no items found message. I'd like to know which set(s) this piece can be found ...
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Will Lego Caboose (10014) work with Lego Cargo Train (7939)?

Will at the older Lego Caboose (10014) work with the Lego Cargo Train (7939)? I wonder if it will fit the newer track and if the magnet couplers will still work?
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identification of lego set by color and shape of inner box

I'm trying to identify a lego set only knowing the color, shape of in inner package. The inner box is blue, dimensions are 18 x 11 x 2 3/8" and 9T plastic compartments, There is a 1984 Lego Catalog ...
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Pushing lego city train [duplicate]

Are you able to push the lego city train around the tracks without damaging it or do you always have to use the batteries to make it go.
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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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When and where was the first “official” fan organized Lego Convention held?

I just attended BrickCon 2013 here in Seattle (I wore my new StackExchange T-shirt). When and where was the first "official" fan organized Lego Convention held?
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What is the difference between nxtG and nxt 2.0?

I'm familiar with NXT 1.0 and 2.0 but I've also seen reference (program samples, etc.) to NXT G. What's the difference?
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NXT Motors curving to the right

The NXT motors have been curving to the right by about 10-20 degrees. We have checked the program, no curves. We have checked the wiring, but it is also plugged in fine.
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Have Multiple Inputs to Programming Block

Originally, I had a simple program to move until the robot hit a wall, then it reversed and turned and moved again, repeated to infinity. It works by turning the motors on, waiting for input from the ...
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Variable stick lengths and angles at nodes of building bricks

Is it possible to build 3D toys connecting several LEGO Bricks sticks/rods to make polyhedrons? Lengths and angles between sticks should be variable.
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What kind of “Lego” figures are these?

Can anyone tell me about these lego-compatible figures? They clearly aren't lego brand, they don't look like mega blok figures or tyco figures that I have seen (not that they couldn't be one of those ...
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Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then 22 has got me stumped. Can't figure out how these pieces fit. Please help

Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then instruction 22 has got me stumped. I am not sure whether there is a space between the "high 2 and the blue 4. Please help
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Light on color sensor is blue

We had the sensor color on red and it was working with our remote. We changed the batteries in the 'brain' and now the light sensor is blue and won't work with the remote. Any suggestions? It's a ...
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Creating ski gondolas/tramway with Duplos

I've got a three year old who just came home from a ski vacation where he was enamored with the gondolas (like below). I want to make one with Duplos for him. I'm most of the way there, but have a ...
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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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Any substitute / schematic for Mindstorms 2.0 IR tower?

I came across a used Robotics Invention System 2.0 set, but in addition to a few missing bricks, it is missing the IR tower. Is there any generic replacement that I can use to program the RCX or does ...
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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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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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Pneumatic set pistons getting sticky

My sons "9641 Pneumatics Add on Set" now suffers from stiction. How can this be fixed? Can it be cleaned? Is there a recommended lubricant?
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Can EV3-G MyBlocks be recursive?

Imagine I create a MyBlock called "function1" from a line of blocks. Can I call that block from within itself? This is the program for the block "recursiveTest." Will this block function properly? ...
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Retrobrite cleaning on old cellulose acetate bricks?

Is Retrobrite (cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, oxyclean, sunlight) effective or ineffective or, worse, downright destructive on old cellulose acetate bricks? My understanding is that method of ...
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Trouble finding plastic storage bins for MOCs built on 48x48 stud (gray) baseplates - Ideas?

I have a number of models built on gray baseplates that are that are proving to be difficult to store/transport. Lidded plastic bins would be ideal, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding bins with ...
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How does cleaning yellowed Lego bricks affect their clutch power?

Will cleaning yellowed bricks (via the retr0brite solution) decrease the clutch power of lego bricks? I've also heard that certain colors of embellishments on the minifigs or bricks do not hold up ...

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