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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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Identification for Hinge-like Piece

I'm trying to follow building instructions on Brickshelf, but I'm having some trouble finding the piece on the right in this photo: . Anyone know what it is?
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What is SNOT building?

I have seen reference on LEGO forums to "SNOT building". This sounds gross! Are there really squishy-sticky LEGO bricks, or what?
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Minifig rotatable legs on a stick - what is this?

What kind of piece is this? Emboss says "(c)2003 The LEGO Group" and there is a 4303 number below. I browsed Peeron a little but didn't find anything similar. There are two red handles, one rotates ...
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How do I build a sloped roof with a 60° rake?

I've seen the sloped roof on the "Winter Village Post Office" and similar using plates, and I want to build a roof with a similar angle: What should I use to ensure they are well attached?
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Why can't I reproduce this SD card box in LDD?

I've built an SD card box a few years ago. Now I am trying to reproduce it in Lego Digital Designer. However when I tried to reproduce the closed version, LDD refuses to snap it in place. In ...
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How can I fix a flattened gear?

I have an old small gear that somehow got flattened to an oval shape. The axle hole is too narrow to slide a bar through, although it is not completely closed shut. How can I repair this gear?
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Under what conditions are the LEGO boardgame dice unfair, and by how much?

For LEGO's board game line, they have moulded a LEGO die, with a 2x2 stud pattern on each side. Obviously, weight distribution is going to be thrown off if you use a full studless plate on one side ...
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Can anyone find a photo of the “LEGO bricks, not LEGOS” insert?

Debates aside; I have been told that there used to exist a message either in Lego catalogs or inserts in boxes that reads as this: The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us ...
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What is the best-practice for circular lego staircase construction?

Aside from using the grey key-hole shapes, I'm looking for a Lego-standard or best-practice method for building a circular Lego staircase? Requirements: 6-8 studs "wide" (from the center to outer ...
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How to remove scratches from LEGO windshield parts?

I was storing my windshields from cars with other my bricks. Now they are scratched, nearly not transparent just translucent. Is there a way to sanitize transparent parts from scratches?
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What different series are or have there been designed primarly for girls?

My daughter loves to play with LEGO sets but she is really wants to play with pink or 'girl' LEGO. I have ordered a few of the new LEGO Friends sets but I was wondering what other LEGO themes' have ...
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What does “AFOL” mean?

I've seen the term AFOL around; for example, this site has an afol tag. What does AFOL stand for?
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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How can I add additional detail to large walls?

I've seen some rather impressive castle builds over the years, and with the release of Helm's Deep I'm clearly going to be building a few myself now. As this set uses the LEGO sticker sheet to add ...
10
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1answer
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Where can I find the LEGO fire dept. logo in high resolution or in vector format

I want print a high resolution version of the Lego fire department shield (the shield with three flames that is used on all Lego fire trucks). When I search with Google, I find mostly low resolution ...
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How to fix Mindstorms Error Code 1003

I am using the Lego Mindstorms NXT Education Kit, software version 2.1. Everything was working fine writing programs and downloading them to the robot until all of a sudden when I tried downloading a ...
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How much depth does the NXT battery pack add?

The NXT rechargeable battery pack does not fit flush with the back of the NXT brick like the battery cover (used with 6xAAs) does. I don't have the battery pack (yet), so I was wondering how much ...
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Why does the Erling brick have a ridge below its outward facing stud?

Why does the Erling brick (#4070) have a ridge below its outward facing stud? Whereas the more versatile and less common #87087 does not? The #87087 piece also has a better use in SNOT usage, as it ...
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Do regular Lego trains fit onto Duplo tracks?

I have a small kid and a bunch of Duplo train track. (Like what's in this set.) Would "grown up" sets, like the Emerald Night or Maersk trains, work on that track? They look pretty close (the wheels ...
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How can I build a Lego rubik's cube?

How can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube, I have 2 of them, and I've built them several times, but how can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube.
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What was the 12v AC socket for on the 7864 transformer?

The 7864 transformer had, in addition of the main regulated outlet for controlling trains and a fixed 12v DC for plugging in remote controls and lights, a third socket available which provided 12v AC. ...
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How does the cost of a LEGO railroad compare to a traditional scale railroad layout?

How do the costs compare between a railroad layout constructed with LEGO trains and a nearly identical layout using traditional scale models, such as HO?
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Virtual LEGO / Technics / Mindstorms simulation environments

I know that there are quite a few LEGO CADs floating around, but are there any physically correct simulation environments for models built with LEGO / Technic / Mindstorms parts, that would, for ...
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What are the torque limits of gears?

I am using Lego in the classroom to introduce students to geared machines. As part of this I am asking them to design a winch, using a small 1.5V DC motor and a collection of the common Lego gears, ...
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How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3?

Having learned that Mindstorms EV3 doesn't work directly with Power Functions, Q: Can you use Power Functions motors with the EV3 programmable brick? A: No, the connector does not match. I ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect technic liftarms at a 90 degree angle?

Is there a way to connect the two beams in this angle and still keep the connection strong and keep the rotation the same?
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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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Are the molds for LEGO bricks maintained in house or is maintanance partly outsourced?

I'm a maintenance engineer myself and busy with my MBA courses with the following strategic question: what maintenance can be outsourced or not. I was wondering if Lego does all maintenance of the ...
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How do I add a light to the Red Cargo Train?

I want to add led light to the front (and probably back) of the Red Cargo Train but the shape of the light is making me wonder what brick I should use to hold the light. I've never seen these lights ...
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Making an ATM with an EV3

I am building an ATM using my LEGO Mindstorms EV3, but I ran across a problem. The problem is that I want to be able to input the amount of money that I want to get out of the ATM but I can only have ...
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How to get good color readings from the color sensor?

What type of setup is needed to get good color readings from the Mindstorms EV3 color sensor: Shape of object? Size of object? Distance to object? Color of background?
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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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How can I make a precise one-way clutch using Technic elements?

I need a mechanism so that if a (NXT) motor rotates forward, it moves one gear, but the other stays still, but if it rotates backward, the first gear does not move, but the second one does. I found ...
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Can I use the old 12V rails with the remote trains?

I have a bunch of old 12v track. I am looking to get my son into LEGO, but I am thinking of getting the remote set so we can expand it some more. My question is, can I connect the new track to the ...
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How to repair cracked/peeling decals?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to repair and protect cracked/peeling decals, like these pictured in my 10019 set: Some kind of film or lacquer?
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How can I find the value of a LEGO set over several years?

Bricklink has this handy feature on its site which allows you to view the average selling prices of a particular set based on previous auctions. I like this feature, but unfortunately, it only ...
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Can 10153 9V train motor be powered by the Power Functions Battery pack?

I am currently making the switch to Power Functions with my Lego Train collection and am wondering if I can power the old 9v motors that I used with the metal rails, with a battery box from the power ...
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1answer
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New ways of connecting levels of multi-story modular buildings

Compare these two instructions from the Green Grocers and Pet Shop modular building and you may notice (other than the background colour) that the top of the walls of the buildings are both arranged ...
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What are the differences between the two available pizza elements?

In the "Buy pieces" section of the Lego website, I looked up the pizza element. It turns out there are actually two of them! Element 6102555 costs $0.41/piece and 81867 costs $0.37/piece, but they ...
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Strongest LEGO structuce - (1) Pillars

What is the strongest LEGO structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest LEGO ...
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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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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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How can you estimate the value of a LEGO collection?

I might get a chance to buy a big LEGO collection of an old colleague of mine, but before I even come out with this suggestion I'd like to know, more or less, how much it should be worth? The last ...
5
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1answer
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Strongest gear configuration

I'm building a (what I hope to be) high-speed car using two PF-XL motors together and some gearing up. However, there's a point where I have to rotate the axle with power (that comes from the 3 speed ...
5
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1answer
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Help Installing NXT-G On Mac 10.6.x

I'm failing to install NXT-G on Mac 10.6.x. Whatever I try seems to end up with an error saying "A required file is broken" when I try to run the IDE. Could someone talk me through the steps please? ...
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What kind of yellow is used for a typical minifigure?

I've done some research and found a basic LEGO basic colour pallet. I recognise the yellow used for yellow bricks (24, Bright Yellow, #fec400) but it doesn't seem to match the colour for minifigures ...
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How can EV3 Gyro sensor drift be handled?

EV3 robots can use a Gyro sensor to determine the direction the robot is heading. The initial conditions are important. The sensor needs to be still and then the sensor reset. However, once in a ...
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1answer
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Is there a step-by-step guide to extracting a parts list from LDD to bricklink?

I'd like to build a model I have in LDD, but i don't know how to get my parts list (I exported BOM) into bricklink. I know there is rebrickable, but I don't see an option to import either .lxf or ...
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Does the Mindstorms EV3 software run on OS X El Capitan?

El Capitan was released a few days ago, and I want to upgrade. Will there be issues with the software, or will it run nicely on El Capitan? My Mac: Retina MacBook Pro 13", Early 2015

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