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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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Can we program Nxt2 in C++ under Visual studio 2010?

I'd like to know if it is possible to develop C++ software for NXT2 using Visual Studio 2010 as IDE. I know there are small online projects for NXT but I can't find nothing about NXT2.... Any ...
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How can I minimize the number of merchants for given set of requested bricks?

This question should be answered in Bricklink FAQ, but I didn't find answer there. I'm a casual Lego hobbyist, I have a few sets with random pieces missing, about two dozens of them. Some are truly ...
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Which resolution is necessary to print bricks with a 3D printer?

I would like to print LEGO compatible figures. Which resolution is required for the 3D print in order to firmly fix the figures on LEGO bricks?
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Bridge from just basic bricks?

I teach an after-school engineering class using LEGO bricks, one of our classes has the students build a bridge. Each student gets a custom set of about 150 2x4 bricks, about 300 2x2 bricks, and, if ...
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What is known of the capacities of the MINDSTORMS EV3 when it comes to interconnection with a network (WiFi, bluetooth)

What is known of the new MINDSTORMS EV3 capabilities when it comes to netwoked functions. What type of interface can be plugged to interact with a PC or portable device (smartphone/tablet)? In term ...
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Mechanical auto-unblocking mechanism

I have a GBC module1 which is quite simple but blocks regularly because a ball happens to be at just the wrong place at the wrong moment. Per se, it's not a problem as a Technic Gear 24 Tooth Clutch ...
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Is it possible to retrive a text file from an NXT?

I am on a SeaPerch building team which is starting to use a Vernier Dissolved Oxygen probe, connected to an NXT to log the data. I have a bit of programming experience, but nothing in particular with ...
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Lego-compatible suction cups?

I'm looking for suction cups that are compatible with the Lego pneumatic system. I've seen people who have built things with them (on youtube videos, etc), but haven't found anything on eBay or ...
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How well does the new interior lighting system intergrate into a new build?

I enjoyed the interior LEGO lighting I saw at Brickcon 2011. How does the lighting system affect the fit of the LEGO elements involved?
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What is the maximum distance between fixed train wheels?

I'm working on a train, and I'm curious what the maximum distance is between fixed wheel sets in order to properly navigate all of the different types of track (straight, curved, switch, flex, etc). ...
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Homemade methods for interfacing a Servo with LEGO bricks

I'm looking for non-destructive way to structurally attach a standard servo with LEGO bricks. I'm interested in answers for either Large, Medium or Small size servos. I'm using LEGO ...
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Can I use two ultrasound sensors at a time?

Is there a way to use two ultrasound sensors on a Mindstorms NXT without them interfering with each other?
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What was wrong with monorails?

From this answer: Then there's the whole problem of parts which are simply not in production any longer, and for which the cost of reproducing them would offset the potential benefits of reissuing ...
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Which Duplo bricks have practical uses in System building?

Traditional 2x4 and 2x2 Duplo bricks can be used to bulk out models and provide a structural support for landscapes, but have there been any other uses for Duplo bricks of all shapes and sizes in ...
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How to restore old, scratched plates

I have some old lego plates that are quite scratched. They look rather dull compared to the newer pieces in my collection. Is there any way to restore (even partially) the shiny look between the ...
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How can I catalog my LEGO pieces?

I have a fairly large LEGO collection, but not large enough that I can build anything and everything, given instructions. It's already organized quite well, but how can I catalog the pieces I have so ...
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Can I take an old LEGO winch apart?

I have an old LEGO winch that looks like #73037 It has been "restrung" but it is very stiff and it looks like it has some of the old string stuck between the rotating and non-rotating parts. It ...
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Lego with hollow posts underneath - dates?

When did TLG change the small posts on the underside of the modern bricks and plates , eg 1x6 and 1x4, to hollow ones?
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NXC Saturation algorithm for limiting motors?

What is a good algorithm in NXC for control saturation? I want to make sure my motors don't turn past a certain angle, or they will break the model. I could do something like: if (angle > 45) ...
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How do the train wheels turn so smoothly?

After assembling a train or its companion wagons, I'm always impressed at how smoothly the wheels glide over the track. When putting them together, it's just a metal axle with two wheels on each end ...
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What is this yellow hinge piece named?

Recently, I've been flipping through a scan of the March 1995 edition of the LEGO Mania Magazine. Something in the corner of page 11 caught my eye: This is the 5th step of the "Flip & Build" ...
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Damage Boiling LEGO Bricks

I bought some LEGO bricks from shop on Bricklink and received them yesterday. In order to make sure that the pieces were nice and clean (they were used) so that my two year old can play with them, I ...
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Which sets currently contain pneumatic LEGO equipment?

When I was younger my dad bought me 5218-1, a technic-based pneumatics set, which, combined with the old motor system to provide a mini compressor system created quite a bit of entertainment and it ...
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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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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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Simplest approach for rail sets automation

How would you tackle the automation of a lego rails set. I am looking for a solution that can be achieved with available parts. From the answer I will chose either to invest into lego rail sets for ...
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What elements do I need to create a smooth multi cheese slope ramp?

I love cheese slopes, but I am having issues when I try to produce a smooth gradient using several in succession. I end up with a gentle saw tooth effect at each junction. What combination of elements ...
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Where can I find a LEGO collection of minifigure photos? [duplicate]

I am looking for a collection of LEGO minifig photos - something like this, but with each minifig pictured separately in a full-length portrait. I have not been able to find such a collection on the ...
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How well do LEGO assemblies hold water?

Water is commonly represented with blue pieces, but what if I tried adding real water to a setup? For example, I create a simple blue base with a rectangle making a sort of pool. If I fill that ...
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Does Toy 'R Us (or more expensive-than-average) retailers have more extra parts than average?

I haven't bought LEGO sets for a while, as my kids are just getting old enough to make the sets, but I am assembling the LOTR sets which I find impossible to resist. I bought Gandalf Arrives (9469) ...
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What parts are really required to motorize 10219 Maersk Train?

The Official site detailed page states that: Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions #8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 IR Receiver, #8879 IR Speed ...
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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How can I convert an image's pixels to actual LEGO colors?

The LEGO Group released a few "mosaic" sets a while back, which came with clear baseplates and a bunch of 1x1 bricks. I have been wondering recently if it is possible to use an image as a reference ...
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Is there an organization who repackages old LEGO bricks into sets to give to underprivileged children?

Does Lego have a program by which we can return old LEGO parts so they can be reassembled into packages for underprivileged kids? My kids, and now grandkids, have always played with LEGO bricks and I ...
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Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?

A few years ago I wrote an article about the fictional organisation logos found in the City theme. I'd quite like to revisit this, as I'm sure I must have missed some. I also only focused on the ...
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How to sort complete sets from box of unsorted LEGO

My son has thousands of pieces of LEGO, but he has them all dumped in a box. Is there any way to figure out what sets they went to if I don't remember the names of them?
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What are the exact dimensions of a DUPLO brick?

The dimensions of LEGO brick are documented well, but what about DUPLO bricks? If have only found the general statements that DUPLO is twice as large as LEGO but no exact numbers. What about the ...
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Whose Head is this?

I've found this kind of cool looking minifigure: Apologizes for the poor picture. :( But after some research, I think I have determined that this body would have come from set 6584 - Extreme team ...
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What are some examples of advanced train layouts possible with the PF train sets?

I recently got my first train set, the Constitution Chase, and it has sparked my imagination for building train layouts. My 3-year-old son has a small collection of wooden trains and we enjoy building ...
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What is the true angle of a cheese slope?

What is the true angle of a cheese slope? Bricklink lists it as "Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3" while LDraw and Peeron list it as "Slope Brick 31 1 x 1 x 2/3". Why do these sources disagree, and what is the ...
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Are there SNOT models with instructions for beginners?

I would like to introduce SNOT building to my daughter. I have used this method only a few times myself and when I did, I was just messing around. I feel it would be simpler and less frustrating for ...
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What set is this brown (wall?) element from?

While sorting out some old Lego finds, I stumbled across this piece: I have absolutely no idea what this element could be for other than some kind of wall part, and even then I have never seen ...
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What are some helpful techniques for applying stickers?

It can be tricky to place small stickers accurately on small parts using adult-sized hands. The best technique I've found so far is to remove the sticker and stick it on the corner of the sticker ...
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What changes were made to Maersk blue?

I read that Lego recently changes the color of Maersk blue. Is this true? If so, why the change?
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Can I re-use my LEGO Store Pick a Brick cup?

I was wondering if anyone went into a LEGO store with their old Pick a Brick cup and got a discount for re-using it, or do you have to buy a new cup?
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Lego Trains 12v: Identify This?

This is a very popular picture, which almost all Lego Trains' fans from 1980s would recognize. I have the train in the forground, 7740, but not the 4th car (red one). Can anyone please clarify that ...
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Is it safe to drink from Pick A Brick cups?

I have a habit of drinking from the Lego Pick A Brick cups. I sent an email to Lego to ask if they were rated safe for drinking from, and they refused to endorse any use of Lego products that wasn't ...
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How can I remove a rubber band from a pulley?

We have a pulley and a bunch of rubber bands: We don't know that part numbers, but they all were part of a Mindstorms (RCX 2.0) set. My son was trying use the pulley and band to transfer power to ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...

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