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There are electrical multiplexers as mentioned, however there are also many types of mechanical multiplexers. The idea behind this is to use fever motors to do more. The advantage is the reduced weight and the disadvantage is the increased complexity and lower flexibility. For example, you can control both tracks with one motor. However instead of one motor ...


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This would push the pins up and down like a normal key would. Here is the basic system. I don't have time to build to whole thing but this resolves the main problem and proves the feasibility. The main problem was to reproduce the pins system with LEGO bricks since each pins needs to have different lengths. Early in this project, I wanted to have a ...


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I once had an acquaintance who worked at Lego as a product designer (I don't remember his exact title). His job was, simply put, to come up with new sets. There are some general constraints – balancing the different Lego worlds/themes (contemporary, pirate-age, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.), hitting certain price points/box sizes (limiting the number of ...


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There's a nice interview with LEGO Designer Mark Stafford on The Brothers Brick: From LEGO fan to LEGO set designer - the Mark Stafford interview The basic process was: The position was advertised, and Mark's portfolio was sent in. He was then invited to a two day recruitment workshop along with a number of other candidates. I've also read other ...


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In addition of the already mentionned Blacksmith shop and the three first LEGO factory sets (5524 — Airport, 5525 — Amusement park and 5526 — Skyline, combined from the 10 winners entries of the contest), the following sets have been designed by fans: 10190 — Market Street was designed by Eric Brok. Eric sadly passed away a few month later. 10183 — Hobby ...


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Hexagonal symmetry and angles in 15, 30 and 60-degree proportions are scarce among LEGO elements. I think the smallest single piece that approximates a six-pointed star is the basic flower: I myself don't practice freelance brick modification, but someone with fewer scruples might easily trim one of these into a 6-pointed star shape. Another piece that ...


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As far as I know, designers work mostly with bricks only. They do have a desk and a quasi-unlimited supply of parts (which I think is actually not too exactly close to their desks), and usually use their imagination the same way a fan does. Something which fans don't do however, and which designers must do, is keep track of the price of the model they're ...


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Currently in use: Stud and "antistud" (diameter 4.6mm) Longer studs (Minifig torso) Minifig legs Minifig neck and head / accessory (eg backpack) - also compatible with studs Clip and bar (in a way, similar to stud, but with diameter 3.2mm) Wheels (3.2mm axles) Flower connector (similar, but even smaller, present in a surprising number of parts, including ...


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If you're after a simple collapsible solution to reach those items just out of reach, you can start with the following setup: You can extend this for quite some way, and use longer bricks or beams throughout if you wish. To finish it off, I'd use a couple of longer bricks with some additional plates on the end to act as fingers, and add some handles (via ...


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If I recall correctly, it started in 2007 with LEGO's initiative called LEGO Factory, where fans were invited to compete in designing models using LEGO Digital Designer. The winners would then have their entries made into the very first fan-designed commercial LEGO sets. Today, LEGO Factory is superseded by Design by Me. It follows a similar concept, except ...


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Mindsensors sells third-party parts that are compatible with the NXT. They sell several motor drivers and multiplexors, for use with NXT motors, RCX motors, hobbyist servo motors, or by sending commands to a PF motor remote control receiver. HiTechnic is another such company, and they likewise make a device that sends remote control signals for PF and ...


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I thoroughly enjoyed National Geographic's documentary - Megafactories - LEGO: It's one of the most popular construction toys in the world. In the age of unprecedented competition for their attention - from videogames to TVs to countless activities - children still spend over 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks. But building simple modular ...


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There are some Books available that include building-instructions (i don't own one of these, but i would choose the most current): Badass LEGO Guns (December 2010) Weapons for LEGO Lovers (February 2009) as Joubarc said the at least 4 years old Forbidden LEGO (July 2007) to answer your question about magazines/reloading mechanisms: see this youtube-video ...


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It's difficult, but not impossible. A rigid axle turning at the centre would be mechanically simpler. As my crude drawing illustrates; I would place a 24-tooth gear over the 2x4 wheel axle. A 8-tooth gear is optional but will provide finer control over the steering. The two teeth gears can also be replaced with a pulley gear. This technique however will ...


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There are two non-wireless ways that I know of. One of them, (which is better most likely) is to use a Mindsensors Motor Multiplexer (Motor MUX for short), which allows the use of all motor functions and splits one port into several. Note that each multiplexer requires an additional battery box, making your robot heavier and less compact. Each multiplexer ...


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Here's the simplest way that I can think of to stop the vehicle at the finish line. You'll need basic LEGO Technic parts and a good length of lightweight string or thread. Create two reels for the string. One should be connected to the wheels and the other may turn freely. Wind all the string onto the reel which can spin freely and attach the other end ...


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Pierre Normandin followed the path of "well-known AFOL doing tremendous sets" to "AFOL invited by LEGO to participate in secret projects from time to time" to "Actual LEGO designer" (I'd like to say "demigod", but he tends to frown at me when I do that). He was also one of the first groups of LEGO Ambassadors. But in any case, the most important criteria ...


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The most obvious one I guess is Erling Dideriksen, who was not only a Chief Designer on the LEGO City range, but also designed the element that many refer to as "The Erling Brick". The LEGO Group have also started recently publishing videos of their designers talking about new sets they've worked on (especially the Lord of the Rings sets), which will ...


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As there are more and more LEGO fans who become designers, some of them are already well known from the community and are very dedicated to fans, going to events and the like. They are actually just regular people and always have an amused look if you treat them like they have ascended to godhood status or something. A few of them in no particular order: ...


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I built a similar model to Zhaph's claw arm but with beams and a basic claw attachment: 360° Animation, Demonstration Video I had a few problems operating the claw when I built it again with real bricks. If you collapse the beams too far, it can be difficult to open them again. When you try to pick up items with your tool, you also have to anticipate ...


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Some of it may be your own perception changing, such as a room you remember being big when you were a kid, but which you find small as an adult. So when you perceive bricks as being softer, it could actually be that they aren't, but that your perception changed. (If you were to walk barefoot on LEGO bricks for one hour per day, your feet would eventually ...


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I don't think there's any LEGO set for which the age target goes any further than 16+. Within the 16+ range, you'll find several sets, mostly in the exclusive sets (series 10xxx): mainly modular houses and some Star Wars UCS sets. Usually these are sets with a high parts count and a price to match. There's a functionality to filter sets by age on ...


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Jamie Berard designed some beautiful sets, including: 10194 Emerald Night 10182 Café Corner 10185 Green Grocer 10197 Fire Brigade 10233 Horizon Express Not only that, but he's done a lot of promotional work, including some interesting YouTube videos and an excellent presentation called "Stressing the Elements".


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A smaller six-pointed star which only uses cheese slopes has been achieved in the MOC below: Flickr: The grand entrance 6, qi_tah


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Set 3739 Blacksmith Shop was created by adult fan creation by Daniel Siskind, and was marketed by Lego in 2002. It was the first in the My Own Creation series.


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Everybody else has pretty much said it all, but there is one more thing I can think of. The IR Link Sensor can communicate with Power Functions, RCX, and trains. So you can use three NXT motors, plus, say, two Power Functions motors. (Only the NXTs will have rotations sensors, obviously.) If you already have some PF kit, you will only need the sensor ...


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There are a series of youtube videos about LEGO Cars set design process. They are kinda simplified and targeted at kids, but still have some good insights in process. First video can be found here. Playlist of all 6 videos somebody have assembled.


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Lego Cusoo is a website where you can upload pictures of your creations, and if they get enough followers,votes, they can be made into official set by Lego. (The current requirement is 10k votes) The first model mass produced was the Shinkai 6500. To date, several more models have been released, including the Hayabusa satellite, a Minecraft set, Back to the ...


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Plastic pieces will become harder over time. Not sure why, but I think it is that the substance that were added to make the plastic a little softer evaporates over time. I have been told that the people designing sets for LEGO may never use pieces older than 2 years. This is because harder pieces will have move clutch power than softer pieces and because ...


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LEGO has released a number of large brick buckets over the years. A few of these came with instructions and ideas for models that could be built with the contents. These include lots of ideas for animals, vehicles, and structures. Here are a few examples: There are plenty of ideas available if you browse through the instructions for these sets. Here ...



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