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With a lot of part redesigns, there's usually a factor which is considered very highly by LEGO: cost reduction, and more precisely the amount of plastic moulded. Another example of this is the way posts under 1 x n bricks are now hollow. I've heard a more subtle one recently: the sides of the Arch 1 x 5 x 4 are thinner than before, which doesn't seem to ...
Although I can't think of any sets that make use of this technique, I have found that the Slope, Curved 4×1 Double No Studs fits perfectly under the new-style arches.
I don't know, I can't test it, but for me it seems, that in the new arch it is possible to insert a 1/3-high brick (length 4 studs) in the hole, so the studs of the piece would not touch the arch itself. In the old one it is almost surely not possible (haven't tested). There is of course a question what this should be achieved for.
I guess I could send the question to math.se, but I think we can figure that one out ourselves; it's just a bit of trigonometry after all, right? Let's see: - The large side is 20 ldu (standard brick width). - The small side is 16 ldu (2 plates) - 4 ldu (half a plate), that is 12 ldu (half the height of a brick). So the angle is tan-1(12/20), which is ...
The problem isn't with molding machines, but with storage. Every distinct element (part/colour combination) has to be stored until it's no longer going to be used in production; presumably some are stored for spare parts and other ancillary uses. The robotic warehouse has only a certain number of slots (a mere 0.5 million), so there's only so many ...
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