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I'm a engineer with people skills. I enjoy politics, English language, mathematics, and programming. In my free time, I build with LEGO bricks, I dance, and I break things (generally in order to fix them again).

I have a B.S. in Engineering, and I work as an IT Project Manager in the Transportation Industry.


Dec
10
comment Cracked LEGO torso
LEGO Legolas's lass lets LEGO Legolas lasso lots of LEGO lasses.
Dec
3
comment The gyro bot doesn't balance
The idea is that the gyro bot is self stabilizing. That's how gyroscopes work. It sounds like you are not using the gyroscope module correctly.
Dec
2
comment Are there LEGO compatible CAD Files For Injection Mold Manufacturing?
To clarify, are you trying to get custom pieces created, or custom sets created? If pieces, the LDRAW files are grossly insufficient. You'd be better off taking 3D scans of the LEGO pieces as a start. If sets, look at what Brickmania does: buys bulk new LEGO, and then repackages it into their own boxes with their own instruction manuals.
Nov
17
comment Programming sensor to follow light
This is a duplicate of your previous question. You shouldn't open multiple questions to solve the same problems. Update your existing question and respond to some of the questions in the comments and you will get a better answer.
Nov
12
comment How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3?
As of Nov 2014, the top link doesn't work. And, honestly, I don't think this was ever a valid solution.
Nov
12
comment How to program light sensor to follow moving light using NXT
It sounds like you are unfamiliar with how the light sensor works. First off, it's not directional. Secondly, it detects all light, including ambient light, so your LED may not be bright enough to even register on the light sensor.
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
I'm wondering if the flex track is causing more problems than it fixes. If you allow the track to move with any vibration from the train, sure, the track may not come apart, but that means that the track is also no longer dampening the vibrations from the train, which could be allowing the train to jump the track. Non-sequitur: maybe you need to add some more weight above the front axle. Try something like: bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=73090b
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
So, is the problem that the train is coming off the track, or the track is coming apart? I'm not sure what you mean by "...the whole things falls down." Also, what happens if you don't have the flex track?
Nov
3
comment How can I tell which LEGO minifigure I found?
A picture would significantly help identification. Also, your minifigure may in fact not be one figure, but a composition of different figures. We are talking about LEGO after all.
Oct
31
comment How many ways can six 8-peg lego blocks of six different colors be combined?
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 is right. It's difficult to guess how many different brick configurations are radially symmetric. However, it's safe to assume that the number is fairly low, because the only possible configuration would have to be 90 and/or 180 degrees rotationally symmetric. 90 degree symmetric sets would have 1/4 as many combinations, and 180 degree symmetric sets would have 1/2 as many combinations.
Oct
31
comment Chinese Knockoffs?
Also, depending on the laws in your area, you could be complicit in the credit card fraud by accepting a package in this scheme. At the very least, you may owe the defrauded individual the value of the LEGO set you've obtained as a result of the fraud. As in, the full paid value of the set. And the only restitution you would have would be to go after the fraudster.
Oct
31
comment Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?
The reason those cars can reach 12km/h is because they are ridiculously overbuilt. Imagine a car that looked like that in real life, and you'd get something like a dune buggy with 2-3 ft wide wheels. However, it would be really hard to reach that speed with a scale-accurate vehicle because you've got relatively imprecise (in-scale) LEGO tolerances to deal with.
Oct
31
comment Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?
@TaylorGarrett That train isn't going even remotely close to 10mph. I don't think it's going faster that 5mph, since it looks like I could easily out-jog that train.
Oct
31
comment Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?
While that may be "smooth" from our perspective, that is incredibly tough from the trains perspective. The gaps and angles there are simply unacceptable for a train moving at 10 mph
Oct
30
comment Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?
Even if speeding up the motor were possible (which I'm ambivalent on), I doubt that you'd be able to use it at that speed on Lego track. Once again, issues of scale come back to bite you. A small .1mm lip would be the equivalent of almost 4cm lip in real life. Which is well outside the rail specs and would put the train at high risk for detailing. Though Lego has very tight tolerance, I don't think they are tight enough for that speed.
Oct
30
comment Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?
10 mph means that train is going really fast. In scale, that's approximately 380 mph!!!
Oct
23
comment Identifying Lego kits from unopened bags for library
I did some research on the program, and there's a lot of material on the ALSC website, include, for example, this toolkit: ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/…
Oct
23
comment Identifying Lego kits from unopened bags for library
Without pictures, there's not really a whole lot to go on.
Oct
22
comment Will they ever make LEGO The Amazing Spider-man 2 sets?
This is just speculation. Do you have any sources to back this up? Also, please try cleaning up your grammar and spelling.
Oct
22
comment How many ways can six 8-peg lego blocks of six different colors be combined?
This might be a question better suited for Stats.SE or Math.SE.