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I'd like to build a mechanism to press buttons on a remote control. What is a good basic approach to use?

I have a small remote control like device with about 11 buttons. The centers of each button are placed about 1.1cm apart, and each are about 0.7cm in diameter (this means about 0.4cm between the edges)...
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Can I push the train of 60052 [duplicate]

We more like to push trains with hand. There were old ones, like the train of set 2741, where when pushing the engine, the contact became loose between the axis and the cog wheel. Can I count some ...
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EV3 Motors not moving even though ev3 has batteries

I am new to using the EV3. I have only had it for 3 weeks. My question is why are my ev3 motors not moving? I know the motors are new and they are in such a good condition they could be sent back ...
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What's the best way to start an 8 year old on Lego Technic building?

I'm a grandpa trying to start my 8 year old grandson in LEGO Technic building. I am particularly interested in mechanical parts building and motorization. He already loves LEGO and attends after ...
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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and I have to lift something heavy. Now it seems not possible because the motor is not strong enough.
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How can I use more than three motors with one NXT brick?

I'm building Caterpillar Excavator with my NXT, and at the moment I'm trying to control 4 points of motion: 2 Caterpillar Tracks - These should be controlled independently to allow for cornering, etc....
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Problem with running two XL motors motors

We are trying to run our Grand Prix racing car on remote control and would like to use two XL motors for the wheels. One motor on its own works fine, but when connected together the motors stop ...
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Drive motor via Power Functions IR with own power source

I want to see if it is possible to drive a Power Functions motor both with variable speed and forward/reverse with my own power source. I am planning to use my own power source, an IR receiver and a ...
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Is it possible to dismantle and refurbish an original 870 Technic motor?

I have a couple of ancient 870 motors (the 4.5v ones) that run but don't sound great. I've looked for, but can't find, a guide on how to dismantle them. I'd like to either get in there and clean/...
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Can I use EV3 with a TETRIX motor?

What program can I use to control a TETRIX motor through the LEGO EV3? I've heard that RobotC currently cannot be used for this. Has NI released a Labview version which I can use to control TETRIX ...
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Are there any difference between the 88003 and 99499 L motors?

I am planning to attempt a couple of RC MOCs and was looking up the power functions L motor on BL and found that there are actually 2 types of the L motor, namely the "88003 Power Functions L Motor" ...
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How to lubricate the 4.5v train motor for set 7722?

How I can lubricate the 4.5v train motor on my #7722 train set? It squeals.
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How to make an exact 16 degree turn?

Does anyone know how to make an exact 16 degree turn with a LEGO robot?
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How can I get the EV3 to control an ordinary motor with PWM?

Looking at the hardware developer pdf, it looked like the EV3 should output a PWM signal with a duty cycle corresponding to power level. It does, but only for 100ms and only on pin 1. Is that how the ...
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Which resistor value is used for which motor in Power Functions 2.0?

Based on the answer here it seems that resistors are used to detect what is plugged in with LEGO Power Functions 2.0. So which resistor values (or ranges) apply to which motors or other devices? Are ...
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How to build a steerable remote-controlled vehicle with just 1 motor?

In WeDo 2.0 set there is only 1 motor, which can be remotely switched on and off by using the iPad app (by writing a Scratch program). Also motor rotating direction can be toggled remotely. As an ...
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Get robot to face perpendicular to nearest object, using the ultrasonic sensor in NXC?

I have an ultrasonic sensor attached to a motor so that the sensor can rotate. Right now it stops once it scans a value less than 65 cm. What I want it to do is to scan its surroundings and then face ...
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Is it possible to use 5 motors on an EV3 brick?

The EV3 brick has only four output ports (A B C & D) to run motors. Is there any way to use port 1 (sensor port) to control a motor?
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Confused about power functions motors 8883 and 8293

Is the motor that comes with the Technic power functions motor set (8293) and the stand alone motor 8883 the same? We have just built the LEGO Creator 10261 roller coaster set and it specifies a 8883 ...
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Is it expected that LEGO will produce small (S or XS) PF motors?

The existing LEGO PF motors are the M, L, and XL, making builders suspect that the S and even the XS names were left out and reserved intentionally for later designs. However, the M motor was released ...
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XL motor and M motor on IR receiver = same output?

I am really puzzled by my small car build with balloon tires (55976). I tried swapping between an XL and an M (PF) motor, both geared down (up?) to about the same torque (I tested by how sleep a slope ...
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How to send through Bluetooth motor angle position and mirror that position on another motor?

I've built a steering wheel that checks the servomotor position using NXC function - MotorRotationCount(). Now, I want to send that position to second brick using Bluetooth and apply that servomotor ...
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How can I improve my rackless steering design?

I am trying to build a vehicle with a sturdy steering mechanism powered by the servo motor. When I was a kid I did this all the time with a rack and pinion design, but now I don't have any of the rack ...
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Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?

I was going over LEGO Power Functions train motors, and I was not satisfied with the speed. Speed seven is fast enough to derail the train on the curve, but not fast enough realistically. I am ...
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NXT motors spin when in air but stop on ground

I have a car that I made with 2 motors in the back and one motor in the front. The motors spin fine in the air but when I put it on the ground to test my program the motors stop. The robot itself isn'...
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Can I convert my train 9V 4563 to the power function motor?

The motor of my locomotive is dead. I have two choices : repurchase it or buy a power function. It is possible of customize my train 4563 to use the power function motor ? If yes, what set to buy ? (...
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Help with Multiple Motors/ Intelligent Bricks and coding/ programming/ daisy chaining

Built the accompanying robot earlier in the week. I have a challenge where the robot needs to find white/ black bricks then store them on a tray and then travel over to another robot and transfer the ...
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How can I rotate an EV3 motor an exact number of degrees using RobotC?

I'm trying to rotate the motor of an EV3 by an angle of 50°. I can't. How I can rotate a NXT/EV3 motor by a given angle using RobotC?
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EV3 Unregulated Motor - different plus/minus power behavior

I'm helping some fellow Bay Area LEGO User Group builders who want to use an EV3 to power a 9V train. I'm using the NXT to 9V conversion cable (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=...
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Angular resolution of NXT motor

I am sure that I read somewhere that the resolution of the motor sensor was 2 degrees, but I can find no mention of this in the NXT Help file. What's more, the motor control block allows the Duration ...
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What about Power Functions motor, S size?

LEGO Power Functions has motors in M, L and XL sizes. Usually, if someone uses this size designations, the smallest one is S. It would make sense to have them named S, M and L if there were meant to ...
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How do I connect a LEGO wheel to axles so it can be powered?

I have a growing LEGO collection, which I first started with a lot of parts from the generic LEGO Classic 10697. Sometime later, I bought a bunch of wheels, numbers #55981 and #6014. My question is, ...
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What is the best solution to power up two 5292 buggies?

I have two buggy motors, 5292 like this: I see powering each separately and using two IR receivers soon triggers the receivers' protections and the motors are stopped. My aim is not speed, I see ...
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Can I still motorize Universal Building Set 8034 and other from that time?

Set 8034 was supposed to be motorized using 8700. Of course, this is way outdated and kinda pointless to buy motor this old. Current set for this purpose is 8293. Problem is, old motor was 5 studs ...
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Why won't the loop block in my EV3 program stop?

I am building a robotic hand, and I programmed the finger to close when the touch sensor is pressed, and release when the touch sensor is released. It did that with a loop block - but when I ran ...
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Does the LEGO “Power Functions Extension Wire” (8886) work in both directions between old 9V and new Power Functions devices?

Here is the LEGO "LEGO® Power Functions Extension Wire" (8886): We can see that the left connector can connect to old 9V electric bricks or wires and the right connector can be plugged to the new ...
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Is it safe to overload LEGO train motors?

When I was in Fana'Briques in 2008, there was a speed record competition for TGV-themed train. The setup used a section of custom-made straight track (aluminium rails if I remember correctly) and was ...
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Slow down the mindstorms EV3 motor so target position is not overshot

I have Debian jesse installed on a mindstorms EV3 and I'm using the ev3.lego library: https://github.com/topikachu/python-ev3 I want to be able to slow down the motor as it reaches its target ...
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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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Power Functions battery box and receiver limits

What combination of motor/Receiver/battery boxes are possible/supported? example: 2x XL motors, 1x M Motor, 1 light using 1 receiver and 1 battery box.
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Invert motor block in EV3

New to EV3 so this should be simple. I would like my simple wheeled robot to go backwards. So I put two invert motor blocks, one for port B the other for port C followed by a move steering block. The ...
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How to make Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot go in reverse when move steering input comes from proximity sensor

I saw an program on the Lego Education page which makes a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot gradually slow down as it approaches a wall. The info from the proximity sensor is used as the direct wire input of ...
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Lubricating 6216m2 engine

Is there any way to lubricate old 6216m2 engines (these grey round ones)? I have 2 from my childhood, and they still run, but have trouble starting and make an awful 'whining' sound from time to time. ...
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How to best transfer power at 90 degrees for high torque applications

So, I am building a tank model and this is the transmission I have been working on: Description: There are two gear pairs for gearing up (16t to 8t gears) and one gear pair for gearing down (worm ...
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EV3 motor control proportional to another motor when more than two motors

From what I understand, in EV3-g you can use "move steering" or "move tank" blocks to regulate two motors proportionally to each other as they have a built-in PID controller to do that. If one motor ...
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How to speed up the 4x4 Crawler truck 9398?

Just finished building the 4x4 Crawler and it was a fun build but as a remote control car it is . . . in a word . . . SLOW! I know it's powerful and can climb over stuff but sometimes there is nothing ...
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I need help with a broken LEGO motor

I have a LEGO motor and it broke but I didn't know why so I took apart the LEGO motor to see if the wires were the problem. I tested the wires to see if they were working but they weren't and I can't ...
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How to power “Power Functions” devices from an electric wall plug?

In this video showing an example of Great Ball Contraption, we can see (at 1:35) that some trains powers are used to power Power Functions motors: That must be more convenient than having to ...
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How to get double the speed from 2 regulated EV3 motors?

So I've noticed that if I connect two EV3 motors to one another (with gears), I still get exactly the same maximum speed as if I had a single motor. So, my question: how can I get twice the power/...
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Are there any benefits to using PF motors instead of EV3 ones?

Can someone explain to me the key differences between PF motors and EV3 ones? I understand that EV3 motors are 'regulated', presumably meaning that you can control their rotational speed depending on ...