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A motor is a machine, especially one powered by electricity, elasticity, pressure, internal combustion or some other means, that supplies motive power for a device with moving parts.

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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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Will playing with a PF train motor by hand damage it?

If one pushes a PF-motorized train by hand, will it cause damage to the motor, or any of the other parts (IR Receiver, Battery box)? It is essentially working as a generator when turned by hand, so ...
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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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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and it needs to lift heavy objects, but it doesn't seem possible because the motor cannot bear the load. What methods or mechanisms can I use to make the robot ...
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Information on this large beige motor w/battery box?

I have a LEGO Technic motor with a built in battery box for x3 "AA" batteries (thus 4.5 volts). Could you help me identify it? What set does it belong to and how old is it? Colours are beige and green/...
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How can an EV3 motor "remember" it's starting position?

I am currently working on a project that uses large motors. I want the project to return to a "starting position" (0,0,0) at the touch of a button so that it can be used multiple (identical) times. ...
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How to control a 88004 Servo Motor with a Raspberry Pi?

I am able to control a simple servo motor such as SG90 by using pulse-width modulation. However when it comes to controlling a 88004 LEGO Servo Motor it is simply a nightmare. By using PWM all I ...
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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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What is inside the LEGO Powered Up M motor?

What is inside the M motor in the new Powered Up system? How is it different from the older Power Functions motor?
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NXT Motors curving to the right

The NXT motors have been curving to the right by about 10-20 degrees. We have checked the program, no curves. We have checked the wiring, but it is also plugged in fine.
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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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Which is faster: M motor or XL motor?

I understand that the M motor has an adequate amount of speed, and the XL motor is best known for its torque. But is the XL motor really faster than the M motor? Or is it the other way around? I am ...
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Pattern for vertical motion using technic lego

I have a motor and some other components that move a machine vertical on the ground. Inside the machine i need to raise a part by 5 cm, up and down. Are there some common patterns that can move ...
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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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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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Will playing with a 12V train motor by hand damage it?

This question is similar to one for PF motors. The 12V motor bogie has considerably more resistance than does the newer PF bogie motor, which may be moved very easily when not operating. So, if one ...
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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 can I transmit horizontal torque to vertical?

I have a setup where I have a step motor which I am attaching a gear onto. The motor will make the gear stand horizontal in a small vehicle. Is there any good gear combinations of LEGO gears that can ...
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What prevents a 12V motor, when pushed by hand, from providing DC electric out?

This question is somewhat related to a similar question I asked about whether pushing a 12V train motor (such as the one below) would damage it. See title "Set 7865: six wheeled Lego® train motor (...
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What is inside the Technic Powered Up XL motor?

What components are inside the new Technic Powered Up XL motor? Is it the same as the PF XL motor, except with a different connector?
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Return a robot to its start position?

I have a LEGO NXT robot, and after some movements I would like it to return back where it started. After some research, it looks like my best option is to revert the motors. To decode their movements ...
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Lego RCX to NXT converter cables not working properly with EV3

I recently got some of these cables(see picture below) to control an old RCX motor. Some things to note before reading on. I tried both the medium and large motor blocks and played around with power, ...
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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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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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Does LEGO sell a DC relay for Power Functions?

I’d like to use a signal from a (5V) littleBits circuit to control some (9V) Power Functions motors. Does LEGO sell or recommend a DC relay to facilitate this sort of thing? If the answer is no, I’d ...
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Mindstorms EV3 unable to drive two motors simultaneously

Yesterday I had the basic driving robot with two large motors, but I could not get both motors running at the same time. I had the tank control programming block, with both motors set to 50% and when ...
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