Questions tagged [motor]

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 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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If I were to make a LEGO fan how would I make it blow air on me?

I was just wandering off into my imagination and then it hit me: I should make a LEGO fan? I mean, how hard could it be? It is actually very hard for me. No matter how much ratio I put on it, it ...
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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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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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Can a v1 PF reciever power an XL motor and servo?

I have a v1 PF receiver but don't want to pay $35 for a v2 receiver and I was wondering if a v1 receiver can power a single XL/L motor and a servo.
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How to mirror an EV3 motor?

I want to get one EV3 large motor to copy the other. So if I move one half a rotation the other copies.
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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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Read power usage and respond when motor is straining

Is there a way to know if the drive wheels are "straining", like when locked up with an opposing bot? This is for a Lego sumo bot using the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set (EV3 Large Motor ...
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Help with Multiple Motors/Intelligent Bricks and coding/ programming/ daisy chaining

I have 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 ...
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Can two Powered Up train motors be plugged into one hub

I have set #60198 and it comes with one Powered Up motor. I'm hauling many many cars and one motor isn't enough any more. I see there is a slot for "B" on the hub. Is it possible to plug in another ...
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Port Splitter for EV3 motors

I have searched all over the internet for EV3 port splitters for motors. I have got 4 large motors and 2 medium motors and I do not have enough motor ports for them all. I can usually only find sensor ...
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Looking for a way to connect SG90 servo motor to Lego Technic hole in a brick, in order to control Lego train tack switch

After looking at this question: Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks? I got the idea of controlling the train track switch handle using a servo motor that will be able to move the ...
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What is the quietest LEGO motor?

What is the quietest LEGO motor? I am trying to make a sort of LEGO dolly for filming videos, but the motors emit a lot of sound. I noticed the train motor is quieter than the other motors I have, but ...
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What is this 11x6 white and dark grey motorized LEGO piece with blue buttons and a transparent blue panel?

My brother bought a big tub of LEGO recently and found this piece inside. He doesn't know what it is and we can't find anything about it online so we were wondering what it is. He says it isn't in any ...
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How to motorize Technic 42040 Fire Plane

Where can I find instructions on how to motorize the Technic Fire Plane. We have the kit 8293 which contains a motor, battery box, lights and switch, but we have no idea how to attach them. Will ...
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Lubricating 4.5V 6216m2 engine

Is there any way to lubricate old 4.5V 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 ...
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How do I run the LEGO Technic V6 engine using a Lego electric motor?

I am not into LEGO, don't know anything about it, so I will try to be as specific as possible. My goal is to spin the LEGO Technic V6 engine (preferably at some realistic RPM's like thousands). ...
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What is the best solution to power up two 5292 buggy motors?

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 with modern elements?

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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Can I convert my train 9V 4563 to the Power Functions motor?

The motor of my locomotive is dead. I have two choices : repurchase it or buy a Power Functions replacement. It is possible of customize my train 4563 to use the Power Functions motor? If yes, what ...
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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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Arduino-izing LEGO Technic - and now I need some ideas for the Lego Service Truck 8071

I am starting a project - Arduino-izing LEGO Technic - and now I need some ideas for a car / vehicle to choose. This project starts out as a quest to find a way to combine the ease of LEGO Technic ...
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Is the PWM on the PF Servo motor different than the PWM from an Arduino?

I have a Arduino motor shield connected to XL, L and M motors and can control the speed with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). I made my own connector by cutting a Lego PF connector in half and wiring up ...
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Will Lego repair a bad motor?

I have the Electric Technic Micromotor: http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5119-1 and it simply won't come on. I seem to recall at some point someone telling me a long time ago, that if you sent parts ...
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Confused about Power Functions M-motor 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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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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Are there any difference between the Power Functions 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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LEGO Submarine waterproofing functional parts (e.g. motors, RC receivers)

From my understanding, the motors and RC receivers are not waterproof. Thus, the LEGO submarine from Sariel's LEGO® Workshop rust after sometime. So, is there any way to make the motors and RC ...
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How to prevent PF M-motor from springing back

I'm currently building a car with a simple 2-speed remote controlled synchronized transmission, shifted by a PF M-motor. Everything is fine except for one thing, the transmission driving ring is ...
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Electric motors - what for beginning?

I just got my first Technic joblot and now I am thinking about adding motors. I already have some - cheap ones from Amazon. I attached 1 axle pin to such motor with glue gun, works well except one ...
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Two motors are driven forward, why are they rotating in different directions?

I have the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Pack and built a simple car with 3 wheels. The back wheels are motorized. When I run the following code: Motor.A.backward(); Motor.D.Backward(); both motors are ...
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Rearing off to the left without telling it to

I've started to build a robot, but when it drives it veers off to the left even though I'm just telling it to go straight. I think I need to do something to the motors but I don't know what or how. I'...
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Compatibility between vintage (80s/90s) Technic and current parts (motors etc)

I've recently got my old Technic out for my daughter (who's a little young for her own, but her Friends now drive around in a tank). If I start to acquire more, and more sophisticated, motors and ...
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How can I prevent my finger from getting injured between gears?

Recently I was building a prototype for a LEGO tank chassis and I tested it, but my finger got caught between the gears, resulting in my finger getting cut. Are there any ways to prevent that from ...
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What is the difference between the two train motors 8866-1 and 88002-1?

At the Lego store the other day they were talking about a "more powerful" train motor for the Maersk train (I was asking about adding a second motor to the red cargo train so it would go uphill). But ...
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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 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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How to program two NXT motors to run at the same time?

I'm working on a project with multiple axis of movement… trying to get two motors to run at the same time in order to achieve a mix of two!
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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 started with a lot of parts from the generic 10697-1 'LEGO Classic Large Creative Box' set. Sometime later, I bought a bunch of wheels, part numbers being: ...
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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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Makeblock and LEGO PF cable synthesis

My 10yo son and I have ventured into the realm of taking our LEGO hobby up a notch with robotics. We have built the makeblock mbot and adapted LEGO bricks and want to incorporate the Power Functions ...
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Can't link variable inside a switch when creating a new block

I have a problem when connecting the variable (from the create a block) to a variable in the function because it's inside a switch. How can I link them? I want to connect the variable to each (20) in ...
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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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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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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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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.