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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Connect 39k3 powerpack to 417j3 motor

I'm new to lego. Trying to connect the powerpack 39k3 from 42009 Crane to a 417j3 motor. Is a 8528 Converter Cables for Mindstorms NXT the right cable? Is there a way to hack a phone connector ...
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Can I safely dissassemble a 74569 motor (the old, fast 9v one)

I have an ancient 74569 motor: Unfortunately, it's broken: The shaft spins freely by hand, but when I connect power to it, it doesn't spin at all. I would like to see if I can just open it and place ...
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Moving the motor to certain initial position [duplicate]

I was assisting my child in EV3 missions, specifically, the 3rd mission of TRACK3R, the one where the robot has to grab two tires and put them elsewhere. The mission requires to manipulate the Medium ...
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Which system is more efficient?

I got a few XL power functions motors, and want to combine them to make a racing car. Let's get to right to the question: Which one save the most torque power? This one... ...or this one? PS: It ...
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LEGO Mindstorms Motor Power

I am working on a project with a LEGO Mindstorms (RCX) motor. For this project, all I need is to spin a motor (43362, http://www.philohome.com/motors/motor.htm). I was wondering how the LEGO ...
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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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How do I connect two models to one PF motor?

Hi there I am trying to see if it is possible to connect the Ferris Wheel AND the Winter Village Carousel to one Power Functions motor. Is this possible? Does anyone have a link to a video perhaps ...
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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 do I make the Mini Cooper (model 10242) motorized?

I'm trying to find out what exact parts I need to make the Lego Mini Cooper 10242 motorized. I'm trying to surprise my boyfriend with the set plus the parts he needs to make it motorized. I'm just at ...
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Is there an alternative replacement motor piece for 4.5 V Trains?

Is it possible to find on a market a simple 4.5V electric motor, that can be installed into LEGO Part 564c01? The service pack No. 5000 is more and more difficult to find.
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NXT Program doesn't do what it's supposed to do

Ok, so I have this automatic gearbox I have made and I have 2 motors and 2 touch sensors I want Motor A to spin forever unless Motor B is turning Motor B should turn around 15 degrees and then brake....
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Cheapest and Simplest way to build a LEGO Technic car?

Having no LEGO Technic parts at all, I'm looking for the cheapest and simplest way to build a LEGO Technic car which can be combined with two Lego Technic motors to drive forward and backward (phase 1)...
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Is this piece some kind of rare/modified 200?

I have this piece which vaguely resembles 200, Technic Rack Winder Axle (Rebricked) but one end is different. It is 5 studs long, axle is 1 stud long, the gear lies between 3rd and 4th stud and the ...
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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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Is it possible to damage a pneumatic pump/motor by applying too much pressure?

I've recently bought the Mercedes-Benz Arocs model, which contains a compressor (i.e., a pneumatic pump which is operated by an L motor). I was wondering whether you can ruin your pneumatic system ...
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How much torque can a lego axle handle?

from to this question, it seems that the gears are stronger than the axles, which begs the question of how strong are the axles? if you connect one of the stronger motors, such as say the buggy motor: ...
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How do I diagnose a problem with electronic bricks and motors?

My children and I recently assembled the 42030 RC VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader (aside: with the 1,600 pieces and time investment, this set will likely survive to the heat death of the universe intact ...
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How to Motorize the LEGO Mars Rover

I am looking for some suggestions. My daughter is building the Mars Rover set (go here for the details: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=98222) for a presentation at school and I ...
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Motorizing Hobby Train 10183

What are the PF motors available that will power the Hobby Train 10183? Moving out from 9v tracks, will the existing 10183 wheels fit any other tracks? Also, is there a difference between the PF ...
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How much current do the LEGO motors draw?

I'm building a project with Raspberry Pi and some other electronics driving the LEGO Power Functions M-Motor (8883) and I need to know how much current those motors draw under load. Has anyone done ...
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NXT2 motors limitation?

We are extending famous Dave Parker's nxtprograms.com 2 Touch Remote I have added 2 extra "threads" - one to control 3rd motor (which is a frontal "claw") and another one to use 4th touch sensor to ...
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I need an NXT motor adapter

I'm trying to get an NXT motor adapter to this that I'm getting: If you don't recognize this, the parameters said : 80mm 2000 ±10% RPM 28.89 CFM Rifle 20.9 dBA Please tell me what this is called ...
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Wiring and Controlling an 88004 servo from a RaspberryPI

My 88004 servo does not move at all. Don't know how I should connect the wires correctly. I think the inner two cables are C1 and C2 and the outer two GND and VCC. When I connect 6.5V to the outer ...