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A more advanced form of LEGO®, allowing for the creation of more realistic working parts.

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Which set is this slope with holes from?

I picked up a bag of loose LEGO at a thrift shop and cannot identify which set this piece comes from: The holes pass all the way through the slope but have small details inside that prevent a ...
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Need advice re Power Functions

My 11-year old son wants to add power to his creations but neither of us know quite how to start this new adventure. He doesn't have any Technic or Mindstorms sets. Looking through sets online, it ...
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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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What is the three-position lever in the Bugatti Chiron supposed to do?

I've just finished assembling the Bugatti Chiron (42083), and there's a three-position lever in between the two seats that -- probably -- isn't working: one position connects the wheels to the engine; ...
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What does each part do exactly?

It's been a few years since I bought a Lego Mindstorms (v2) which comes with the technic style pieces. There's beams, axels, rods, connectors... but the majority of the times when I'm building (my ...
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Lego Digital Designer: Having Gears Interact with Toothed Bar

I just started using LDD, and I have been trying out a few things that I couldn't do with the limitations of my Lego collection. One thing that has me caught up is that I can't seem to get the ...
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Problem With Bionicle Joint Sockets

I'm pretty sure that serious Bionicle fans have all dealt with cracking of the joint socket pieces. However, is super-gluing the broken parts a solution? I'm worried that the joint socket won't be ...
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9398 the front wheels rotate in the opposite direction to the rear wheel

We've just finished 9398 4x4 Crawler. Everything looks good, the motors work but the front wheels rotate in the opposite direction to the rear wheels, they also turn in opposite directions. What could ...
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My Lego Technic 42082 wheel stuck and can't move [closed]

After I finished my 1st manual book, I found out that my crane wheel can't move. May I know which part that I did incorrectly?
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What is the appropriate way to request a creator to add more of their designs to mochub?

There are some brilliant LEGO creators with many designs on YouTube out there who choose to remain anonymous- who put some of their designs on mochub but not others. (In particular ones relating to ...
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How can I make a precise one-way clutch using Technic elements?

I need a mechanism so that if a (NXT) motor rotates forward, it moves one gear, but the other stays still, but if it rotates backwards, the first gear does not move, but the second one does. I found ...
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What are Good LEGO (or similiar) sets to play-prototype machines working with fluids?

I want to play around with fluid engines. I'm aware that LEGO is sometimes used in labs for prototyping kinematic components, are there successful examples of operating with fluids? Have pistons, ...
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How can I assemble 2 opposing gears so that the axle rotations are perfectly parallel?

Due to the way all the modern LEGO gears are perfectly quarter-turn symmetrical, there doesn't appear to be any way to assembly 2 opposing gears such that I get a 2 perfectly parallel axles. This ...
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What is the best system for lifting things without pistons?

I am building a big walker thing. It has a mining laser at the bottom that can be lifted on one half, and the other is attached to the vehicle. However, I can't seem to find a way, because the hooks ...
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My 9398 crawler going in reverse way

I built 9398 crawler set and everything seemed OK. However, when I moved the RC tumbler up, the crawler went back, and when I moved it down, the crawler went forward. On the battery box I saw ...
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High Torque Subtractors

I would like to use a subtractor in my next RC LEGO tank, as it enables the vehicle to turn on the move, as opposed to stopping and then turning. Unfortunately, the subtractors I have tested so far ...
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Identifying Parts Used For The Escape Hatch of Sariel's Tiger XL Model

I am working on a similar model of Sariel's Tiger XL in prep for my own designs of a few other German WW2 tanks, and need some help identifying a part or two. Does anyone know what are the two parts ...
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Smallest rubber wheel that can be turned by a technic axle

What the smallest rubber wheels that can be turned by a Technic axle? This is what I have so far Wheel Full Rubber Balloon with Axle hole #4288 Background: I'm building a GBC and I want to push the ...
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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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Problem assembling wings as shown for LEGO Air Race Jet (Technic 42066)

On Page 158 (Step #231) of the assembly instructions for the Air Race Jet, two red rivet bricks are shown being inserted into a wing. But the pieces in question will simply fall through the holes in ...
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Technic bits set

There are LEGO sets containing just a selection of bricks, such as 10717. Are there Technic equivalents with cogs and so-on? If not, what is the best way to acquire a general selection of cogs/axles/...
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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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Reference LEGO Technic 42043

When installing the tubing starting on page 273 of the instruction booklet, the suggested length seems to be too short for the installation. Is it permissible to cut the tubing provided to fit the ...
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Eneloop NiMh batteries not powering 42030 loader

Is it because the batteries are only 1.2V? It works fine with Duracell alkaline batteries.
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Why are my Technic blue pins breaking?

These connectors are cracking very easily:
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Does a 1x3 Lego technic liftarm with two round holes and one axle socket exist? (for tank suspension usage)

I have been searching for some time for parts like these (with no success): But with two holes (instead of three) and one socket for Lego axles at one side. Likewise two holes (instead of one) and ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect technic liftarms with modules?

I have the following setup: How can I connect the liftarm to the stacked bricks? The holes have different distances, so I can't just use black pins. Any suggestions?
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What are some good purist rotacaster / omni wheel designs?

In robotics, rotacasters or omni wheels are often very useful. It's possible to buy LEGO-compatible ones from some third parties, here's one random example: Unfortunately, LEGO has yet to make any ...
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What is the name of the piece that is often used to switch gears?

I have been trying to find this part on BrickLink and have searched every Technic category. I have come up empty. Could someone provide the name of this part so that I can find it on BrickLink?
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Is there any way to connect “sideways” to an axle?

There are some pieces whose middle part is shaped like a Technic axle, but that have elements on both ends that make it impossible to insert them into a normal axle or Technic hole: This makes me ...
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How To Sort Out 3rd Party Technic Clones From LEGO Originals?

I've recently bought bulk parts, and wish to sort out the official LEGO pieces from the inferior quality 3rd party clones. On bricks I can easily spot-out the clones, becasue they don't sport the "...
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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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Adding Power Functions to LEGO Mack Anthem Truck (42078)

Does anyone have experience adding Power Functions to set #42078 LEGO Mack Anthem truck? It’s a Technic set, but only features manually actuated functions. I have seen it motorized on YouTube, ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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Fan door does not close completely - Air Race Jet

After completing the Air Race Jet, I found that the upper fan door does not close completely (stopping short by about 1/2 inches) when I switch from VTOL to Flight mode. The attachment points to the ...
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How to MOC the Rough Terrain Crane 42082

I recently got me the Rough Terrain Crane 42082 and had lots of fun while assembling it. I find it a decent Technic build and worth the price. Still I find it under-motorized. I would like to drive ...
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Pattern for oscillation with LEGO Technic

I would like to simulate an oscillation movement of 120/100 degrees around a fixed point. Something like this one: Basically, I want to rotate a gear around its axis, but only have a partial ...
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Stuck on 42066 Air Race Jet model B

I've successfully built model A of the Air Race Jet but with model B I've got stuck on page 7, instruction 8. How do you do that?
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Is it possible to create a differential if I don't have it as a ready to use element?

I have numerous gears, axis and other elements from different Lego Technic sets. I wonder if using them I can make a kind of a differential like this? If not, how can I implement similar ...
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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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How can I firmly attach a triangle to a turntable?

I found a couple good technic triangle designs over on brickengineer.com. For example: How can I firmly attach a triangle to a large turntable? Details: Really I only need to attach ...
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Does LEGO Digital Designer include part 4539880?

Does anyone know if LEGO Digital Designer includes the part 4539880 (often used for housing differentials) ?
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LEGO part counts on boxes without treads

I want to buy another LEGO Technic set therefore I'm trying to analyze the challenge to price ratio of different sets. I first thought that the part count may be somewhat proportional to challenge and ...
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Repairing disintegrated old 9V wire

I have a number of old technic motors and battery boxes I would like to use however the wires have disintegrated in storage to the point that the metal conductors touch and short out. Does anybody ...
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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 can I motorize 42077 Technic Rally Car with LEGO Power Functions?

The new 42077 Technic Rally Car set looks really nice, and even has a built-in steering system which can be controlled by a gear on the top. There's also a fair bit of extra room inside, is there a ...
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Is there any software for designing and testing Technic mechanisms?

I'm finding Technic parts can be challenging sometimes, and the costs can be high. Is there any 3d design software that can help with designing before I decide to buy the parts?
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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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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What are the largest Technic-compatible tires on the market?

I am looking for the largest LEGO wheels with tires available to build a nice-sized RC LEGO car. Of course I will start with the simplest prototype, but I would like to achieve a design which will ...