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

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How to speed up assembly for big LEGO technic sets (e.g. 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs)

Is there any ways to help speed up the assembly process when building big LEGO Technic set such as the 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs?
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Tools to unbuild a model more easily?

Are there any good tools out there to help unbuilding a model, for example removing axles from beams? Something like the famous brick separator, but for Technic models.
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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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Why didn't LEGO make a Creative Building Box for Technic parts?

LEGO has many great Creative Building Boxes, especially the LEGO 10697: XXXL Box. Why hasn't LEGO come out with a Creative Building Box that consists of Technic parts?
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LEGO Technic Unimog crane will not turn

I finished the Unimog from LEGO 2 or 3 years ago, and I noticed this issue, but now I'm getting pretty angry because I still can't find the problem. It seems to be that when I use the instructions ...
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How to motorize Technic 42040

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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Non-working technic system

Recently I've been working on a car which when going forward is fast, and when going backward automatically goes slowly. Here are two photos of it: (Just replace the text by "input") As you can see, ...
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What are good books for building techniques of LEGO Technic

I've been searching for good resources for especially LEGO Technic. I find the Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide by Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć. The book is very good at explaining things. Beside that ...
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LEGO controller 8879

How does the LEGO Technic 8879 controller work? When you make it go forwards/backwards and let go does it stay at that speed like the more recent helicopters or does it go back around? And how does it ...
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Can you identify these parts?

Please help me identify these lego parts - I'm trying to build them.
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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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What are these Technic sets with figures?

So I'm trying to identify these two LEGO sets that are rather old. I have long since lost the instructions and I can't seem to find the specific parts on BrickLink. Here are the photos of the complete ...
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What is this technic pin?

In Kooberz' video, he uses a techinc pin that looks like What is it called?
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What is this technic axle?

In this video, Kooberz uses this piece: You can see it in action in this video at 15:06. What is the piece?
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What is the name of this almost triangular shaped Technic beam?

Okay so, I've been on BrickOwl.com for the past day or two, trying to find the names of the peices for a LEGO GLaDOS that this guy made because he doesn't give the names, at around 12:50 he uses this ...
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How to make a regular pentagon from technic bricks

For the purposes of this build, we need a pentagon (figure with 5 sides), that is regular (all sides have equal length), and it needs to be able to be mounted on a build (like a wreath) by a technic-...
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What's the maximum pressure one airtank can withstand and how to tell its limit?

I bought a airtank and using it to support many v2 pneumatic cylinders, while I'm using a v1 pump and one motor to pump air to this air tank. Since another airtank or a lego pressure gauge is very ...
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How many pneumatic actuators does one air tank support

For example, I want to use air tanks to supply pressure to up to 18 pneumatic actuators (19475c01), but I don't know how many air tanks I should buy to supply the air pressure required by all of them. ...
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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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What part(s) can I use to connect modules at a 90 degree angle?

I'm looking for brainstorming! All ideas welcome. I have a design I'm working on which: is made of a bunch of identical modules fitting into a single framework has to allow the modules to "plug in" ...
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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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Having trouble pushing 6.6L bar into pin connectors

I have a dilemma where I am trying to push a 6.6L bar(4095)through 3 stacked pin connectors(62462) that have 1 long pin(6558) and 2 pins (4459) inserted. The bar only goes in a little bit and then it ...
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How to clear off oils in a way that will not damage the plastic?

Especially with the pneumatic cylinders, so it has to not make the metal rust too. Also, it is oxidized vegetable that is stuck in there, inside the pneumatic cylinders. And it started to make it all ...
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What is the name/number of this brick

I was wondering what the two grey tile like bricks in the image below are? I wish to order some online, so would appreciate knowing their name.
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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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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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Instruction for installing rc to LEGO unimog

I'm searching for an instruction to install a remote control to my LEGO unimog. There are a log of youtube videos showing completed unimogs but I can't find any instruction.
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How much tension can I expect to get out of a lego chain before it starts to give away?

Assuming I am using the technic chain links to make a chain, how much force can I expect to be able to get out of the chain before it breaks? Suppose I am using a 16t gear to directly drive a 24t ...
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What are the measurements of the different Lego instruction booklets?

I've noticed that there are at least three different sizes (eg 7.8"x5", 4"x5.8" and 7"x8"). Are there other sizes?
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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 ...
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Where can I get threads compatible with LEGO pulleys?

Have LEGO threads ever been produced? Even the biggest LEGO rubber band is too short to meet my requirements. I need them for this year's WRO challenge. Note that the challenge only allows Lego ...
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Differences between EV3 Gyro and Hitechnic Gyro

I understand that the Hitechnic Gyro was made for NXT but are there any advantages of using it over the normal lego gyro in EV3??
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How to help a yellowed brick with a sticker?

My parents recently finally decided they can return me my childhood toys with 1990s Technic sets including the 8880 Super Car. All other sets were in boxes, but this one spent the last 15+ years ...
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Difference between gyro sensor and compass sensor

Does the HiTechnic compass perform the same function as the gyro sensor? I have been trying to find out the difference.
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Custom Power Functions plug design

I'm considering the possibility of making my own Power Functions-compatible sockets for a project. I'm designing a module board for a single-board-computer with motor drivers and would like to encase ...
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I need help Identifing this set by the picture

I have a blurry picture of a set I found at a LEGO fair, and I would like to know what it is: Thank you.
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Overview of Engineering Principles incorporated in Technic LEGO sets

I run an after-school technology education program and want to expose kids to real-life engineering by means of having them build commercially available Technic kits which we then deconstruct and ...
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Why can't I combine a EV3 Motor with a Technic frame in LDD?

It is easy and stress-free to attach a frame to a large motor in a vertical or horizontal manner as shown in the picture in real life. But I can't do the vertical version inside LDD. Anyone knows why? ...
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At what voltage do the c1 and c2 lines run at when controlling a lego servo motor?

related: how to control a servo motor from a raspberry pi The raspberry Pi normally outputs 3.3 V signals from it's pins, however there are logic level converters for interfacing with higher-voltage ...
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What Technic vehicle is this in black and red?

Any help with the set this piece is associated with, would be appreciated.
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Any issues with this non-standard gear combination of 12t gears?

I don't see any "accepted" gear ratios for a stud-less direct-diagonal gear combination on sariel's excellent gear coupler but by shifting 12t gears such that they mesh off-center, it seems to work (...
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EV3 Error and VM Program Instruction Break

I'm making a program which is very complex and large but it does not contain any Arrays in it. Weird thing is, last night it worked fine but today when I downloaded the exactly same thing into the EV3 ...
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How exactly does the pull-back motor (12787) work?

I've got the 42034 Quad for my birthday and it's been really fun to play with technic after so many years. I am very curious about one thing, though - how does the pull-back motor (12787) work and ...
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Which combination has a lower gear friction?

I need roughly a 1:3 reduction and I see a couple of ways to achieve it: using a 8t gear and a 24t gear (1:3) using 2x 12t gears and 2x 20t gears (1:2.779) using a 16t gear and a 40t gear (1:2.5) ...
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What is the “Module” of a LEGO gear?

Module, m this indicates the tooth size and is the number of mm of pitch circle diameter (p.c.d.) per tooth. For gears to mesh, their modules must be equal. Gear ISO standards and design methods ...
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How important is a center differential on a 4WD model?

I am looking to make a 4WD, single-engine powered vehicle, and I have seen others such as this which use three differentials to distribute the power to all 4 wheels: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/...
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What is wrong with a Lego pneumatics system that won't go?

I own a LEGO Technic Unimog U-400 (part number 8110) and have been very pleased so far with the performance of its pneumatic system. However, after storing for just a month or two (after a good 5+ ...
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Can you use a beveled gear as a pinion?

I would like to use the PF servo motor for steering, however it is very large - I was playing with the idea of having it mounted vertically, and then using bevel gears to change the direction of the ...
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How to design ackermann steering with lego wheel bearing front?

I wanted to use a steering system based on the 11949 part: But I am not sure how to use it in an ackermann system - I would like to be able to have drive and suspension on the wheel, and this piece ...
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What tool can get the Technic pin out from a connection closed in the other end?

I'm having trouble removing these LEGO Technic pins apart from their connectors and I don't want to use carpenter tools like pliers which may damage the bricks. What tool can get the pieces separated ...