Rebrick contest – SuperBots!

Rebrick contest – SuperBots!

It’s a SuperBot competition! It’s time to put on your thinking caps for some superpower thinking. Design, build and make a video of a Super Robot; your very own SuperBot!  Make it super cool, super geeky, super smart, or super fun, and show what makes your robot a SuperBot. What dilemma, challenge, or chore will(…)

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Creating custom part bins in LDCad

LDCad is a great tool for designing LEGO sets. One powerful feature is it’s ability to create part listings from LEGO set inventories. This allows you to build using exactly the set of parts provided in an official LEGO set. I wrote a python tool that will create the necessary files for LDCad to install(…)

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2016 – a year in Lego Mindstorms

2016 – a year in Lego Mindstorms

2016 was another amazing year for Lego Mindstorms around the world. Marc-Andre Bazergui put togetger this graphical timeline that shows creations and projects from around the world throughout the year, along with events and notable news.

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Calculator keyboard design

Calculator keyboard design

The calculator will have a working keyboard, with a layout familiar to anyone who’s ever used a real calculator. When you press a key the display will update in real time. I also wanted to have a selection of common mathematical functions on the calculator keyboard. And most of all I wanted it to be(…)

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More work on digits

More work on digits

Some work in progress to cover up the internals of the digit mechanism with plates to only show the segment faces through. Not perfect yet. I need to make the frame more robust and come up with a clean modular way to cover up the face of each digit.  

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Update: a working Lego 7 segment display for my calculator!

Update: a working Lego 7 segment display for my calculator!

An exciting update on my Giant Lego Calculator project; I’ve succeeded in making a 7 segment display unit count upwards and also attached keys that change the value on the digit when you press them. This is a huge step forward after a lot of failed prototypes! Watch it in action In this first video(…)

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New project: a Giant Calculator!

New project: a Giant Calculator!

My latest project is to build a giant working calculator out of Lego. This is by far the most ambitious project I’ve taken on, and I’ll be blogging about my progress over the coming months. Why do I call it a ‘giant’ calculator? Because it’s going to be BIG! I estimate it’s at least one metre(…)

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Fun build – Lego Compact clock

This was a fun build I did over a weekend. I wanted a little challenge to tackle, something new I hadn’t tried before. I really like Nathanael Kuipers supercars, which he posts on his new website http://www.nkubate.com. But I also noticed he had a design for a compact LEGO clock. What appealed to me was the(…)

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