Practical LEGO Technics: Bring Your LEGO Creations to Life

Book description

You already know you can create amazing things with LEGO, but did you know you can also make planes, trains, automobiles actually fly, roll, and run? You can even make functional robots without getting into Mindstorms and programming. In Practical LEGO Technics, Mark Rollins shows you how to use LEGO and Power Functions components like motors and remote controls to create motorized propellers, train engines, vehicle steering, outriggers, wings, landing gear, and robot legs to create a wide variety of fun, unique LEGO creations.

LEGO Technic is similar to Mindstorms in that you can create all sorts of cool vehicles and gadgets. But unlike Mindstorms, you don't have to learn programming. Power Functions allows you to add motors, remote control, and battery boxes to your Lego projects, no programming required. And while you could just build a LEGO Technic gadget from a boxed set, with Practical LEGO Technics, you'll learn the hows and whys of Technic project design, and pick up ideas for your own custom projects.

You will:

  • Create motorized wheeled vehicles that run, steer, and even have headlights

  • Create walking contructions, including robots with working heads and hands

  • Learn even more ways to make your LEGO Technic creations more realistic

  • What you'll learn

  • How to put a motor on any LEGO vehicle to bring it to life, including airplane wings and landing gear

  • How to put a suspension system, steering mechanism, and working lights on your Technic vehicles

  • How to create walking vehicles with as many legs as you want

  • How to built LEGO robots with moving parts, including head and arms

  • How to design LEGO vehicles that look and work like real construction vehicles, including bulldozers, dump trucks, and cranes

  • Who this book is for

    Lego and building enthusiasts of every age and experience level who want to learn how to build creations with LEGO Technic.

    Product information

    • Title: Practical LEGO Technics: Bring Your LEGO Creations to Life
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: December 2012
    • Publisher(s): Apress
    • ISBN: 9781430246114