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Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Design Patterns for Fun and Competition, Second Edition by James Jeffrey Trobaugh

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© James Jeffrey Trobaugh 2017

James Jeffrey Trobaugh, Winning Design!, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2105-1_10

10. Pneumatics

James Jeffrey Trobaugh

(1)Roswell, Georgia, USA

In the world of LEGO robotics, pneumatics is among the great mysteries to many robot teams. Since so many people either don’t understand the potential of pneumatics, or may be just are not aware of its existence, these parts rarely get used on LEGO robotics projects. Pneumatics refers to the use of pressurized gas (in LEGO, that gas is air) to create a mechanical motion.

Pneumatics gives the robot another power source for manipulation besides LEGO EV3 servo motors. Many times, a team will find that it needs an extra powered attachment that can’t be created using the robot’s existing attachment ...

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