• Crafts & Hobbies

LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders

Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593272782
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 144
View: 1901
LEGO TECHNIC is designed to allow builders to create more advanced models with moving parts, like those built with LEGO MINDSTORMS.The Unofficial LEGO TECHNIC Idea Book: Vehiclesoffers hundreds of ideas and examples for building mechanisms with TECHNIC. This volume focuses on vehicles that can drive, turn, move things, and go backwards. The book is color throughout, with little to no text accompanying its diagrams; rather than tell you what to think, you are encouraged to use your own imagination. The book's illustrations demonstrate various ways to build TECHNIC vehicles, which you can use as starting points for your own creations.Vehiclesbegins by teaching readers about tires, rotation speed, and how to build a simple car with a motor, then demonstrates more complex actions, like how to use differential gears; make a car turn or move items; add car suspension with rubber bands or springs; and go backwards and forwards and switch rotational directions.The Unofficial LEGO TECHNIC Idea Booksare for anyone who wants to create a moving masterpiece, as well as those who want to make original robots with MINDSTORMS.

    • Crafts & Hobbies


181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions
Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593276001
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 232
View: 8057
The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Idea Book explores dozens of creative ways to build amazing mechanisms with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set. Each model includes a list of the required parts, minimal text, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without the need for step-by-step instructions. You’ll learn to build cars with real suspension, steerable crawlers, ball-shooters, grasping robotic arms, and other creative marvels. Each model demonstrates simple mechanical principles that you can use as building blocks for your own creations. Best of all, every part you need to build these machines comes in one LEGO set (#31313)!

    • Crafts & Hobbies

LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions

Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593272790
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 6532
"The book is color throughout, with little to no text accompanying its diagrams ... The LEGO technic idea books are for anyone who wants to create a moving masterpiece, as well as those who want to make original robots with MINDSTORMS. It can also be used to demonstrate how machines work and to experience the fun of mechanics."--Publisher description.

    • Technology & Engineering

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Volume 1

Machines and Mechanisms
Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593277105
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 324
View: 8660
This first volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Machines and Mechanisms, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You’ll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle. You’ll learn to build sliding doors, grasping claws, rack-and-pinion mechanisms, and ball-shooting devices of every sort! Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you’ll explore the principles of simple machines, gear systems, power translation, and more.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, 2nd Edition

Author: Pawel Sariel Kmiec
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593278152
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 424
View: 1302
This thoroughly updated second edition of the best-selling Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide is filled with tips for building strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the LEGO Technic system. World-renowned builder Pawe? "Sariel" Kmiec covers the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from the concepts that underlie simple machines, like gears and linkages, to advanced mechanics, like differentials and steering systems. This edition adds 13 new building instructions and 4 completely new chapters on wheels, the RC system, planetary gearing, and 3D printing. You’ll get a hands-on introduction to fundamental mechanical concepts like torque, friction, and traction, as well as basic engineering principles like weight distribution, efficiency, and power transmission—all with the help of Technic pieces. You’ll even learn how Sariel builds his amazing tanks, trucks, and cars to scale. Learn how to: –Build sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress –Re-create specialized LEGO pieces, like casings and u-joints, and build custom, complex Schmidt and Oldham couplings –Create your own differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems –Pick the right motor for the job and transform it to suit your needs –Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look –Build remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines This beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. What better way to learn engineering principles than to experience them hands-on with LEGO Technic? New in this edition: 13 new building instructions, 13 updated chapters, and 4 brand-new chapters!

    • Technology & Engineering

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Volume 2

Cars and Contraptions
Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593277121
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 328
View: 5303
This second volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Cars and Contraptions, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You’ll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle. You’ll learn to build four-wheel drive cars, adorable walking ‘bots, steerable tanks, robotic inchworms, and cars that can follow the edge of a table! Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you’ll explore the principles of gear systems, power translation, differentials, suspensions, and more.

    • Technology & Engineering

LEGO Technic Robotics

Author: Mark Rollins
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430249803
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 300
View: 7988
Provides information on using the LEGO Technic robot kit, including how to build a robot body, using the power functions, enabling a robot to walk.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1

Amazing Vehicles
Author: Nathanael Kuipers,Mattia Zamboni
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593275412
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 136
View: 2976
With just one collection of LEGO bricks, you can build any of these 10 models—from the simple Go-Kart to the intricate Rescue Truck. Handy tips and advanced building techniques will inspire you to create your own amazing models for even more fun! –Off-Roader –Go-Kart –Muscle Car –Stroller –Multi-Purpose Truck –Historic Racer –Classic Car –Wheel Loader –Street Rod –Rescue Truck

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Forbidden LEGO

Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against!
Author: Ulrik Pilegaard,Mike Dooley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781593271374
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 186
View: 2400
Create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions.--From publisher description.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Incredible LEGO Technic

Cars, Trucks, Robots & More!
Author: Paweł "Sariel" Kmieć
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593275870
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 280
View: 7935
From tanks to tow trucks, all the models showcased in this book use LEGO Technic gears, pulleys, pneumatics, and electric motors to really move. You’ll find some of the world’s best fan-created LEGO super­cars, construction equipment, monster trucks, watercraft, and more, along with design notes and breakaway views of the truly incredible mechanisms inside. Look closely, and you’ll learn how expert builders use differentials, suspensions, linkages, and complex gearing systems in their creations. Whether you’re a beginning builder or a longtime LEGO fan, Incredible LEGO Technic offers a unique look at the artistry and engineering that can make your LEGO creations come alive.

    • Computers

Practical LEGO Technics

Bring Your LEGO Creations to Life
Author: Mark Rollins
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 143024612X
Category: Computers
Page: 272
View: 7813
You already know you can create amazing things with LEGO, but did you know you can also make vehicles that roll and model plans that include landing gear and flaps that actually extend and retract? 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 cars, all terrain vehicles, vehicle steering, construction equipment such as cranes and forklifts, airplanes. All-in-all, you'll learn 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. Please note: The print version of this title is in black & white; the ebook is full color. You can download color images from the book at http://www.apress.com/9781430246114 Covers basic design for motorized vehicles that run and steer. Shows how to build headlights and more using the Power Functions Light Kit. Provides suspension design for use in building all-terrain vehicles. Helps you build construction equipment, including a crane and forklift.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, 2nd Edition

Author: Allan Bedford
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593274807
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 240
View: 3444
What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isn't it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide. Now in full color, this brand-new edition of a well-loved favorite will show you how to:–Construct models that won't fall apart –Choose the right pieces and substitute when needed –Build to micro, jumbo, and miniland scale –Make playable board games out of LEGO pieces –Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures –Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more Of course, the real fun of LEGO building lies in creating your own models—from choosing the subject to clicking that final brick into place. Learn how in The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide. Includes the Brickopedia, a visual dictionary of nearly 300 of the most commonly used LEGO elements!

    • LEGO toys

The LEGO Ideas Book

Author: Daniel Lipkowitz
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
ISBN: 9781405350679
Category: LEGO toys
Page: 200
View: 412
Be inspired to create and build amazing models in LEGO®!The LEGO Ideas Book is packed full of tips from expert LEGO builders on how to make jet planes reach new heights, create fantastic fortresses, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! The book is divided into six themed chapters - transport, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes. With over 500 models and ideas, this book is perfect for any LEGO fan - young or young at heart - who want to make their models cool, fun and imaginative.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines

Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593272774
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 157
View: 9901
The Technic models in "Simple Machines" demonstrate basic configurations of gears, shafts, pulleys, turntables, connectors, and the like and show readers how to create small, elegant machines like cranes, operable doors, motorized cars, a rubber band-powered rocket launcher, a hand-cranked drag racer, and even musical instruments.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Just Really Joseph

Author: Kayla Craig
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781483583815
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
View: 1266
"Just Really Joseph" is a charming children's book about adoption, identity, and family. This warm and welcoming story follows a day in the life of two young brothers who have different skin colors. "Just Really Joseph" provides affirming, age-appropriate ways to talk about race and transracial adoption. As an adoptive mom, Kayla Craig scoured the internet for a children's book about adoption that would help foster conversation about her adopted son's identity, skin color, and his birth mother. When her search came up short, she began brainstorming a relatable, heartfelt children's book that compassionately connects with children. Inspired by Joseph (who's six and joined her family via international adoption) and Asher (who's three and joined her family the old-fashioned way!), Kayla wrote "Just Really Joseph" -- a story about adoption, and what just really makes a family. "Just Really Joseph" is a book not only for adoptive families, but for biological families, too. With charming illustrations and a relatable tale, "Just Really Joseph" helps preschool and elementary-aged children understand that families don't have to match. All sales of "Just Really Joseph" will flow directly to Katelyn's Fund Orphan Ministry, a 501(c)3 that advocates for vulnerable children in Haiti, as well as provide international and domestic adoption grants to families across the U.S. "I hope that a few minutes of reading "Just Really Joseph" will, as my son Joseph says, "make your heart just really happy." To all the little ones, all the parents who love them, and a God who makes all things new." - Kayla Craig, author of "Just Really Joseph"

    • Business & Economics

The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail, But Some Don't
Author: Nate Silver
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143125087
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 534
View: 7480
The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and societal costs of wrongful predictions.

    • Technology & Engineering

The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming

Author: Terry Griffin
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593276389
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 276
View: 8889
With its colorful, block-based interface, The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 programming language is designed to allow anyone to program intelligent robots, but its powerful features can be intimidating at first. The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming is a full-color, beginner-friendly guide designed to bridge that gap. Inside, you’ll discover how to combine core EV3 elements like blocks, data wires, files, and variables to create sophisticated programs. You’ll also learn good programming practices, memory management, and helpful debugging strategies—general skills that will be relevant to programming in any language. All of the book’s programs work with one general-purpose test robot that you’ll build early on. As you follow along, you’ll program your robot to: –React to different environments and respond to commands –Follow a wall to navigate a maze –Display drawings that you input with dials, sensors, and data wires on the EV3 screen –Play a Simon Says–style game that uses arrays to save your high score –Follow a line using a PID-type controller like the ones in real industrial systems The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming covers both the Home and Education Editions of the EV3 set, making it perfect for kids, parents, and teachers alike. Whether your robotics lab is the living room or the classroom, this is the complete guide to EV3 programming that you’ve been waiting for. Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Home OR Education set (#31313 OR #45544).

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Lego Crazy Action Contraptions

Author: Doug Stillinger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781591747697
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 50
View: 8219
Sixteen brand-new high performance Lego contraptions to make which spin, stretch and speed into action. Includes over 100 Lego pieces in one handy storage box.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Art of LEGO Design

Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models
Author: Jordan Schwartz
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593275536
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 288
View: 3086
The most impressive LEGO models often take careful planning (and lots of pieces), but with some inspiration, a little imagination, and a number of tried-and-true techniques, you too can turn bricks into a masterpiece. In The Art of LEGO® Design, author Jordan Schwartz explores LEGO as an artistic medium. This wide-ranging collection of creative techniques will help you craft your own amazing models as you learn to see the world through the eyes of some of the greatest LEGO builders. Each concept is presented with a collection of impressive models to spark your imagination—like fantastic dragons, futuristic spaceships, expressive characters, and elaborate dioramas. You’ll discover some of the inventive techniques that LEGO artists use to: * Create lifelike creatures from unusual elements like inside-out tires and minifigure capes * Design sleek cars without showing a single stud * Add ambience to dioramas with light bricks or LEDs * Craft eye-catching textures to create cobblestone roads and brick walls * Build sturdy, detailed, posable mechs and other figures * Add depth with forced perspective and interesting silhouettes Interviews with the talented builders behind many of the book’s models reveal their thoughts on the design process and what inspires them most. Even if you’ve been building with LEGO since you could crawl, you’ll find new inspiration in The Art of LEGO® Design.

    • Technology & Engineering


Build, Program, and Experiment with Five Wicked Cool Robots
Author: Daniele Benedettelli
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593275595
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 432
View: 8103
The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 set offers so many new and exciting features that it can be hard to know where to begin. Without the help of an expert, it could take months of experimentation to learn how to use the advanced mechanisms and numerous programming features. In The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory, author Daniele Benedettelli, robotics expert and member of the elite LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Panel, shows you how to use gears, beams, motors, sensors, and programming blocks to create sophisticated robots that can avoid obstacles, walk on two legs, and even demonstrate autonomous behavior. You’ll also dig into related math, engineering, and robotics concepts that will help you create your own amazing robots. Programming experiments throughout will challenge you, while a series of comics and countless illustrations inform the discussion and keep things fun. As you make your way through the book, you’ll build and program five wicked cool robots: –ROV3R, a vehicle you can modify to do things like follow a line, avoid obstacles, and even clean a room –WATCHGOOZ3, a bipedal robot that can be programmed to patrol a room using only the Brick Program App (no computer required!) –SUP3R CAR, a rear-wheel-drive armored car with an ergonomic two-lever remote control –SENTIN3L, a walking tripod that can record and execute color-coded sequences of commands –T-R3X, a fearsome bipedal robot that will find and chase down prey With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory as your guide, you’ll become an EV3 master in no time. Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)