Friday, September 9, 2016

Lego Puzzle Box #2

I had a fantastic time designing this puzzle box, I was trying to make the most complex box of madness I can. This is what I came up with...


This puzzle is very complicated in the inside, but so I can show you how it works, the top and bottom can be detached easily.

This is how the top detaches

And the Bottom:
These are the parts that come off the top,
 Then you can see inside
(P.S. Some of the pneumatic tubes are not in there. Sorry)
The main things you can see from the top are the pneumatic pump (the blue thing) and the pneumatic switch

And the bottom:

One of the things on the bottom was the drive train for the pump, the long pole with the universal joints and the big tan gear transfer the power to the pump (in the top picture)

On the left there is a gear shiftier for the final door opening (much like the one on puzzle box #1).

Solution Video:

Build with Boston:

Here are the parts:

Now let's build it

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lego® Technic Puzzle Box #1

I love puzzles, these make me happy. So I thought I could meld my two hobbies and make a Lego Puzzle.
Power System: N/A
Motors: None
Parts: Below:
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Main Video:

How it works!

Pushing this...

...lifts this piece.

one stud up to this position this hits a door making it open!

I took of the bottom of the puzzle box so you can see the inside!

This handle...

...shifts between 3 gears, only one of them does anything!

So when you turn this knob and the gear shiftier is set correctly... 

The door is hit slightly.

 So than it can be opened fully.

the next mechanism consists of a handle turning some gears...

 That turn more gears.

That open a door...

 ...where the energy core is found.


Build with Boston:
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Now watch the video!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lego Mindstorms Spy Bot

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Power system: Mindstorms with 6 AA batteries
Motors: 3 Mindstorms Ev3 motors
Parts: Look below at the build video section... lots of sets were used to make this! ( : (the drive train (bag 1) can be built with only 31313 (Ev3 Home Edition)

Main Video:

How it Works:
Firstly this cover can come off to allow maintenance to the main driving system!

A large motor opens and closes the front door. Behind that door is my phone, it can record video but it can also allow me to drive the vehicle remotely.
This is the main drive system - just two treads. (:

Special Video:
I like making videos that are interesting and don't just show the creation in great lighting. So I created the Mission:

Build with Boston:


Now Let's Build it!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Paddles" for the Lego® Mindstorms Remote Controller

This is a quite simple build but in my opinion it makes it a lot easier to drive Mindstorms Vehicles!

Power system: N/A
Motors: N/A
Parts: 31313 (Ev3 Home Edition)


How it works:
This system is quite simple. The "paddles" are moved forward and backward. This moves the button pressing piece forward and backward and therefore pressing the corresponding button on the Remote Controller.

Build with Boston:

(The Build with Boston is at the end at the main video (32 seconds into the video))

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lego® Technic Gun

I for some odd reason love to build weapons. Back to the ballista I made approximately 6 months ago. And this is another one, it is not a replica of any real world gun. Comment below if you think it looks like any other gun in the real world. I doubt that there was a gun with these weird proportions.
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Power system: Human Power stored in rubber bands
Motors: N/A
Parts: Look below at the build video section... lots of sets were used to make this! ( :


How It works:
There are two main mechanical parts to this creation. They are the firing mechanism and the clip mechanism.

This is the unloaded gun system so you can see how it works. Basically the carriage moves back and forth, Loading, then Firing. Then it repeats.
The top part where the blue pegs facing up is where the clip attaches, and the one bullet in the gun is to show how the bottom-most bullet is fired. First you pull back on the red handle, this stretches the rubber bands and allows the bullet to fall into the carriage, then when you let go the bullet is fired.

So I can see inside to show you how the clip mechanism works the left panel of the clip comes off.

This is the heart of the clip system. The large "weight' that has a rubber band connected to it to pull it toward the gun even when it is upside down. This "weight" falls from above pressing the bullets into the firing system. But it's main job is to keep the bullets from jamming. What would happen is that when you rattle the gun the bullets will turn sideways and it would be unable to fire. Jammed,  ) :

This "lock" helps with loading by keeping the weight out of the way.
The back of the clip can be opened and bullets can be slid in. 
How to Build it (Build with Boston):

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And some non-Lego® Parts:

Now watch the video to see how to build it!


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Comment Below if you have comments or questions!