I went retro this time around and decided to build something as big as I could without compromising the look. Chopp3Rod is the result of many hours of work, sporting both an attractive interior and exterior. The wheels are driven by independent direct drive via two Large Motors. A complex program allows the drivetrain to mimic a differential since a real differential was not used. Therefore it has an electronic differential! It sports many details, including a V12 engine, transparent lights, a Color Sensor headlight, comfy seats, clear quarter-panel windows, side exhaust, curvy wheel arches, rear tonneau cover, custom wheel hubs, and more! I am really happy with this model and how it turned out.  Read the rest of this entry »

I’m back with something I’ve never attempted to mechanize before: All Wheel Drive! I have to admit it was a pretty difficult project throughout, mention 4WD and it’s something not familiar to me :P  I made this as compact as possible, with the motors, P-Brick, and the mechanisms all sandwiched together. The steering type is Rack and Pinion steering driven by a 12-tooth bevel gear and steers pretty quick. I didn’t have time to program Return-To-Center steering into it. The All-Wheel-Drive uses three differentials, which makes it pretty complex. The difference in wheel sizes are no problem thanks to the center differential. Other features include opening hood, license plate, lights, and more. I’m proud of building my first AWD vehicle, but not quite satisfied; I have bigger plans for a 4X4 vehicle and I want to do better than this :P  Consider this a successful experiment!  Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings friends! As 2014 is coming to an end, I would like to share just how this year has gone! And it’s mainly due to your support, so keep it up! :D

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. My blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was August 16th with 443 views. The most popular post that day was Trav3rseTruggy (ATBuggy).

Posting Patterns

This year, there were 55 new posts (most of them robots), growing the total archive of this blog to 69 posts.

Attractions in 2014

These are the posts that you guys checked out most this year…

1. EL3CTRIC GUITAR

2. SumoStorm3r

3. About Me

4. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3LUTION

5. Recommended Mindstorms Builders

How did you find me?

The top referring sites this year were:

touchclassroom.blogspot.tw
thenxtstep.com
vexiqforum.com
youtube.com
sariel.pl

Where did you guys come from?

Most visitors came from The United States. Germany & Canada were not far behind.

In fact, 99 countries in all!

Thank You!

Again, thank you so much for checking out my work! Have a Happy New Year!

Greetings my friends! As it is nearing the end of 2014 and dawning a new year, *I am sharing my last robot ever. :( I’m dead serious. I will not post another robot.*

*This statement is only valid for the year 2014*

Okay, jokes over – here is my latest creation RX2 Thund3r Truck. I spent quite some time on the chassis, while the body was just pretty much leftovers :P It has live axle suspension, modeled after the 9398 4×4 Crawler and 42005 Monster Truck which gives the chassis exceptionally long travel. The drivetrain is very powerful having an output of ~80 N.cm torque. Not to mention that even with all that torque, RX2 Thund3r Truck has maxed out 74 feet in 26.49 seconds, which is about 2 MPH.  Read the rest of this entry »

A project I almost gave up on; thankfully I didn’t! Built with LEGO MINDSTORMS and Technic components, it includes: 2 EV3 Large Motors, 1 EV3 Medium Motor, 1 EV3 InfraRed Sensor, 2 small linear-actuators, a pair of hidden caterpillar tracks, and more! With its insignificantly-looking cubic structure, CUB3 is engineered to look like your ordinary box just lying around. Decoration, anyone? Your neighbors will find out soon enough. Just watch!  Read the rest of this entry »

I present to you my first LEGO TECHNIC creation that is motorized with the Power Functions system (PF) only! The PF Automatic Racer! This vehicle is just what the name implies: it is motorized with PF, it is able to drive automatically without any human intervention or interference, and it is plenty quick! The electronics: a PF Battery Box, a PF Switch, a PF Medium Motor, and PF LED Lights. The rest: 42000 Grand Prix Racer wheels and tires, 5:3 geared down ratio for torque, and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gen3rator is a very unique robot! Did you know that turning Mindstorms motors generate electricity? Well, now you know! Turning the hand-generator (motor) will transmit the electricity through the long wire and turn the motor in the vehicle! Some have already tried these systems, but I optimized mine. I used large tires to increase distance traveled in one revolution of the motor, and also geared it up 1:3 to speed it up 3 times faster!  Read the rest of this entry »