TOOLS

Gearing Ratio Calculator

Check out the Beta version my Lego Technic Gearing Ratio Calculator Tool:

This tool allows you to upload your Lego Technic project .ldr file and analyse the gearing ratios between any two connected gears or axles. Currently supports most gears, axles, worm gears, some differentials, cv joints and universal joints. See the video tutorial on how to use it. It is a work in progress and I would love to hear your feedback on it. Click here to try it out.

Note: As of 25 Septemeber 2021 the tool supports CV joints, linear speed via the radius of the component and improves on the frame rate for higher numbers of parts in a model).

Technic Elbow Art

This is a tool to create "Lego Technic Elbow Art" - a series of intertwined elbow pieces as a single sequence. Choose your dimensions and search parameters and search for new dense solutions and set a record! 

Download your Elbow Art as an .ldr file and build it yourself. Click here to try it out!

Lego Technic Binary Counting Machine - You have to see this fascinating counting machine

12 May 2020

A Lego Technic MOC modular binary counter is presented and used to measure the RPM of a large Lego Technic motor. The counter is constructed of a series of 4 sides reels each representing 2 bits. These are held at neat 90 degree angle multiples by a micro stepper mechanism. The overflow bits are carried to the next reel using a 4 knob wheel pushed by a small lever arm from the previous reel. The design is modular such that multiple modules can be combined to create a larger counter. The counter demonstrated is made from 3 modules and can count from 0 to 4095 in binary.

More to explore

Lego Technic MOC Timer Gadget

25 Apr 2020

An unconventional Lego Technic MOC timer gadget is presented. It is based on 4 pins holding back a liftarm that stops the timer. Each pin is motor driven by a different gearing ratio such that the liftarm can only move once all pins align. This only happens when the number of turns of the main ax...read more

Lego Technic MOC Programmable Controller

5 May 2020

Here I present a Lego Technic MOC programmable controller to control two independent Lego Technic functions simultaneously. The controller uses two tank tracks with pins on them to select between neutral, forward and reverse to control a small crane. The timing of the switching can be controlled ...read more

Lego Technic Beyblade Battle Launcher

19 Aug 2022

This video presents a Lego Technic version of the spinning top battle game "Beyblade". A Lego Technic launcher for spinning tops made out of Lego is demonstrated and a number of battles are fought between various top designs. The launcher uses a high speed buwizz buggy motor to drive th...read more

Lego Technic PU 2 Speed Automatic Gearbox

8 Jul 2022

This video presents a lego technic two speed automatic gearbox using two motors and the Powered Up (PU) lego technic control system. Each motor uses a pivoting gear to either connect to it's gear to the left when rotating in the forward direction or to the gear to the right when reversing. Th...read more

Lego Technic Powerful 2 Speed Auto Gearbox

3 Jun 2022

Here I present my design for a compact and powerful Lego Technic 2 speed automatic gearbox.

The gearbox uses the Lego Technic Powered Up functions to detect speed and deduce torque from that to make gear switching decisions. The gearbox switches between a high gear of 1 to 4, to a low gea...read more

Lego Technic New 12/20 Gear High Speed Friction Test

21 May 2022

The Lego Technic set 42140 App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle introduces two new gears - a flat version of the 12 tooth bevel gear and a flat version of the 20 tooth bevel gear. These gears are designed to have less friction.

In this follow up video I measure the high speed difference ...read more

New Flat 12/20 Gear Friction

23 Apr 2022

The Lego Technic set 42140 App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle introduces two new gears - a flat version of the 12 tooth bevel gear and a flat version of the 20 tooth bevel gear. These gears are designed to have less friction.

In this video I measure the difference in gearing efficiency...read more

Lego Technic Pi Day Machine

14 Mar 2022

 

Here I present a Pi Day special Lego Technic machine that produces a gearing ratio of Pi/8 using a 56mm wheel driving a 13x13 square wheel.

The correctness of the ratio is confirmed by matching it with output of a 2 differential gearing system that produces a ratio of 355/9...read more

Lego Technic Powered Up Tutorial 2 - Speed Control

19 Feb 2022

This is my second Lego Technic Powered Up Tutorial that focusses on Lego Technic motor speed control using the Powered Up hub and Powered Up programming interface. The Lego Powered Up App is run on a Samsung Android tablet. I demonstrate how to set and control the power level applied to a motor.<...read more