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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide
     

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide

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by Pawel 'Sariel' Kmiec
 

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The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Pawel

Overview

The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks. You'll learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Pick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needs
  • Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look
  • Create 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. Your Technic adventure starts now!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593274344
Publisher:
No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
742,920
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec is a LEGO Technic enthusiast based in Warsaw, Poland. A prolific blogger and model builder, Sariel's LEGO creations have been featured in many magazines, the world's most popular LEGO blogs, and even prompted the LEGO Group to use his help in developing some of its products. Sariel is a guest blogger for the official LEGO Technic website and is a 2012 LEGO Ambassador for Poland. He is YouTube's most-viewed LEGO Technic builder. Check out his models and more at sariel.pl.

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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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FRINGEINDEPENEDENTREVIEW More than 1 year ago
Are you a LEGO Tecnic builder? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec, has written an outstanding second edition of a book that covers a variety of topics, from the deceptively simple subject of LEGO wheels to the more obviously advanced, like planetary gearing and custom 3D-printed pieces. The author begins by explaining the basic concepts that will be explored as you build. Next, he takes a peak at the difference between two styles of building with LEGO pieces: studless and studfull. Then, the author discusses how the successful builder knows which combination (studless and studfull) works best for a given construction, which style should serve as its basis, and to what extent the other style should be incorporated. Also, he discusses three other popular pieces: axles, bushes, and universal joints. The author continues by focusing on how to choose the right wheels for the job and how to get the most out of them. Then, he discusses how to use gears: we can transform torque into speed or speed into torque. Then, the author explains the how same configurations are possible for chain and pulley systems, even though they’re often more practical with pulleys. In addition, he explains how levers and linkages are some of the simplest machines and form the basis for countless, more complex mechanisms. Next, the author describes the mechanisms that extend the functionality of your constructions beyond the limits of ready-made LEGO pieces. Then, he explains how the LEGO pneumatic system is a miniature model of real-life pneumatic and hydraulic systems; and, consists of three basic modules: a pressure generator, such as a manual pump or a motorized compressor; a control module, which is one or more valves that direct the flow of air; and, cylinders, which convert pressure to linear movement. Also, the author presents devices that make creative use of pneumatic systems: motorized compressors, remote-controlled valves, and pneumatic engines. The author continues by exploring how to find places in a structure where reinforcing is crucial: how to identify strong and weak LEGO pieces; and how to create casings chassis, frames, and trusses to support your models. Then, he explores which LEGO motors are best suited for which purposes. Then, the author shows you how the LEGO Power Functions system works and how its elements can be combined. Next, he helps you understand how the Radio Control system works and what makes it unique. Then, he shows you how to build typical LEGO steering systems; as well as, how to implement optional features, such as return-to-center steering. Also, the author looks at two topics that are inextricably linked to steering axles: suspending axles and driving them. Next, he shows you how to create tracked LEGO vehicles: rubber tracks and hard plastic tracks, each with a different set of advantages. Then, the author considers a special type of transmission called a distribution or split transmission. He continues by explaining how adders and subtractors are mechanisms that are used to couple two or more motors together. Then, the author discusses solutions that are possible by using original LEGO parts. Next, he discusses that as 3D printing technology becomes more widespread and affordable, that it’s natural for LEGO builders to consider its usefulness. Finally, the author states: Now that you have your ideal model in mind and you’ve learned how to scale all dimensions of the object accurately, that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would pay twice tha for this book. It has been so helpful!
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CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
If you are already a big Lego fan, with a Death Star or aircraft carrier proudly displayed in your bedroom or office, how do you take your creations to the next level? Especially if you want to include movement in your sculptures, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide will get you there. Author Pawet “Sariel” Kmiec takes you through the finer points of things like rotating joints, powertrains, suspension systems, multi-speed transmissions, differentials, pneumatic systems, how to scale your own models, and much more. While going through the book, I kept imagining the A’s I would have gotten on my science projects for re-creating the systems described herein. Like all of these books, it is lavishly and clearly illustrated, and thus — yes! — makes it really easy to build.
Read-by-Glowlight More than 1 year ago
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide gives the LEGO builder what he or she doesn’t receive from the instructions that come with the LEGO sets: an explanation, with color photos, of how things work. Rather than the customary building instructions, the author shows you component mechanisms, such as transmissions or suspension systems, which you can then incorporate into your own unique creations. While the book was written with the modern LEGO sets in mind, it also includes material for those who have the older sets. So even if you’re an adult who loved playing with LEGOs as a kid, you’ll find something new you can use to rediscover the joy of LEGO building here. Pawet “Sariel” Kmiec brings 20 years of Lego building to this comprehensive book. He is a prolific blogger and model builder, a guest blogger for the official LEGO Technic blog, and a 2012 LEGO Ambassador. The book begins with the basics: speed, torque, power, friction, traction, rolling resistance, backlash, efficiency, and vehicular concepts. Then moves onto the mechanics where you’ll find gears and power transmissions, chains and pulleys, levers and linkages, pneumatic devices, and finally, how to build strong. Part III covers motors. Then onto advanced mechanics. Part V shows form versus function, scaling a model, and the modeling process. Kmiec includes building at odd angles, building cleverly, and controlling your models. One of my favorite parts is the instructions on how to make flashing lights using the LEGO LEDs. With this knowledge, you can go on to give your vehicle turn signals. How impressive is that?! The clear and well-laid-out book allows plenty of room for your individual creativity, so use the inspiration and let your imagination go. This is a great manual for middle-grade and up, and is perfect for budding engineers.