Hello Lego [NXT, Technic, Power Functions] world!

I thought blogging about my new passion would be a good way for me to remember what I’m doing (specially “how”). It’s a convenient way to keep track of my experiment, and if someone can find some use in there, well, it won’t harm too.

So I got for my 34th birthday many Lego boxes to play some Technic, Power Functions and NXT stuffs. I’ll later bought some custom parts on my own to have more things to experiment. I’ll maybe detail the complete rack later, but this first post is about achieving my first goal: Power!

The big picture is about building a RC Buggy Lego made, the first thing I need is a fast and solid propulsion, easier said than done. Based on this great motor comparison, I decided to go with the PF XL Motor, 220 RPM and 40 N.cm of stalled torque with a good form factor (NXTmotor is big and difficult to mount).

After many experiments I found out that:

  1. It’s hard to build mechanism where gears don’t “slide” (for a lack of a better word to describe the phenomena).
  2. If I want the speed I aimed for, one engine is not enough, the buggy would be too slow or stall too easily (or even don’t move, like my first prototype).

So I came up with a simple answer: double the input to double the output!

This website helped my to find the good gear model to setup to achieve a good RPM with a correct torque.

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