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10 Great Engineering Projects Using Lego

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Since it’s Christmas Eve Eve, here is a little lighthearted Christmas entertainment. Regular readers of this blog or those who follow our Facebook or Twitter feeds will know that some of us are big fans of well engineered Lego projects. So, since many of us will soon be waiting our turn with the children’s or grandchildren’s Christmas Lego, we have collected together eight of the best videos of Lego engineering projects that we could find. Do you know of any more similar Lego projects? Then leave a link in the comments at the end of the post. Enjoy…

1. Lego Hello World

A fully functioning inkjet style printer built from Lego.

View Lego Hello World

2. MakerLegoBot: Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer

Following on from the inkjet printer model above we have the next evolution – a 3D printer. What next? Self replicating Lego?

View MakerLegoBot: Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer

3. The Antikythera Mechanism

From the article – “The Antikythera Mechanism is what you call truly old school technology. Argued to be the world’s oldest known computer, this ancient Greek invention was used some time circa 100BC to calculate and ‘predict celestial events and eclipses with unprecedented accuracy’. Skipping past the two millennia in which it lay lost on a sea floor somewhere, the Mechanism has now been recreated by an Apple software engineer by the name of Andrew Carol, who has lovingly pieced 1,500 Lego Technic blocks together, creating 110 gears and four gearboxes in total.”

View – The Antikythera Mechanism

4. Lego Factory

This project goes even further than the 3D printer and features a fully stocked Lego “warehouse”.

View – Lego Factory

5. Lego Robot Competition

LSSU students build robots using Lego Mindstorms.

View – Lego Robot Competition – EGNR 101: Introduction to Engineering

6. The Train Show #22 Worlds Largest LEGO Train Layout

An amazing train layout built entirely of Lego.

View – The Train Show #22 Worlds Largest LEGO Train Layout

7. Working Lego V8, 32 valve engine

Designed and built from scratch this amazingly detailed model of a V8 engine took over 300 hours of work.

View – Working Lego V8, 32 valve engine

8. Single Cylinder Engine

A working single cylinder engine powered by a vacuum cleaner. This is based on a twin cylinder version  described here.

View – Single Cylinder Engine

9. Working Lego Flat 6 Engine

The third and final engine model is a hand powered flat 6 that includes a 2-speed transmission and a limited slip differential. Brilliant!

View – Working Lego Flat 6 Engine

10. James May’s Lego House

Last, but by no means least, here is Top Gear’s James May’s attempt to build a full size house out of standard Lego bricks. Sadly, the program isn’t any longer available to view from the BBC website (link below), but the video above links to part of it posted on YouTube. UK readers may already be familiar with the programme, but if you aren’t it’s well worth watching.

View – James May’s Lego House

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Chris Mason

General Manager at Prosig
Chris fell in love with technology and innovation in the early days of personal computing (Sinclair ZX80's, Commodore PETs & Apple ]['s) This hobby became a career in software development, product development, team leadership, web development, and marketing. He is now General Manager at Prosig & DJB Instruments, both part of Condition Monitoring Technology Group. In 2019 Chris completed an Executive MBA at the University of Winchester where he focused on innovation and strategy.

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