Sunday, October 20, 2013
Lately I have been doing a lot of work on a custom skin for this blog. It isn't 100% glitch free yet or completely finished, but I still wanted to apply the changes so far and see what you think. If you see any problems or would like to give some feedback please do so here. Hope you guys like it!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sorry for the long gap between posts, I just have been really busy this summer! Anyway a few months ago I started building a GBC, I didn't put a whole lot of time into it so it took a lot longer than it normally would to finish. After about three months of on and off work I finally finished it! More will be posted below.Akiyuky, Yiharua, and LegoGBC just to name a few. I first built the "Ferris wheel" module, then I built the "Mechanical chain" module, after the first two modules were completed I started putting it together. Then I started adding more modules, until I had finished the loop. After that I fixed out all the glitches and created the program for the NXT module.
Here is the video of my GBC in action:
Overall I wouldn't say this is my best creation ever, but it was one of the ones I am most proud of. Also I am planning on making a 2.0 version sometime in the near future which should be A LOT better then this one, so stay tuned!
Additional information and pictures can be found here.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
As we ring in the New Year I want to look back on some Highlights from 2012!
- Changed the name of this blog from Mindstorm Maniac to NXT Geek.
- Hired a new contributor to help me keep this blog updated.
- Started our first Annual Trial Truck Competition.
- Celebrated NXT Geek's first birthday
- Overall design
- Blog layout
- More Gadgets
- And more...!
We have built a lot of projects over the past year but here are some of our favorites... (Nxtstep101)
And Ryan's favorite projects from this year...
Anyways you have seen a short list of the Highlights, some Future Plans, and some of our Favorite Projects! Now we from the NXT Geeks blog wish you a happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
After getting my excavator set a few weeks ago and building the models, I started building something I've always wanted to build... A remote controlled mobile arm. After about 2-3 weeks of building and fine tuning I finished. I came up with the name ROTA (Remotely Operated Technic Arm) The programming took an additional day, shortly after I took some videos and put them together so here is the video explaining all the mechanisms:
The base is a basic skid-steer base that I strengthened as I built the arm.
The 2 NXT motors are geared down 1:667 and control the driving function. I reinforced the treads due to a slight amount of bending when the arm (weighing around 5 lbs) would try to lift something heavy. The base took the shortest amount of time to build only around 45 minutes with an additional 15-20 minutes fixing all the flaws.
The arm was really fun to build but it also gave me the most trouble.
I used 3 linear actuators, two for the whole arm and one for the bend in the middle. You can see the gearing (4th picture) for the two actuators that lift the whole arm. I did not use any gearing for the bend in the middle (5th picture). I originally was going to use two actuators too lift the middle bend but instead I used only one because I needed the other one for the hand. The arm took me about 2-3 hours too build and perfect.
The hand also gave me a lot of trouble.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I am testing some car designs and Suspension so I made a Porsche 911. Over all the suspension and other test features worked out nicely with a top speed of 244 RPM (MAX.) it works good. It uses 700-1000 parts from the Super car and NXT kits. It is a fast chassis (1:2) with a light weight frame, the heaviest parts of this model are the NXT, Servo motors, PF battery box, and the PF M motor.
|The main picture of the Chassis, you can see the ionic Porsche headlights.|
|A picture of the side, you can see the angle of the back.|
|You can see the steering system, on the left you can see the clutch gear with a M motor spinning it.|
|The main drive, One motor spins forwards the other spins backwards. The small black gear on the far left is where it is geared to (1:2)|
This is my video, the best parts are from about 0:00-1:00 then the rest is driving and suspension.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
It has been one year since the start of this blog and ALOT has happened since then! Here are the most significant events that have happened since I started:
- February 2012 - Name changed to NXT Geek
- June 2012 - I became a beta tester for Mindsensors
- May 2012 - I moved
- August 2012 - Ryan became a contributor to the blog
- Throughout the year creations such as: M.V.F.B, The Circualtor, Mobile Skid Steer Arm, and 4 Motor Multiplexer where featured on various blogs that helped this blog get noticed.
Every year I will post my blogs stats. (If you think I should do it more often, comment)
Here are the first year stats:
October: 77 views
November: 54 views
December: 39 views
January: 140 views
February: 401 views
March: 462 views
April: 715 views
May: 357 views
June: 1,108 views
July: 1,487 views
August: 1,192 views
September: 1,492 views
Pageviews by Browsers
Pageviews by Operating Systems
Well it has been a first good year for NXT Geek, Hoping for many more to come ;-)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Hello, these are the results for the Trial Truck Competition that me and Nxtstep101 competed against each other in. We have the two videos that have the entries for the competition on (towards the bottom.) Over-all it seems like Nxtstep101's won in speed but mine won in design and features. A little about the competition, we had a course of 8 days to make our models and finish them, we had to use only M motors and no more then 4 in the process and we had to try to make the models resembling a trial truck. Although Nxtstep101 did make a Tank I didn't care too much it was just for fun after all.
The Unimog U500
Here is my entry into the competition, it uses four motors (two for driving, one for the turret, and one for the steering.) It also has a gear ratio of 1:24 which was a little overload but I thought it was needed for the use of M motors.
All Terrain Tank
Here is Michael's Tank, it uses 2 M motors (one for the right treads and the other for the left treads.) It has a gear ratio of 3:5 which as for as I could see worked well with the small chassis and lightweight construction.
As you can see we had very different entries but overall I think they both worked out nicely. Thanks for reading and if you have any Questions or Comments just ask them in the comments.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The MINDSTORMS team has decided to start the MINDSTORMS newsletter up again, so they put together a short 9-question survey to see what all of us fans would like to see in the survey. Go and take a few minutes to answer the question. Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMSnewsletter
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