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Beams & Connectors


TECHNIC 101










Stability with LEGO TECHNIC
Building Foundations with LEGO TECHNIC

Learn how to add stability to your TECHNIC creations with statics, right triangles and even LEGO System elements!


Now that you�ve mastered the first stage of LEGO TECHNIC construction, let�s look at the basic building principles that have helped to create some of the most amazing feats of engineering in the world.

STATICS

Before you can start on complex working machines, it�s important to learn how to build a stable construction. "Statics" is the science of objects that aren�t in motion. Engineers study statics so they can build bridges and buildings that will withstand huge forces. The same principles apply when building with LEGO TECHNIC. By applying these principles you�ll be able to build so that your mechanical masterpiece won�t fall apart as soon as the wheels start turning and the gears start spinning!

Let�s start by building three quick connections.





Which of the three constructions is the strongest? Which is the weakest? Which will support the most force without bending or falling apart? From the examples above, the top connection is the strongest � because it uses two pegs to connect with a 4M overlap. Remember, the more your beams overlap, the stronger your connection will be. For each part of your construction that you build, ask yourself: How strong does this connection need to be to support the functions of the construction?









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