Category Archive: Tutorials

Jan 19

How to Get Building Instructions and BOM from an LDD Model

This video will teach you how to create printable building instructions and a parts list/bill of materials for the EV3 robot that you have created in Lego Digital Designer. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for …

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Jan 12

LDD Basics – Getting Started with LEGO Digital Designer

This week, I will be covering the basics you will need to know in order to build your very own EV3 robot in LEGO Digital Designer. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for a physical robot, …

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Jan 05

Introduction to the Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT)

Introduction to the Virtual Robotics Toolkit, which is the topic of my tutorials for the next few weeks. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for a physical robot, offering a cost-effective alternative. If you are interested …

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Dec 08

Mindsensors EV3Lights – Tips, Tricks and Hacks

This week, I’m discussing the new EV3Lights by Mindsensors. I will explain what they are, what’s included in the package, talk about alternative power options, as well as how to program them and teach you a few of my very own hacks (multicolors, pulsing, etc.). The Mindsensors EV3Lights are LED lights that are controlled by …

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Dec 01

WRO – The Competition Explained

Have you ever considered competing in WRO (World Robotic Olympiad)? It’s a group of robotics competitions for kids from Elementary to University levels. This week’s tutorial will teach you all about WRO: from scheduling, the competition types, alternative ways to qualify, etc. FLL Schedule: http://www.first-lego-league.org/en/2016.html WRO Schedule: http://www.wro-usa.org/register My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 …

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Nov 10

Comments – The Most Useful Pieces of Code that do Nothing

How can something that doesn’t do anything be so useful? Comments are a feature used in many programming languages, EV3-G included. They don’t play any function in the program, so they are very useful for keeping notes on what is happening at each part of the program. EV3 comments can also be used to make …

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Nov 03

MyBlock Parameters in EV3-G – The Ultimate Programming Convenience

This week, I will teach you how to define parameters for your MyBlocks in EV3-G. Parameters provide a very convenient way to adjust the values within a MyBlock in an EV3 program, without having to alter the MyBlock itself. My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of October were: Venkateshalu, Albert Bricker, …

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Oct 27

Is the Branching Error Fixed? – Testing EV3 Software V1.2.2

This week, I will be testing EV3-G code samples to demonstrate how the latest EV3 software update (V1.2.2) has resolved the branching error discussed last week (A.K.A. VM Instruction Break Error). I will be doing a side by side comparison of the same code compiled in both the old (V1.2.1) and new (V1.2.2) versions of …

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Oct 20

EV3 VM Instruction Break Error – The Cause + Solution Explained

The cause of the EV3’s Virtual Machine (VM) Instruction Break Error is now understood, and a solution has been announced, thanks to collaboration between the LEGO MINDSTORMS Community, the LEGO Group and National Instruments. In this video, I will explain the cause of the VM Instruction Break Error, explain why it has been such a …

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Oct 13

What is the Best EV3 Line Follower For You?

What line follower should I use for my EV3 robot? This video will give you all of the information you need to decide which line follower would work best for you, your robot and your situation. This video will compare a zig-zag line follower, a 2-sensor line follower, a proportional line follower, a 2-sensor proportional …

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