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Lego Pneumatic Sequencing Tutorials

Author: Jadin Tredup


Introduction:
The big picture of these exercises is to familiarize students with the basics of constructing and designing pneumatic circuits using Lego components. These tutorials will show you first how to construct a Lego pneumatic cylinders with both one and two switches, a motorized Lego air compressor, and a simple circuit using the components from the previous tutorials. The photo below depicts the circuit students will build in the final tutorial.



Parts List and Sources:
A lot of the parts needed for these tutorials have been discontinued by Lego. As a result, they must be bought from mostly secondhand stores. At the time of writing these tutorials, these were the vendors I found to have the most stock of each piece available.

Lego Store - Pick a Brick
Lego Store - Power Functions Shop
Bricklink - Short on Bricks
Bricklink - NEXUS GM Brick Store
Bricklink - Black Swamp Bricks
Ebay - Burnhamh
Ebay - I Love Cheap Stuff
Ebay - Ile9os

Part Description Part # Vendor Price [per] Qty
Technic Axle 2 Notched 32062 Pick a Brick $0.10 [1]         |  4 |
| Technic Axle 3                           | 4519      | Pick a Brick        | $0.10 [1] 1
Technic Axle Pin 3749 Pick a Brick $0.10 [1]         | 18 |
| Technic Axle Joiner Inline Smooth        | 59443     | Short on Bricks     | $0.02 [1] 4
Technic Pin With Friction 4459 Pick a Brick $0.10 [1]         | 37 |
| Technic Pin Long                         | 32556     | Pick a Brick        | $0.15 [1] 5
Technic Pin Long with Friction 6558 Pick a Brick $0.25 [1]         | 10 |
| Technic Pin Long with Stop Bush          | 32054     | Pick a Brick        | $0.03 [1] 1
Technic Cross Block 1 x 2 (axle/pin) 6536 Pick a Brick $0.15 [1]         |  4 |
| Technic Brick 1 x 4 With Holes           | 3701      | NEXUS GM Brick Store| $0.05 [1] 4
Technic Brick 1 x 6 with Holes 3894 NEXUS GM Brick Store $0.16 [1]         |  2 |
| Technic Brick 1 x 14 with holes          | 32018     | NEXUS GM Brick Store| $0.67 [1] 7
Technic Bush with Two Flanges 3713 NEXUS GM Brick Store $0.03 [1]         |  1 |
| Technic Beam 3                           | 32523     | Burnhamh            | $8.00 [Beam Lot] 1
Technic Beam 5 32316 Burnhamh $8.00 [Beam Lot]  |  4 |
| Technic Beam 5 x 0.5                     | 32017     | NEXUS GM Brick Store| $0.25 [1] 2
Technic Beam 7 32524 Burnhamh $8.00 [Beam Lot]  |  5 |
| Technic Beam 7 x 5 with Open Center 5 x 3| 64179     | I Love Cheap Stuff  | $10.00 [4] 2
Technic Beam 3 x 3 x 0.5 32056 Burnhamh $5.00 [25]        | 12 |
| Technic Plate 2 x 6 with Holes           | 32001     | NEXUS GM Brick Store| $0.10 [1] 1
Technic Pulley Wheel 5D 3736 NEXUS GM Brick Store $1.13 [1]         |  1 |
| Technic Pneumatic Pump 2 x 2 x 5         | 2797c02   | NEXUS GM Brick Store| $9.00 [1] 1
Technic Pneumatic Air Tank 58120 NEXUS GM Brick Store $14.90 [1]        |  1 |
| Technic Pneumatic Valve with Pegholes    | 47223b    | Ile9os              | $13.00 [4] 5
Technic Pneumatic Cylinder 47224c01 Ile9os $38.00 [4]        |  3 |
| Technic Pneumatic T-Piece                | 4697b     | Pick a Brick        | $0.10 [1] 3
Pneumatic Hose - Various Length 5102 Ile9os Included with Valve 1
Electric Power Functions M Motor 8883 Power Functions Shop $7.49 [1]         |  1 |
| Electric Power Functions Battery Box     | 88000     | Power Functions Shop| $12.99 [1] 1
Minifigure Hand 983 Black Swamp Bricks $0.05 [1] 2

Tutorials:


Final Words:
Upon completion of all four of these tutorials, students should have a basic understanding of how to design, construct, and derive the algebraic expressions for pneumatic circuits using legos. The use of lego pneumatics provides a lot of advantages to the world of prototyping. Students can prototype circuits using lego components before making large, potentially costly changes to more permanent hardware.

For any questions or comments, please e-mail me at [email protected]

pneumatic_web_tut.txt · Last modified: 2016/02/29 01:29 by jadintredup