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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide, 2nd Edition by Laurens Valk, David J. Perdue

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Chapter 5. Building Sturdy Structures

The overall robustness or sturdiness of an NXT robot depends mainly on its structure, which is the basis of its design. And having a strong structure is important because a flimsy NXT robot is liable to simply fall apart. As you learned in Chapter 4, beams are the main structural pieces in the NXT 2.0 set; hence, building sturdy structures begins with learning to use beams effectively.

In this chapter we’ll examine some basic building techniques for using beams to make structures: extending beams, widening beams, forming corners, and creating angled, dynamic, and flexible structures. These fundamental techniques offer viable solutions for a variety of NXT creations, but they can also serve as the foundation ...

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