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Lego Mindstorms EV3 Monorail

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I think your design is sexy as ...[insert curse word]. Combining the panels at the bottom with System bricks on top, excellent!

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I had the same reaction as Jim. Looks fantastic, and the train design matches the theme of the rail design - a combination of Technic and System parts. :thumbup:

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10 hours ago, Jim said:

I think your design is sexy as ...[insert curse word]. Combining the panels at the bottom with System bricks on top, excellent!

 

6 hours ago, BusterHaus said:

I had the same reaction as Jim. Looks fantastic, and the train design matches the theme of the rail design - a combination of Technic and System parts. :thumbup:

Thanks @Jim and @BusterHaus  for the kind words.

I have improved the sketch a bit more. The train has now a roof and the front is a bit more smooth.

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Enjoy, Hans

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New video added with the "work in progress":

 

 

Most of the bricks are delivered, but still waiting for some pieces I ordered at Bricklink to finish the tracks and train.

On the straight tracks, the train is now running rather smooth. Speed is currently set ot 30, didn't try 100 yet ;-)

Enjoy watching the video.

 

More photos can be viewed at the Flickr page (click the photo below):

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Monorail

 

 

Regards, Hans

 

Edited by Hanso

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why do you make the rail technic you could also do a design like masao hidaka he built one that looks almost exactly like yours but uses normal 1x2 bricks for the curves and tiles for the curves and for the straights it uses larger bricks like 2x4s but anyways i do really like your train and i hope to see it soon on a video of you.

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13 hours ago, XGBC said:

why do you make the rail technic you could also do a design like masao hidaka he built one that looks almost exactly like yours but uses normal 1x2 bricks for the curves and tiles for the curves and for the straights it uses larger bricks like 2x4s but anyways i do really like your train and i hope to see it soon on a video of you.

There is no sensible reason to do this. Of course (... ), I know about the great design of Masao Hidaka. But I don't find that his monorail matches the tech design of our track. That's at least one reason to choose for my own design. The second, and maybe even more important reason is that I love to design this stuff myself. If I would make a monorail similar to the Masao one, it just wouldn't feel like 'my monorail'. As said, there is no sensible reason. And especially if I look at the price of the track ;-)

Hope this gives some explanation. Thanks anyway for your reply and the compliment.

Hans

PS What do you mean with 'hope to see soon a video'? There is a video available with the first test run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bE2DVLPSUg

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I now really understand your reasons better. With video i mean a video of you candy delivering system that uses the monorail i hope to see that soon but i do understand that it will take alot of time.

 

Keep on building!

 

XGBC

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13 hours ago, XGBC said:

I now really understand your reasons better. With video i mean a video of you candy delivering system that uses the monorail i hope to see that soon but i do understand that it will take alot of time.

 

Keep on building!

 

XGBC

Thanks, and indeed it takes quite some time for the building. But I will keep posting videos of the 'work in progress'.

Regards, Hans

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ok thats nice i hope to see some videos soon

XGBC

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I have posted two updates in another Eurobricks thread. The first update was about the up- and downhill track elements:

On 1/27/2019 at 7:21 AM, Hanso said:

I have added an up and downhill slope to my simple oval monorail layout. The train is now finished building. That is, apart from a sensor that still needs to be added. The sensor is needed to determine the location of the train, e.g. when it needs to stop for a switch or at the station.

Small video of the train running smoothly up and downhill:

Enjoy, Hans

 

The second update was just now, and is about adding the color sensor to the train:

Just now, Hanso said:

I have added a color sensor to the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Monorail train. It is now able to determine its position on the track, e.g. it can stop automatically for a switch or at the station. In the test setup, the train runs at speed 50. At the yellow marker, it slows gradually down to speed 25 and stops at the red marker. After 3 seconds, the train accelerates gradually to speed 50.

 

Enjoy watching the video.

Regards, Hans

 

Please let me know what you think.

Regards, Hans

 

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Dang, seems like great minds think alike! I'm glad I could help inspire this creation, It's already made many significant improvements over my setup! I especially like your curves, they look very elegant, and your train seems better equipped to take sharp corners. I'll certainly be following this project closely.

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Stud.io render of the updated train and a close-up of the wagon carrying the sensor. Of course, the wagon still needs to be finished that will have the same looks as the rest of the train.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Monorail with Color Sensor

Closeup of the Wagon carrying the Color Sensor

Enjoy, Hans

 

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On 2/5/2019 at 1:35 AM, Hanso said:

Closeup of the Wagon carrying the Color Sensor

 

Is there a pivot point in the other cars (at the end of the couplers) that will allow up/down bending? I know the track elevations aren't steep, but they will still put unnecessary strain on the parts if these pivots arent there. 

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