181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions
by Yoshihito Isogawa
November 2014, 232 pp.
Full Color

"Minimalistic but highly informative...encouraging young engineers to apply problem solving and creativity to the endless combinations of mechanics."

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The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Idea Book explores dozens of creative ways to build amazing mechanisms with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set. Each model includes a list of the required parts, minimal text, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without the need for step-by-step instructions.

You’ll learn to build cars with real suspension, steerable crawlers, ball-shooters, grasping robotic arms, and other creative marvels. Each model demonstrates simple mechanical principles that you can use as building blocks for your own creations.

Best of all, every part you need to build these machines comes in one LEGO set (#31313)!

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Author Bio 

Yoshihito Isogawa is a LEGO luminary with 46 years of building experience. In addition to running Isogawa Studio, Inc., he regularly holds LEGO workshops, lectures at schools and science museums, and creates LEGO models for events and exhibitions. He is the author of the popular LEGO Technic Idea Book series (No Starch Press), as well as many Japanese-language LEGO books.

Table of contents 

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Have the Education version of the EV3 kits (#45544 and #45560), instead of the Home edition? Here's a list of the additional parts you'll need for each mechanism in the book, and a list of those mechanisms that can be built without the need for any additional parts.


The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book has achieved a rank of #3 in the Ezvid Wiki of 2019's best Lego Mindstorms EV3 books!

"A fresh approach to Lego Mindstorms building...I could go on and on about all the inspiring designs, but I want to leave something for you to check out on your own."
GeekMom (Read More)

"A fantastic book which will empower you to go beyond the standard robots featured in the EV3 kit and create your own to accomplish almost anything you can imagine."
Huw Millington for Brickset (Read More)

"This is a must-have book for any aspiring robot-builder."
Mark Crosbie for Think Bricks (Read More)

"A great book to learn the building possibilities of the MINDSTORMS set...highly recommended."
BrickJournal (Read More)

"Yet another top quality produced book from No Starch Press."
Richard Hayes for Brick Fanatics (Read More)

"Uniquely visual approach...a library of ideas, a plethora of gadgets and contraptions that you can either incorporate in your EV3 robot or use as inspiration for similar mechanisms."
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