LEGO Power Functions Idea Book v. 1

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1

Machines and Mechanisms
by Yoshihito Isogawa
October 2015, 324 pp.
Full Color

Look Inside!

This first volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Machines and Mechanisms, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You’ll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You’ll learn to build sliding doors, grasping claws, rack-and-pinion mechanisms, and ball-shooting devices of every sort!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you’ll explore the principles of simple machines, gear systems, power translation, and more.

Download a parts list here.

Also Available: LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 2!

LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 2

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 other Japanese-language LEGO titles.


"Two new titles that are sure winners."

"Each model is built with pieces in a wide range of colours, making it easier to see what parts are used and how they are connected. Pictures from different angles of each build provide enough information to “reverse engineer” all of the contraptions for even the most inexperienced builder."

"One of the amazing things is that even the most complex of the myriad ideas presented do entirely without programming, but are purely mechanically implemented, often under the aid of only one or at most two motors."
Die NXTe Ebene (translated from German)

"Brimful of high quality images on beautiful glossy paper."

"Yoshihito is an amazing LEGO builder and it is truly a gift that he is sharing these ideas with the global LEGO community!"
Milluzzi Labs

“Yoshihito Isogawa's books are a wonderful learning guide for young mindstorm and/or lego technic enthusiasts. I have used his series for years to train my First Lego League teams on simple machines.”
—S. Gedney, Amazon reviewer

Extra Stuff 

See some of the book builds in action: a machine that draws sine waves, a mechanism that rotates while moving, and a drawing arm.