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Tutorials: Official MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Bonus Models

Published on March 3, 2012 by in NXT Building

With the help from the Mindstorms Community Partners (MCP), LEGO has released several bonus models for the NXT 2.0 set. However, they are not easily found on the LEGO website. This page is a collection of pictures and links to the bonus projects. Robot Square does not host the instructions or programs. Credits (and questions) go to the original designers.

Requirements:

All you need is one NXT 2.0 set

Asking for help:

If you have any issues with the building or programming instructions, please contact the original designer of this robot! Asking for help here isn’t very effective, because I did not design these robots. Therefore, I do not know the details of the designs or solutions to problems you may run into. I’m just keeping this collection here to make all these designs easy to find. Happy building!

1# M.O.R.P.H

M.O.R.P.H



2# Llama

Llama


3# Manty

Manty


4# Stonehenge

Stonehenge


5# Segway with Rider

Segway with Rider


6# NXTitzki

NXTitzki


7# Archfish

Archerfish


8# Tripod

Tripod


9# MindCuber

MindCuber


10# Pinball

Pinball Machine



11# Color Programmable Car

CPC: Color Programmable Car



12# Lotto Bot

Lotto Bot


Videos

Here’s a few videos showing some of the bonus models in action, so you can see what the robots do before you build them. Not all videos are made by the original robot designers.
1# M.O.R.P.H

2# Llama

3# Manty

4# Stonehenge

5# Segway with Rider

6# NXTitzki

8# Tripod

9# MindCuber

10# Pinball

12# Lotto Bot

 
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123 Responses

  1. the NeXT freak

    There is one new building istruction .I dont now what he do ,maybe you now?

  2. the NeXT freak

    he is certainly small. But 77 pages, are the building instruction.

    • Foton

      I just build the Color programmable car (bonus model 11).
      I love the idea, but building instructions are horrible.
      Almost one fixed view, even when building behind “the wall”.
      Files for CPC include not only program in NXT-G but also a photos of builded model. These are VERY helpfull.
      I have problem with runing program, because if the ball is close to sensor, it reads nonsence or nothing. The inner space in ball cage is 3 studs, ball are 2 studs in diameter. Sensor is about 0.5 stud off the standard grid, so you have space before him 2.5 studs. HWn ball is 0.5 stud from sensor, it reads right data. But when it falls to 0 studs from sensor, anything could happened.

      I tried to fixit (make balls to be “off” the sensor) with orange teeth or thin liftarms, but then balls start to stuck sometimes in the cage.

      Probably, soon I rebuild the robot completely to have cage space 2×2 studs.
      I want to use two of them in Flagball game (see http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/News/ReadMore/Default.aspx?id=419725) !

      • the NeXT freak

        Yes, it really is the hardest building instruction that I know. Sometimes you have to place an item anywhere, but you do not see where this should be

      • Foton

        I tried to build 2×2 stud cage, but balls stick in it (mikrometer wider space should be ok).

      • shreyash

        I followed the instructions while downloading an error occurred stating there is not enough memory.There are no files on the brick only the start up and sound files are on it. The brick has 58.0kb of open space.the program mindcuber has 655 bytes.please help if possible.
        thank you

        • Turtle

          I had the same problem so i deleted everything off the brick and it worked after that.
          Hope this helps :)

          • Garrett

            The building instructions arent nard at all. That is probably the easiest thing to build. Do you wanna know why? Its because anybody is capable of buildin a car with a chute on it. Its easy! Just try it even the programm should be easy! Just try that too! Good Luck

            :-)

  3. Alfredo

    Did someone build “8# Tripod”? I did it, but when I run the program on NXT Block, in its display I see “File Error!”…and it doesn’t work! :(

    Can you try it? Thank you! :)

  4. Person

    There is no bonus model #5 on the lego site. I have the Discovery Book and my family is very impressed with the snatcher, which I built recently.

    • Bonus model #5 used to be on the LEGO site, but it disappeared for unknown reasons. That’s one of the reasons I share the complete collection here.

      Glad to hear you all like the book!

  5. hugo2810

    I have built the TRIPOD, but the program doen’t work, and the fix link either! HELP!!

  6. Person

    I just saw a new bonus model on the lego website.It is called lottobot but i am not sure what is does

    • Thanks for the notification. I know what the robot does — I’ll add it to the page as soon as possible!

      • AJAY

        My son is trying to build this and has a question: on step 14 (page 21-22-23-24 of the instructions PDF file), a sensor is added. What is that sensor?

        • the NeXT designer

          I think that might be the other touch sensor because it’s kind of logical that a color sensor could not be between the treads of the robot. Why don,t you give it a try? It might work. ;)

          • Foton

            I thing that this one is color sensor. Program use 1 color sensor, 1 ultrasound sensor and 2 touch sensors.
            Touch sensors are at instruction 21 (33-36) and 14 (117-120) at ports 1 and 2. Ultrasound is at instruction 1(133-136) and port 4. Color sensor is at port 3 and probably instruction 14 (page 21-24).

            As I search throught the building instructions, they are merely same bad as Color Prog. Car (bonus model 11). There are no cable connection picture!!
            If this coul go to official Lego webpage, what else we can expect.

          • Foton

            Finally I Build it.
            This robot is used for random draw a ball form cage.
            Driving around specified amount of time, rolling the cage with color balls. Then draw one ball from cage and says it’s color.

            Video is on Youtube (http://youtu.be/UK53cz05nwE).

            Building 4 hours.
            Program does not run, because of missing image file. I change it and hugely commented RBT file (wiring included). You can download it from http://www.mlcochovi.cz/system/8547_bonus_model_12_Lottobot_commented9.rbt .
            Photos from building are at (https://plus.google.com/photos/114639699759279631157/albums/5748784296487784897)

          • Phan Tuan Dung

            I love Lottobot when I see the video. By the way, why my MacBook Pro say that that page is not exist…

      • the NeXT designer

        Lottobot looks like one of those globes where the little balls are spun in a game of Bingo on treads. Can you tell us what does it really do?

  7. Person

    Dear Laurens, have you noticed that the pinball projecy needs an extra sise six axle? I was very confused.

  8. Person.

    Dear Laurens, how do you open .LXF files from the internet?

  9. Markus

    Laurens
    I can download the mindcuber program, but i cannot open it because it is no a nxt format
    please check it and let me know
    thanks

    • Foton

      The program is in EXE format for NXT cube. You cannot open it as common RBT files. It is binary (already compiled) file.
      The download instructions are included in ZIP as README.txt file.
      After download, the program can be found in “Files” at NXT cube.

      Shorted Citation from README.txt:

      The software for MindCuber is provided as an executable software file that you can download to the NXT brick using the standard LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 software by following these steps:

      1. Select “Remote Control” from the “Tools” menu to open the “Remote Control” dialog

      2. Select “Connections” open the connection dialog

      3. Scan for your NXT and connect via USB or Bluetooth in the usual way

      4. Select the “Memory” tab in the connection dialog

      5. Select “Download” and use the file dialog to select the MindCuber.rxe file to download to the NXT

      MindCuber is now ready to go!

  10. rick

    hey laurens. i have a question on the pinball machine. i try downloading the program with a windows 7 laptop. but my cpu wont let me open the folder i get from the website. can you please help me?

    • Rick,

      The link on this page is a .zip file. When you open it, you will find a file inside: “PinballNXT3e.rbtx”

      Don’t open this file again in your archiving tool. Just drag this file to your desktop. Open it from your desktop.

      rbtx files sometimes act funny if you directly open them through a web link or through an unzip tool. So this is the way to go.

      Laurens

  11. Lego Lover

    The program for the tripod isn’t working! Should I go to Danielle Bendettelli’s website and download it there instead?

  12. Frosti]{

    I’m about mindcuber. it can not collect the Rubik’s cube, but only his studies. and then on the screen says: scan error

    • Foton

      I show mindcuber on exhibition and there are two thing, where it can can failed to solve the cube:
      1) Cannot scan the sides => “scan error”
      2) After succesfull scanning one step in solving is not completed corretly and you have to start again.

      The final score is somethin about:
      60 starts
      25 succesfull scans
      8 finaly solved cubes
      So be patient :-) When it finally get solved it is awesome.

      ad 1)
      - I have two Rubik’s cube, sometimes switching them helped.
      - Be sure you have common colored cube, because there is only calibration for white (detecting ambient light), not for all colors.
      - Clean cube with cloth

      ad 2)
      – there is nothing You can do. Just try it again. Funny part is that if step failed at certain remaining steps and You rerun program, number of steps remainnig steps gets bigger (eg. 13 -> 35)

  13. travis

    hi laurens my dads got me ur book formy birthday and i have built all of ur awsome lego sets thanks!!

  14. person

    hi
    i build mindcuber and i download program. I put rubik’s cube and i start the program. Mind cuber scans and solves the rubik’s cube but, when it turns the face, it doesn’t turn rubik completely. Do you have a comment of that?

    I’m french. Sorry for my english.

  15. ananymous

    I’ve built the Mindcuber, which took three hours, found my old rubiks cube, which took all of three days, but now the program gets stuck on the command, which is one the scree, “Calibrate White” (enter) “Remove cube…”

    • Foton

      You probably start calibrating proces (i think this is done by holding button when program starts).
      To came across the calibration, you need to have Cube with white side solved (all 9 squares) and put it into Mindcuber whit white side on top.
      Program then scan all 9 white squares and then return to “solving” state.

  16. Stefan

    just to say laurens I love the nxt invention guide 2.0 especially the Jeep and lizard.

  17. Jonah

    When I built the mindcuber it worked fine but when it started solving it the cube wouldn’t turn all the way which messed it upp because it kept getting stuck… what’s going on?????

    • Foton

      Tought Rubic cube. Try silicon spray on it. It had to move smoothly, very smoothly.
      I sometimes have to add “helping hand” to finish turn when presenting MindCuber.

  18. anonymous

    Is it possible to build morph without the treads and just use the wheels?

  19. RobotLova

    How do I contact the original owner if they dont have their contact info on the mindstorms website?

  20. charlie

    Is there an NXT-G file for the mind cuber as I have not got the software to open the NXC file an don’t know where to get the software for mac OS X. If you could give me a link or something I would really appreciate it.

    Charlie

  21. eric

    why are the instructionns for the Color Programmable Car so bad?

  22. eric

    i cant have the program for the mindcuber , can you help?

  23. Przemek

    hi
    I build Pinball and I can’t download program on NXT brick?
    “The program is broken. It may be missing required files.”

  24. Stefan

    can someone help when i download the mindcuber program i cant open it so how do i open it and get it?

  25. Guy

    There’s also building instructions for the Segway at: http://www.nxtprograms.com/projects2.html

    • Mauricio

      Hello, Where can i get the building instructions and program Segway, but using a gyroscopic sensor?. I am very interesting in the programing algoritms or flow diagrame.
      Thanks a lot for any suggestions.

  26. Brakespear`

    How do you get the stonehenge sorter to work, as it appears to be a load of custom blocks, which appear broken when I load the program and remain broken even when I open them from the file.

  27. the NeXT adict 1324

    hey um i just built the tripod and try to program it/ download but cant seem to and if you know any website that has the instruction that lets you program the tripod thanks

  28. liamparkin

    hi Laurens im new to mindstorms i got it for Christmas i built the pinball game despite the extra 6 axle i try to download the program into my nxt but it kept wouldn’t work so i went of and did a simple move on the program and downloaded it so im a bit confused

  29. RoBards

    I have LEGO’s MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 8547 FW 1.31, AVR 1.01, BC4 1.01.

    I built 9# MindCuber.

    When I run the program the NXT shows “Remove cube …” whether there is a cube present or not.

    With no cube present at start of program, NXT shows” Remove cube …”.

    If I depress the orange button, displays shows “Calibrate white’ in addition to “Remove cube …”.

    I have tested the ultrasonic sensor in View. The ultrasonic sensor seems to be working properly.

    Minimum achievable distance is 4cm or approximately 2In.

    Any suggestions?

  30. james

    I built the mindcuber the scanning works fine but it the rubix cube gets jammed. It does not complete the cube its really annoying can someone please help me.

  31. bryan

    im tryin to download the software but do not know how to convert rxe’s to the nxt mindstorms 2.0

  32. legomindstormsEV3geek

    I downloaded mindcuber #9 software but cant open it on mac os x need
    help now despret a VIDEO would be great!

    • ryzqnsbq

      do you have the file or nothing at all if you have the zip\file go in to it and copy MindCuber.rxe then go to your program file and paste it in there next go to your lego nxt icon plug in your robot connect it then go to memory in the top of the connection icon and click download and go to your programing file and click MindCuber.rxe and your ready to go just to tell you sometimes peps get afended when i send them this when they dont know who i am my name is ryan and im ten

  33. MindCuber Problem

    hello,

    I have a problem

    MindCuber my scans and then the screen is written:

    Scaning error.

    I’ve tried to calibrate but the same.

    Help!!!!!!!!!

    sorry for my English

  34. person

    how am I suposed to see the programing instructions for the pinball???

  35. loopylaha

    awesome totaly getting these

  36. 0mega769

    I’m having trouble opening the file onto the software and I have tried everything. Please help.

  37. Lego1234

    I cant get to the program for Lottobot. Please help

  38. Oscar

    I can’t go in the instruction of programming the mindcuber. Please help me

  39. Stefan

    I have my mindcuber built and the program is on it but when it runs it always says there is a problem with on of the faces and it never works.
    help me.

  40. Lama-mantis

    I have a problem:
    i cant open the files.
    Can I also download .rbt files or find program instructions? I hope you can help me!
    P.S. I have two books of you: the Discovery Book and the Unofficial LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Inventor’s guide. ( i know, you dont have write the second book, but you are the builder of the robots)

    • Lama-mantis

      ( I cant open the files because i dont have WinZip on my new computer)
      (My english is not the best, as you see, because, look like you, laurens, im from the netherlands. If you want, please give answer in dutch, so i dont must put all your text in google translate)
      Hopefull you can give answer for my problem!

    • Ricky zamora

      You speak very good for a Hollander. If you are using windows, go to your nxt brick file chart thing and where it says browse, find the program file and download. You must put the file in the chart, not in the programming block layout.

  41. mindcuber try...

    I downloaded the rcx. for the mindcuber program but doesnt work… i have triple checked everything but still doesn’t work. any solutions?

  42. bananaman

    how do you use the program 4 the tripod? i have a mac but i dont know how to open the file. i was really disappointed:(

  43. Casper

    i have problems with bonus model 5 i can’t program the robot how can i download him!!!

    ps im a hollander im not very good in inglisch sorry

  44. Casper

    i have problems with bonus model 8 i can’t program the robot how can i download him!!!

    ps im a hollander im not very good in inglisch sorry

  45. Casper

    not 5
    but 8

  46. Awesome Lego Person

    I had a problem with the snatcher that very time it went to pick something up it would seam to get really tight and the arm wouldn’t move, I built and destroyed it 3 times but the same thing happens? Do you know why?

  47. ayush

    my mindcuber isn’t working it keeps saying scan error and I leave it there and try hundeds of times but it still doesn’t work plz help

  48. Christian

    Bei den Programm MindCuber Funktioniert das programm nicht schade.
    Es erscheint die Meldung die datei konnte nicht geöffnet werde……
    Hoffe sie können helfen

  49. nxt lover

    the lego nxt really is the max but know someone help because I have llamas, Stonehenge, the mindcuber and pinball made ​​and they were not working

  50. Bullen

    The link for LottoBot program is broken

  51. Adam

    Hi, does any one know building instructions for a mindstrorms blimp?
    (Just the NXT part for the rest I don’t need help.

  52. andreas

    morph does not work for the dance yellow

  53. andreas

    i love stone hedge. i also really like the discovery book and inventors guide 2.0.and also i am only 9 and i have built all of the discovery book robots and i just started the inventors guide.

  54. bobguy

    for #11 CPC, what cables go where?

  55. Duane Adrian

    Does any one know if you can use a PALM PILOT for a remote for the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0?

    Any help is appreciated..

  56. Bom

    i like Lotto bot

  57. Garrett

    Is there any building instructions for a Lego mindstorms nxt 2.0 claw like the 1.0 version? if there is i would like to know and i would also like to have the building instructions.

    thanks!!

  58. Garrett

    In the Lego book that laurens valk made, how do you get the programs for the ideas???

  59. Garrett

    I have been lately interested in getting a Lego mindstorms rcx but i cant find a place to buy them. i don’t want them from amazon and i don’t want them from eBay.
    thanks!!

  60. CoughCough

    The program for LottoBot doesn’t work. I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the internet. I built it over the course of 5 hours and I don’t want that work to be wasted.
    Help?

  61. TERENCE

    How to program Segway with rider?

  62. Braeden

    Is the NXTitzki controllable or is it just a running program?

  63. maather alshuhaibia

    Hello I am a student from Oman I hope help me to buy e-books related to the robot from Amazon site

  64. maather alshuhaibia

    can you help me to build my robot by sending to you a video shows how I want my robot’s shape

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