Some doubts have been raised more than once, here at TBs (, ), regarding the future of LEGO pneumatics, after the release of upcoming TECHNIC Linear Actuators.
I've been addressing some questions to TLG, through the forum from Portuguese Comunidade0937 and actual Portuguese LEGO Ambassador (Tânia Baixinho).
Actually I've already created a similar section at PLUG's forum (my native forum and LUG) in collaboration with another LEGO ambassador.
These questions are usually answered by Jan Beyer (Project Manager, LEGO Community Development).
One of the last questions was,
"New TECHNIC Linear Actuator vs Pneumatic Cylinder
Jan, which was the LEGO goal by designing the upcoming TECHNIC Linear Actuator, that we will see for example in the new Excavator (8294)?
Develop a new part, to add functionality and new possibilities or does it aims to replace the Pneumatic Cylinders role, at TECHNIC sets?"
For which Jan, answered with the following,
"It adds new possibilities and better functionality but it does not replace the Pneumatic!"
So it seems we could remain confident, these won't be the end of LEGO TECHNIC pneumatics.
... and hopefully won't be also the end of some new developments in the area (just my wish). :P
Despite the info already stated above, more or less at the same time I added this question into the new 'Ask a designer' section from TECHNIC webpage at lego.com.
Now it was my turn to see one of the questions that I submitted, answered by the TECHNIC team. ;)
Naturally the answer is the same, but here I transcribe, both the question and respective answer, for you.
"Which was the LEGO goal by designing the upcoming TECHNIC Linear Actuator, that we see for example in the new Excavator (8294)? Develop a new part, to add functionality and new possibilities or does it aim to replace the Pneumatic Cylinders role in TECHNIC sets?
The goal we set for the new linear Actuator was to be able to add new functions and possibilities together with the new Power Functions system. On top of that we also designed it so it can be used to add functions in models that do not include motors. It is not the idea that it should replace any of the pneumatic cylinders :-)"
See it also here, while it doesn't get too deep in the list... ;)
Last Update: 2008.Jun.13 13:48 GMT