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Daniele Benedettelli – LEGO® Technic Design

Daniele Benedettelli is a robotics engineer, known worldwide for his LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics creations. His Youtube channel counts more than 8 million views, and his robots has been demonstrated in several events and conferences, shown in TV shows (including RAI, SAT.1, National Geographic) all over the world since 2007.


From 2006 to 2012 he collaborated with The LEGO Company as consultant and programmer to develop the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT e EV3 products for educational robotics.

He wrote five books on educational robotics:

·         Creating Cool LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robots (Apress, 2008) includes JohnNXT, a replica of the robot star from the 1986 movie “Short Circuit”;

·         LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots (No Starch Press, 2009)includes building instructions for a simplified version of the world-famous Rubik’s cube solver robot LEGO RUBIK UTOPIA.

·         The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory (No Starch Press, 2013) has become de facto a standard book to learn robotics using LEGO, selling more than 20000 copies and being translated in German, Korean, Polish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

·         The LEGO BOOST Activity Book (No Starch Press, 2019), a step by step guide to building and programming robots with the LEGO BOOST set 17101

·         The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Activity Book (No Starch Press, 2021), a guide to building and programming robots with the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor set 51515, including a transformer robot, a pinball machine and a 3/4-sized playable guitar

His LEGO portfolio includes autonomous robots, control systems, AI-enabled unsupervised learning robots, industrial plants models; LEGO RUBIK UTOPIA, the first LEGO MINDSTORMS robot that could solve a 3×3 Rubik’s cube in less than a minute (2007); LEGONARDO, an half-bust automaton that can draw live portraits (2009); Cyclops, a complex robot that can walk, gesticulate, talk, act, understand speech and interact with people, furthermore remote controllable using an upper-body LEGO exoskeleton (2011); Duck Maker,a duck robot that can replicate itself, laying eggs containing ever-different chicks built with 6 LEGO bricks (2014). Since 2018, he started building purely mechanical LEGO automata: one can play a tune on a glockenspiel, and others can perform magic tricks.

LEGO Present

Daniele works as a freelance LEGO designer, making models on commission for international education companies that hold summer camps, extra-scholastic courses and laboratories (Bricks4Kidz, BrainVyne, Create & Learn and others). For international companies and research institutions (Elettric80, CEA LIST, Hermes Reply, ABB Robotics) he realized detailed working scale models of automatic industrial plants: LEGO Car Factory (for CEA LIST, 2015), a desktop scale model of a car factory, used as a test bench for the Papyrus software; LEGO Car Factory (for Hermes Reply, 2016); a set of LEGO peripherals to integrate with a real PLC and robot in a robotic cell model that simulates the metal stamping process (ABB Robotics, 2016).

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LEGO Future

We look forward to working with Daniele on the Playwell Bricks Team, to create some amazing designs for our clients! With his robotics, automaton and technic expertise, we know we can do some awe inspiring designs together.

If you wish to have a custom LEGO design done by Daniele Benedettelli, please contact us.

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