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LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:15 am

Early hours of the morning and still messing about with LDD. Such a cool program!

Lets you play with all the LEGO you want, and without losing any of the damn pieces. Although it can be a pain to find the one you're looking for sometimes lol.

Can download it from the LEGO website for nothing, so worth having a mess-about with if you're bored. Here's some things I've built over the last couple days.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:16 am

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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:18 am

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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby ghostlord » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:13 am

That's so cool and I bet Lego will take pro designs and sell them as real life lego packs.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby linny » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:47 am

Wow just Wow going to use that for my children in school they would absolutely just love that just hope the school server wont block it :(
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:49 am

Hey gl, long time mate lol.

You can send anything you make to them via LDD, and provided they have the parts in the colours you've chosen, they will make it for you. Can be pricey though lol. Better to get your parts from a cheaper site.

I'd be honoured if they used anything I made, that wasn't copied from instructions. <innocent face> Haven't actually built anything of my own yet, requires too much brain power. Just copied a few official sets until I have some patience lol. Always wanted to make a huge mechwalker, so that'll probably be my first project.

Hey linny, you're welcome.

Hope they can get it to work, it's a nifty little program. Small installation filesize and the LXF files for saved models are tiny, mere kilobytes lol. The largest so far is 41KB, and that's a pretty big space shuttle with 582 bricks.

Some words of advice though; it pays to have a fairly decent PC and GFX card. Especially when models reach a certain size, it can slow right down when rotating the camera due to the amount of rendered bricks. There are settings in the menu, so have a play to get a happy medium.

It's easier to create single models and save them separately. Then if you make, say a town scene, use "Import Model" and place it where you wanted. Rather than build multiple models in one save. Saves on the PC's resources and helps it run smoother.

There are three different "themes" when using LDD. LDD "standard", LEGO Mindstorms and LDD Extended. I'd say don't use the first two and go straight for Extended. It has pretty much every brick, and the choice to colour it how you want. Whereas standard is all pre-set bricks.

Also it be fussy sometimes when placing certain parts. Occasionally they won't go together due to the programs "snapping" mechanics, but it's fairly rare. Most fit without too much hassle. If something doesn't connect and you're blatantly in the right position, try rotating the camera to a different angle.

Just some things I've noticed while using LDD. Hope it helps.

Should have a go yourself too, it's quite addictive lol.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:00 pm

My first LEGO Star Wars model! A Sith Infiltrator, with Speeder Bike. Couldn't find the Darth Maul face, so made my own custom Sith instead. Sorry, Maul.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby cappilio » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:43 pm

this is excellent if only i had a 3D printer too.

i will be playing with this all night i can imagine
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer

Postby Vibez » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:35 am

cappilio wrote:this is excellent if only i had a 3D printer too.


Would like to see how well one could handle making something like LEGO models, only seen them make things like eggcups and objects like that. Plus, I haven't got a spare £600 to buy one anyway lol. I'd prefer to buy the LEGO pieces and make it myself, much more enjoyable! =D

i will be playing with this all night i can imagine


You probably will, mate. I have been for about three days non-stop now. My poor aching brain lol. All-in-all I've made about 25 models now. Got some awesome builds, all from official sets but they still look cool.

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