The Lego Digital Designer CAD software was developed and published by The LEGO Group from 2004-2016.

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Why can't I reproduce this SD card box in LDD?

I've built an SD card box a few years ago. Now I am trying to reproduce it in Lego Digital Designer. However when I tried to reproduce the closed version, LDD refuses to snap it in place. In ...
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Explaination of LXFML file contents

I am interested in writing a game that interprets LXF files into worlds (to create a game such as Lego Universe). After finding out how to extract the LXFML file from the LXF archive, I need to know ...
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Is there an easier way of threading Technic pins into other elements?

I've been using Lego Digital Designer to recreate a few models I've built in real life. One model in particular uses many Technic axles which need to be inserted fully into other Technic bricks (like ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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Why is my LDD model incomplete after I export it to LDraw?

I have an LDD model that I exported to an LDraw file. When I opened it in LDView, only part of it was displayed. It looks like some parts were not exported properly. Is it normal? Why does it happen?
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Building instructions from an LXF file

I've downloaded an LXF file from rebrickable.com. Which software do I need (for Windows and/or Linux) to get the building instructions based on the LXF file?
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What ball-joint cup piece or configuration of pieces is shown in this render?

What is the name of this particular ball-cup, or piece combination that forms the thigh component circled below? I have been unable to identify the gray cup piece when comparing it to other parts in ...
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Can anyone explain the transformation information within a Lego Digital Designer LXF file?

I've been taking a look at the structure of the LDD files recently to see if it's feasible to create a plugin for 3D studio max that allows you to directly open LXF files for higher quality rendering.....
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What is the brick limit in LDD?

What is the brick limit for Lego Digital Designer? I got to 12k once, but I usually have it crash at around 9k. Does Lego Corp. have any info on this?
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Is it possible to use DUPLO bricks in LDD?

Is there a way to import DUPLO bricks to Lego Digital Designer? Or is there another way to make DUPLO build instructions?
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How to convert a model from Lego Digital Designer Extended into non-Extended?

Q: How do I figure out which pieces in my model are "illegal?" I'm using Lego Digital Designer. My Lego model I've designed uses parts that don't exist. This is a bummer because I am trying to ...
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LEGO Digital Designer is unable to connect to the Internet [closed]

I just installed LEGO Digital Designer on my Macbook Pro running OS X (10.8.2). Every time I start up the application, it immediately displays a dialog box stating "Internet access failed" as you can ...
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Is there a step-by-step guide to extracting a parts list from LDD to bricklink?

I'd like to build a model I have in LDD, but i don't know how to get my parts list (I exported BOM) into bricklink. I know there is rebrickable, but I don't see an option to import either .lxf or ....
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LDD Seems to be missing a piece

So I'm trying to make an alternate version of the UCS Tie Fighter. I'm following the official instructions downloaded from the LEGO site, and I've come in to a problem. This piece, seen here (ID: ...
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Is there an .lxf file resource of production Lego sets?

Is there an .lxf file resource site of production Lego sets? Specifically, I am looking for the Millennium Falcon 10179 lxf file, to load into Lego Digital Designer.
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Why can't I combine a EV3 Motor with a Technic frame in LDD?

It is easy and stress-free to attach a frame to a large motor in a vertical or horizontal manner as shown in the picture in real life. But I can't do the vertical version inside LDD. Anyone knows why? ...
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Lego Digital Designer on OS X El Capitan?

Since the El Capitan 10.11.2 upgrade some options are gone in Lego Digital Designer. In the Preferences menu the "Outlines of bricks" and "Advanced shading" are options unselectable. The annoying ...
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Where are the 2 by 2 turntables in LDD?

I just updated to LDD to 4.3.9 today and I can't find the 2 by 2 turntable pieces. What section are they under now?
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How to use printed bricks from set 850425 into LDD?

I would like to know if it is possible to use the printed tiles (those with letters) from the 850425 set into the Lego Digital Designer (LDD)? And if it is possible, the next question is "how" of ...
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Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer?

Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer? Is there a collection of simple examples for my youngsters. I was thinking of: houses, small animals, simple airplane, simple car, tree, ....
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How can I control the building instructions generated in LDD? [duplicate]

Is it possible to control the building instructions in LDD? Specifically, I'd like to make sure that every step stands on its own without falling apart on my build. If not, is there any software I ...
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How do I convert an .lxf file to an LDraw file for bricksmith on Mac?

How do I open an .lxf file in LDraw's Bricksmith on a Mac?
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LDD not rendering

I've dug out the LDD application I found on an older hard drive. It seems however, that it has problems rendering the bricks and models: I am running LDD 4.3.8 on Windows7 Ultimate (64Bit) with ...
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Extract Bricklink or Brickowl parts list from LDD (on OS X)

I've got some models .lxf and I'd like to order the parts. Is there a way to extract that information from LDD on OS X? All the solutions I have seen so far go via a Windows application.