Separating bricks? Cleaning parts? What should you use to do this without damaging your elements. This can also cover software tools used for cataloguing or designing.

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What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them?

Teeth and pliers tend to leave unsightly marks on the bricks. Fingernails don't work too well. What tool do you recommend to separate them?
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LEGO cleaning techniques and tools

Previously I've used toothbrushes but maybe these would eventually scratch the surface? What have you used? And was it easy? As well as cleaning, what about drying and buffing? Anyone tried polishing ...
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Do tools exist to help me translate a real world object to a LEGO design?

It can be a big challenge to create a design for a large object. Are there techniques or tools to simplify this, and to help estimate numbers of blocks required?
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How can I easily remove a jumper plate without a brick separator?

How can I easily remove a jumper plate? I find a it very difficult to remove this kind of brick with a brick separator.
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Can an axle be removed from this 'brick paradox'?

This blogpost on Technic Bricks briefly explains a few 'brick paradoxes' or dead ends. This particular model seems impossible to disassemble by hand: How can I remove the axle without ...
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How do I remove a racing helmet from a garbage can?

We have a red Lego racing helmet that has become wedged with its round side up in a 2 handled Lego garbage can. I cannot access any of the visor indentations, the face slot or the neck circle. I tried ...
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Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?

I'm looking for a desktop application that keeps track of sets and pieces owned. Ideally something that would look up LEGO databases such as Peeron or others in order to add the pieces in a set ...
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How should I remove a Hinge Tile, especially in the middle of a plate?

I've recently had some trouble removing a 1x4 hinge tile from the middle of a plate: Even when they are on the edge of the plate there isn't a lot of areas you can use to gain the traction to ...
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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How do I create manuals in the same style as Lego instruction manuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals? I want to create my own manuals, but I want them to look and feel like actual Lego instruction ...
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Tips to separate lego bricks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them? what are some of the cheap methods that does not require and special tools like the lego separator are used ...