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I believe that the issue here stems from the fact that Technic bricks and System bricks are not 100% compatible. Here's a slide from a great presentation which explains the details: This difference is barely noticable when building, especially in your scenario because the hinge adds some additional play, but I believe that LDD won't allow these to connect ...


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The LXFML file is an XML document, and there's an XSD document that you can use to validate any LXFML file, along with a textual description of the tags on the LUGNet forums supplied by the LDD Team a few years ago: LXF files - info and XML schema The key parts of the LXFML you're going to be interested in start with the <Scene> element, which ...


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There are no set limits for the quantity of bricks you can place in Lego Digital Designer. The limit on the amount of pieces you can use is entirely dependent on the specifications of your computer. You may find performance will be affected not only by the quantity of bricks placed, but the complexity of the geometry used. Metallic and transparent coloured ...


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You probably want Lego Digital Designer: http://ldd.lego.com/ Once you have the .lxf file open, you'll want to select View -> Building Guide Mode from the menu. This should give you step by step building instructions.


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The top piece shown here is the LEGO Ball Joint with Ball Socket (74261 / 98613) connected to a LEGO Brick 2 x 2 with Ball Socket and Axlehole (Wide Socket) (92013).


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As someone who also argues with LDD occasionally, have you tried using a placeholder technic beam to get two connectors at the right distance and then adding the axle into both connectors before deleting the placeholders? If the placeholders are in a different colour from the rest of the model, you could use as many as you need and then delete them with the ...


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There are several editors which are based on the open LDraw part database. I believe that the most popular are MLCAD and LeoCAD. I personally use LDD, so I can't speak to the quality of the instruction generation from these tools, but they do at least offer the ability to create instructions. LeoCAD is probably your best bet for doing animations, but I ...


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This in not a LDView problem, but a conversion issue between LDD and LDraw. Only parts present in both libraries will be displayed. Moreover, the file (ldraw.xml) that defines the correspondance between parts of both systems must be up to date. Latest version of this mapping file is available here.


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The Eurobricks forum has a topic dedicated to user created LDD files of existing LEGO sets. There are currently four different versions of the #10179 Millennium Falcon made by different users: yellost (23 August 2010) bbqqq (12 November 2010) Calabar (20 October 2012) kcoon (16 December 2013) There is also a topic for official LEGO sets re-created ...


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18677 IS in latest LDD update (mid march 2016), issued after announcement of LDD end of support... Just make sure to be in LDD Extended mode to find it, along with other plates.


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LDD is a closed world where people can't add its own parts. If you want to create Duplo building instructions you should use LDraw that has many Duplo parts in its library, and allows you to create the missing ones if needed.


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There's a fairly in-depth discussion on the Eurobricks Digital Designer Forum in the post Understanding LDDs LFXML Schema, where the transformation element is defined as: Transformation contains 12 comma separated double precision floating point values that represent the first three columns of a 3d transformation matrix and are thus able to handle any ...


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Although lxf files must be loaded with LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), it's not always the case that lxf files are loaded correct/completely with LDD. This because the fact that LDD uses a database where the parts are stored, but it doesn't contain all parts and the database changes from time to time. When trying to load older files, you have about 100% ...


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LDD uses exact numbers, where as in real life ABS and polycarbonate have some give or flexibility that a computer program can't factor in. There are many documents about LEGO part stress that explain what a "legal" vs "illegal" build is. Any illegal build will not work in LDD. I break the rules all the time too, but LDD is looking at it from a pure math ...


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No. It is not possible to add printed tiles in LDD. The closest you can get is just putting plates into the design and adding stickers.


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Not exactly an answer to the question, more an answer to the tile of the question: For a much more lightweight alternative, check out the new LEGO designer from google. http://www.buildwithchrome.com/ It only works in Goolge's Chrome browser as it is essentially an experiment to show off Chrome's WebGL capabilities. There is no download as it is ...


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I slid the Technic frame over an axle instead of a pin to see how far it would go. As shown in the picture below, it appears as if the part is too big to fit all the way because the rim (shown level with the red line) is too thick. LDD runs a basic collision detection to ensure that no parts overlap. In real life, certain combinations of parts are ...


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I think this has to do with the fact that part 18677 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Bottom is a new part (has only been in production since 2015) whereas its counterpart 11458 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top has been around since 2013. Couple that with the fact that LEGO recently announced the end of maintenance for LEGO Digital Designer ...


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I agree with SMS von der Tann... I'd upgrade LDD to 4.3.9 and the turn plates 2x2 ARE NOT in any category anymore (I seek it everywhere more than twice). My solution was to save a 2x2 turn plate, from another LDD model I made before upgrading, to the templates and then re-use it when I need. Regards


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Copy and paste works, but some parts from extended may not exist in non-extended, so those will be missing.


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You'll find them in the hinge parts category (next to minifig one) under the name "Turn Plate 2x2", number 3679 / 3680. Brickset uses LEGO names for parts, this can help finding them in LDD


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If you have a LEGO Digital Designer file (.lxf) and want to convert that to an LDraw compatible format so that LDraw-based tools such as Bricksmith can read it, your best bet is to use LDD's Export functionality to save your file as a .ldr file. The full details on this procedure are located here. This post covers both LDraw to LDD as well as LDD to LDraw ...


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Here's a great program that takes an LDD file and makes it an .xml file: http://www.nolberger.se/lego/wantedbricks/ From there you can copy the text and paste it into your bricklink wanted list.


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I have found the problem: My "AppData/Roaming/LEGO Company"-folder somehow seemed to be a symbolic link to a non-existent folder. It did not help reinstalling the application, but I fixed the link issue -- which in the end fixed the whole not-rendering-problem. However, thank you very much for your answers


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I recommend you uninstall the current LDD software completely. You can download a 30 day trial of Revo Uninstaller to remove LDD using the 'Forced Uninstall' feature. It's good for removing partially installed software, but it isn't necessary, you can use the Uninstaller built into your operating system to do a standard uninstallation. Download the most ...


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Short answer is no. Maybe they will add it in the future, though.


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Note that LEGO Digital Designer can also show you building steps, but the results have been known to be a little odd. I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here: Can I export models from LEGO Digital Designer as LDraw files? Yes, although you will probably need to update the LDraw.xml file that LDD uses to export the parts. Once you've completed your ...


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There is also another solution called Mecabricks which is online based and works with WebGL. Therefore, you only need a browser to start building or check the 3D models already published by the other builders. However it is not compatible with LDD or Ldraw and part library is different and doesn't include as much parts as the others yet.


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SR 3D builder is another good alternative I like to use, it uses the Ldraw parts library, but has a more intuitive connection system than MLCad, without the connection restrictions LDD has. I don't know that SR 3D builder supports mac, but I believe it fits your other requirements nicely.



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