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Do any of the multiple LEGO building software supports 'plate between studs' SNOT assembly?

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  • I presume it must be considering it has been rendered on this page. – Ambo100 Nov 23 '11 at 12:37
  • @Ambo100 I'm looking for a virtual building software (like LEGO Digital Designer or LDraw). Your link (even though I didn't know it and it's really cool) seam to be a SNOT technique listing – pcantin Nov 23 '11 at 13:02
  • That's right. I was hoping to find more information on what software was used. All I know for now is that it IS possible. – Ambo100 Nov 23 '11 at 13:03
  • ...or it's Photoshopable :) – pcantin Nov 23 '11 at 13:13
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To build your example in MLCad (LDraw), I needed to switch to "Grid Fine" to move the element into the right alignment:

1x2 between the studs of 2x3 and 2x2 from MLCad Enable "Fine" grid snap setting

A couple of techniques to note when doing this when you finish with the SNOT modeling:

  1. Set the grid back to coarse so that subsequent pieces are back on the grid.
  2. Select a non-SNOT element (in this case the 2x3 or 2x2 plate) before placing the next element - grid alignment and rotation are inherited from the last selected piece, so this gets you back to "normal".

See also Joubarc's renderings for my Heroica Graveyard question, again from LDraw by the looks of things, with the elements are added within the clips or between grills in the radiators:

Heroica Graveyard with grille fence Heroica Graveyard with lattice fence

  • Yes, I did use BrickSmith instead of MLcad, but the same principle of using a fine grid applies. Since neither checks for validity, you can do pretty much whatever you want (including impossible things). – Joubarc Nov 23 '11 at 13:42
  • I'll have to check that out - it looks like a better default renderer. For simple things like this I can't be fussed opening in LeoCad, exporting to .3ds, and then setting up a scene in 3dsMax to render shineys ;) – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Nov 23 '11 at 13:48
  • Hmm, scrub that, it's Mac based ;) – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Nov 23 '11 at 14:29
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    Actually, BrickSmith is a LDraw editor only. I did the rendering with LDview which appears to have a windows version too. – Joubarc Nov 23 '11 at 14:44
  • Yep, I've played around with LDView - most of my models on here are just screen grabs straight from MLCad. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Nov 23 '11 at 15:52

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