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

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2 Questions, 1: LDD V4.3.12 not connecting to internet 2: I can't find any EV3 electric parts [duplicate]

(I'm new to LDD) Hi, I'm trying to use LDD for designing a robot for my Lego Robotics Class. It's just whenever I launch LDD, it just keeps saying that I'm not connected to internet and asking if I ...
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I can't build gear on Digital Desinger [duplicate]

I'm new to this program and I can't put a gear in place. I'm trying to build a worm gear but it doesn't work.
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is it possible to change the controls in Lego Digital Designer?

I am wondering if it is possible to change the controls in LEGO Digital designer? Because I would like to change the "D" button on my keyboard to "rotate to the right" instead of &...
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How to resolve Studio's "unavailable color" warning for EV3 motors and sensors?

I have recently switched to Studio from Lego Digital Designer for designing EV3 robots and other mechanisms. It's a great program, but the color palette is driving me crazy. I want to add Lego EV3 ...
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Looking for a way to convert a 3D model I found online into an LDD model (or related software)

I was recently viewing bricklink.com's user gallery and I found a design that I would like to recreate. I know the exact pieces that I need for the design (about 5000), but there are no detailed ...
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What version of Lego Digital Designer has all the parts that LEGO ever added?

I would like to know what version of Lego Digital Designer has all the parts that the Lego company has ever added to the program, before the program was discontinued. I was able to find more parts ...
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What components can be decorated in LDD?

I was recently working on a UCS Republic Gunship MOC and was wondering what pieces are the best ones to decorate. Meaning, I would like to put in tiles with prints to look like the Republic Insignia ...
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LDD Update Date? [duplicate]

I was wondering the other day - When was LDD last updated and when, if ever, are they (TLG) planning to do another piece update?
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LDD part library missing [duplicate]

I have deleted the LDD part database (part library) by mistake. As many of you know, LDD can no longer run in online mode, which means it can't update itself. Is there any possibility to download ...
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Connectivity graph for a digital model

I'm looking for a way to take a digital representation of a model (e.g. an LDD or LDraw file) and extract from it a representation of the model that describes which pieces are actually connected to ...
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Has anyone noticed paint tool buttons missing? [duplicate]

In LDD version 4.3.10 I have found the four paint tool buttons to be missing. I searched online and haven't found anyone else with the same question, and the user's manual was no help. Then just ...
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LDD lacks almost all functionality

I have installed LDD on my Windows 10 today, and after installing the application it automatically opened up. But I realized that when using the Desktop shortcut, the app can't be found. Here's the ...
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Current LEGO Digital Designer download is missing a lot of parts [duplicate]

The current LDD download is missing a lot of bricks that were in version 1.3.11 before. Such as, but not limited to: EV3 motors, sensors and the main EV3 brick. Does anyone have a solution/download ...
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Identify this license plate holder piece

Please tell me the name of this piece. I've been looking for it for hours on LDD and have tried searching for it with many names. I know that you use it for cars and it's a very common piece too. ...
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How to eliminate a gap of an offset in a corner

So I need to build a layer with offset bricks, which I have managed to figure out. However, the corner is a problem. The dark bricks in my pic need to be in that position. How do I fill the gap ...
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How To Make a Small Security Camera?

I’m looking to make a wall mounted security camera in LDD to mimic this one: https://icdn5.digitaltrends.com/image/digitaltrends/swann-4k-9f-768x479-c.jpg Any clever ideas? It needs to be angled down ...
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What kind of software can I use to design LEGO MOCs?

What kind of software can I use to design LEGO MOCs? I hear the LDD is not so good to use so is there alternative software I can use?
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Coloring Multiple Bricks in LEGO Digital Draw

I made the mistake of not coloring as I went while building a large object in LEGO Digital Designer. I don't want to spend hours coloring each individual brick. Is there a way I can box select the ...
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Where is the 15068 PLATE W. BOW 2X2X2/3 in LDD?

I can't seem to find this piece in ldd, and it's a very common piece. I'm using the extended version. where is it?
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EV3-specific bricks missing from Lego Digital Designer 4.3.11 (Win)?

I have LDD on my Mac and have used it to create EV3 models (like an FLL robot, or a Lego dot-matrix printer). Recently, I purchased a cheap Windows laptop for use by a FLL team. After twice ...
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LEGO Digital Designer does not to connect to the Internet on Win10 laptop

I just installed on a MSI laptop running Windows 10 Ver. 1803 with a gigabyte internet connection (960mps upload 950mps download). Every time I start up the application, it immediately displays a ...
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How do I get unlimited color options on LDD?

The title says it all. I believe there is an unlimited option? I just want to use it to make digital models.
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Building techniques for designing a LEGO City Street scene?

As the question suggests... I'm trying to build a city street in "midiscale" similar to that of Hong Kong, but I have no idea on where to even begin with something like this. This project is ...
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Is there a way to convert stud.io files into LDD files?

Is there a way to download stud.io files from Bricklink and convert them into a format that Lego Digital Designer understands?
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Is there any software except SR 3D Builder with the ability to simulate the interaction of gears that doesn't require scripting?

I'm aware that one can do that in LDCad but with scripting. Should I invest my time in learning SR 3D Builder or is there any other option? It's just not a very intuitive software for me but I might ...
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Mecha Rail Launchpad Building techniques?

Another mecha question, but this time, at least I think, is not so intense as my last question. I've decided to take my biggest and most ambitious LEGO project yet, a custom MOC of a Pacific Rim ...
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Building advice for "hunched" mech lower torso design?

Another mech based question, let me clean up as best I can... So, in LDD, I'm working on an Evangelion Unit from the popular manga and anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and have decided to build EVA ...
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How to place minifigure legs into normal LDD bricks, like a 1x2 brick?

Let me clear up the confusion surrounding this question to the best of my abilities I'm currently in the final steps of finishing of a mech project I started some time back, finishing now at the ...
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Does LEGO Digital Designer include part 4539880?

Does anyone know if LEGO Digital Designer includes the part 4539880 (often used for housing differentials) ?
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LEGO Digital Designer Part Numbers

When I go through these LEGO kit instructions (as an example) https://shop.lego.com/en-CA/Telehandler-42061 I get the list of all parts and part numbers at the end of the PDF pages: None of the ...
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Can I import existing Lego kits into LEGO Digital Designer?

Is there any way to import existing LEGO kits into LDD (LEGO Digital Designer)? For example, I like to have this set in the LDD and https://shop.lego.com/en-US/Compact-Tracked-Loader-42032 I know I ...
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Source of LDD models

I have just begun using LDD and want to teach my grandchild. Is there a community inventory of some kind of LDD models that people share?
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Where can I find this piece in LDD V4.3.11?

I am building a mech in LDD V4.3.11 and I need this piece for the head sculpt of the mech. I can't find it anywhere in the toolbox, with and without using the search box above. Where can I find this ...
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Where is this piece in LDD?

I'm looking for a certain piece for building my set in LDD. I've already looked through the extend theme, but I can't find it. If anyone knows where to find it, it would be super cool.
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Determine assembly steps from LXF file

I’d like to build a MOC of a Technic vehicle that was posted online using the provided LXF file of the completed model. I was able to open the LXF file with both Bricksmith and Stud.io, but, as far ...
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What part in LEGO digital designer can be used for a tank track?

I'm using LEGO digital designer to model a LEGO tank. I don't seem to find parts that can be used to make the tank track and the inside wheels; I found a "caterpillar belt" but no wheels that can fit ...
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Centering on Stud.io (design software)

I'm trying out Stud.io for the first time and I am unsure how to centre a part I want. I am used to just right clicking on the part to centre it on screen in LEGO Digital Designer, but this won't ...
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How can I use the Flex Tool easily on LDD?

On LEGO Digital Designer, I find it very hard to move the piece being flexed to the correct position. Are there any tips or musts that I should try to help me flex it into clips etc.?
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Any tips for aligning gears in LDD?

I'm trying to create the 42052 (Heavy Lift Helicopter), and other Technic sets. Aligning gears' teeth is relatively difficult, and the 'Hinge Align' tool rarely works. Please help!
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3D printing LDD model

I want to 3D print my LEGO models (.lxf file type). How do you do it? Do you export it to a specific file type (there are LXFML, LDraw, and LXFML4 besides LXF) then import into a 3D modeller? Or is ...
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How to connect chain links in LDD to make tank tracks

I need help trying to connect chain links (in LDD) around a set of idlers and drive wheels. This is to be used on a tank design, and therefore is not using actual chain. It is using "Chain Link m=1" ...
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Lego Digital Designer: Having Gears Interact with Toothed Bar

I just started using LDD, and I have been trying out a few things that I couldn't do with the limitations of my Lego collection. One thing that has me caught up is that I can't seem to get the ...
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How would one add custom made 3rd party pieces to LEGO Digital Designer?

There are a number of producers of custom LEGO compatible pieces, how would one add such a custom piece to the LDD software, or otherwise make use of them?
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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.
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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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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 convert a model from "LEGO Digital Designer" Extended into non-Extended?

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 buy the parts to realize my design in actual, physical LEGO bricks! 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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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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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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