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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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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 being ...
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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 Design, 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?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 real-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...