The Lego Digital Designer is ideal for this job. Avalible for Mac and PC it allows you to build models from scatch, order them, and get them delivered. Or, if you've got the bits already it can make instructions for you. It has a range of technic items (see image below).
Importing a model will also enable you to view the part number and details which could ...
I tried LDD at first, but frankly, the order in which it adds the parts is often quite nonsensical:
I also tried a bunch of other tools, some of which are mentioned elsewhere on this page, with mixed results.
So what I ended up using, with great success, is LIC (LEGO Instruction Creator). It's beta, somewhat buggy, and for all I can see it was written by ...
Yes there is! Rebrickable.com is dedicated entirely to doing so. You can save time and import your LEGO collection from Brickset.com (If you have an account). The site will then search for other sets and MOCs you can build from the bricks you have in your collection.
Here is an approximation of the bridge that appears on the cover of the catalog pictured above. Unlike the version in the picture, this model uses bracket pieces to attach the arched section to the rail bed. All the pieces in this build were available prior to 1994.
The arches are decorative and do not really contribute to the strength of the bridge. This ...
These sites are absolutely marvellous:
Let's Build It Again - this has user submissions too
BrickFactory - if you can't find it on here, then it can't exist
WorldBricks - looks to be another cracking resource
(Having just spent some time looking through these, I just don't know why I hadn't tried looking for this stuff before.)
See AlternativeTo's list.
LEGO Digital Designer (official; most popular)
LDraw (2nd most popular)
You can do all this in Google Sketchup with SketchyPhysics simulation, of course! And the pieces are easier to fit in, and GS is generally more flexible and easier to use, unlike LDD. The disadvantage is, you don't get LDD's Building ...
My 7190 Millennium Falcon kit has a mistake where the inventory for the page doesn't include two pieces on it. So, invariably, when I'm building it I forget to include those two pieces, and they are left over until the very end, at which point I have to follow this process:
Flip backwards through the booklet to find the page that last added ...
If you want to know if you can build a certain set with the parts you have, you can have a look at set inventories on Peeron or BrickLink
You can also even enter a list of your own parts on Peeron and have it check it against existing sets, thus letting you know what you can build, or what you need to buy to build the set you want.
These are instructions from "LEGO Books - Idea Book #1 or 221", that was released in 1973.
YouTuber BrickTsar uploaded his entire childhood book HERE.
Similar to the LEGO Idea books I had as a kid in the late 80's, these types of books were made with multiple sets in mind.
So, there isn't a focus on one specific set. The focus was you nagging your ...
After emailing back and forth with LEGO, I think I have an acceptable answer:
BI 3005/48 - 7594 V 110 2/2 - Download size: 5.94 Mb
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Stands for Building Instructions
A number for internal usage by different LEGO teams.
You'll see that many different ...
For physical manuals, I personally like to use clear presentation sheet protectors similar to the ones that @BradC mentioned. Regarding organization, I place the ones that I refer to frequently in some binders, sorted by theme, while sets that I don't use as much go into a set of hanging file folders.
If you don't mind electronic storage, you could download ...
LPub is a program that allows you to produces step by step instructions for models. It's an alternative to the built-in Building Guide Mode featured in Lego Digital Designer which produces a set of instructions automatically (although not necessarily in the most logical way).
LDD model instructions can be created in LPub provided that the parts in the ...
LEGO have made mistakes several times in the past and will continue to do so, (as is the norm for a toy manufacturer of it's scale.)
I can only speculate that the best way to ensure instructions are correct would be to build the model. Following the instruction as you build you're able to pick up more than just missed steps.
You probably want Lego Digital Designer:
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.
I rebuilt the model as best as I could in Lego Digital Designer using only parts from that particular set.
There were a few parts where I couldn't actually find a piece in that set so I used a replacement part that exists in the set.
PDF Instructions + Part List
As TheBrickBlogger said, you need to wait:
Even contacted their customer support and the reply was:
I don't think those are every available publicly
Not unless you are an employee
And after insisting repeatedly, answer from seniors was:
So they confirmed they would not be available. Sorry!
Update: rebrickable have full detail of all ...
You should look at LPub4. This is an OpenSource (GPL) tool that can create high quality instructions from LDRAW compatible files. It runs on Windows and OS X and with my patches on Linux as well.
Note that the LDD license states "Any commercial use of the software is strictly prohibited" so keep that in mind if you are intending to do anything commercial ...
How lego does it today.
I found little information about Autodesk Maya being the 3D modeling software being used. Here`s a blurb about their current design process :
Primary concept and development work takes place at the Billund
headquarters, where the company employs approximately 120 designers.
The company also has smaller design offices in the ...
There are quite a few individual sites out there offering that sort of thing, however one of the best I've come across is:
The MOC pages on Rebrickable.com
This is because the site allows you to catalogue all your parts and then search for other sets and MOCs you can build with your existing collection.
Bricklink lists it as
Technic, Axle 5.5 with stop
The blue number is the length of the axle. It is mentioned in the part list to distinguish axles of different lengths in a set.
In this case, the length is 5.5, so yes, it is written as 5,5 because of the locale.
Here are the PDFs donated by Friend Of George. Here are the unit catalog PDFs.
The starter kit for each pod has an inventory list, a set of cards containing units which can be built, and a set of X-TRA cards. The cards and inventory list can be printed on card stock for better durability.
The Advanced Rules contain additional rules and Advanced X-TRA ...
Depending on what you have, your best bet is probably to re-build each set, and sell them as complete. Try BrickLink if you're not in a hurry to sell. You can see how much sets are selling for, and price yours accordingly. You can list them until they sell, and they only charge a small percentage when the items sell. If you want fast cash, sell them on ...
Yes, there is LXFML - which is if you like an "offical" XML format for LEGO models - in that it's produced and maintained by The LEGO Group.
The .LXF format used by LEGO Digital Designer is a compressed archive containing a thumbnail in .png format and a model definition file in LFXML.
As I noted in the answer to that question, the LDD team have shared ...
It really depends on what you mean by "accurate." Most (probably 90% or more) of Mega Bloks elements have identical, or at least functionally identical, LEGO elements. However, there are a number of Mega Bloks elements that you can only approximate with LEGO elements. For example, Mega Bloks hinges rotate around the center of mass ...
I found here a link to the LEGO website on archive.org with the X-Pod playoff section intact.
The download links for the rules and starter kits still seem to work.
The units catalog is slightly broken, but I was still able to print all of the unit catalogs into PDF format using PDFCreator. For them to print correctly, click on the Advanced Rules tab, ...
If you have an Android device, the app Lego Scans is also very convenient.
Ever lost a LEGO® scan or you maybe want to take a trip down memory lane?
This app enables you to browse through 4000 LEGO® scans by box number or by theme.
You can choose to save the scan image files to your SD card for offline viewing! This also enables you to view the scan ...