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The issue here is that the hole in a Technic brick isn't at exactly the same height as the stud on the side of a System brick. 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 ...


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Added a Ver.2.Oh belowww... Here's the LDD file if you want it. Here's the file for 2nd helpings. Eat up!


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I've come up with five different ways to make a micro security camera that look like your reference image. I'll run through the different methods in the image above from left to right 1 through 5. Far left camera 1 Tile, Round 1 x 1 in black (the lens), Brick, Round 1 x 1 Open Stud in white (camera body), Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle in white (...


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There are two variant of that, which look very similar: Stud.IO lists them as: Brick, Modified 2 x 4 - 1 x 4 with Recessed Studs and Thick Side Arches Brick, Modified 2 x 4 - 1 x 4 with Recessed Studs and Thin Side Arches These can be seen below, thick in red on the left, and thin in blue on the right in the top picture (not a valid colour): The ...


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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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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, and it is ...


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This pieces is indeed hard to find, as it is used in building vehicles but does not have a name that has anything to do with that purpose. It is part number 52038 and is called Brick, Modified 2 x 4 - 1 x 4 with 2 Recessed Studs and Thick Side Arches on Bricklink.


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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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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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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 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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I see what you mean... Friggin' annoying! Can't do it Stud.io Ver 1.0 (157) either. I haven't installed Stud.io 2.0 yet, to see if it's possible in the upgrade. Hmm... You could... Just create a work-a-round that could potentially make your model a little more unique. These program issues are frustrating, but they're fun when they force us to ...


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A popular alternative is stud.io, provided by Bricklink. Another possibility mentioned by Alex in the comments is LDCad.


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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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The caterpillar track and belt are both fixed length pieces. I would recommend the more versatile #57518 'Technic, Link Tread Wide with Two Pin Holes'. The part can be used to make a track as long as long as you like. The tread is compatible with: #57519 - Technic Tread Sprocket Wheel Large #57520 - Technic Tread Sprocket Wheel Small


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The two different number systems are: Element ID: 6-7 digits, uniquely identifies a piece by shape and color Part number: usually 4-5 digits, uniquely identifies a piece shape, stamped on many bricks (Unfortunately an element ID is not simply a few numbers added onto a part number) In LDD regular mode (not extended mode), you can search by both numbers. I ...


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In the comments you asked, ...do you know if it is possible also to work in stud.io with other 3d-files or only with bricks that are pre-integrated? So if i would have designed new bricks could i use them too?... Looks like Brinklink also offers a tweak program to make custom bricks called PartDesigner, that's able to export right into Stud.io. I'...


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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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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 in ...


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First, some notes: LEGO Digital Designer cannot do 3D printing. LDD won't get any new features any time soon, as it is no longer being updated. LXF files contain no part meshes. They only contain information on how to assemble the parts. The actual part data is stored in binary files inside the various LIF files. LDraw files are similarly structured like ...


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The only way to achieve that is to manually build the set in LDD. If you don't want to do it yourself, check the Eurobricks library for sets built in LDD by the LEGO fan community. You can find virtually any set released within the last several years: https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/41226-key-topic-official-lego-sets-made-in-ldd/ ...


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Yes, but only one color choice of light bluish gray is available in the default mode.


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This answer is pretty long and complex, so bear with me. After a couple hours of toying around with LDD, I have finally come up with a design that suits my needs fully within the realm of "traditional" Lego Building techniques. After digging around in the sub-categories in LDD, I stumbled across this block (here). This brick is essentially what made this ...


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Quoting from Lego's LDD page: Sorry. We don’t support LDD version 4.3.10 anymore. If you still use version 4.3.10 you will experience errors when launching the application. You can still use “offline” mode if you wish. We urge you to update, use the download link, and install free application for Windows PC & Mac OSX. There is nothing wrong with your ...


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I think I might have a more elegant solution rather than downgrading to LDD 4.3.11 : You just need to replace "Assets.lif" file in the 4.3.12 installation folder with the same file from 4.3.11 version. I happen to have this file archived here. After you replace the file and restart LDD, all bricks will be available and all your previous creations will open ...


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Yes. I'm using: Version (Program): 4.3.11. Version (Brick): 2670. OS: Windows. Pre Setup: We're using Extended Mode (Black Backsplash) of LDD, so we can have full access to all colors. I have not tested the other two modes, Default (Blue Backsplash) or Mindstorms (White Backsplash). If the model is in Default Mode. No problem. Copy the build to ...


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As Phil B commented - you'd probably be better off with Studio now. This was originally developed by a team at BrickLink, and when they were acquired by The LEGO Group made the following statement: What about Studio and LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) – what will happen with the two digital building experiences since they’re quite similar? The LEGO Group ...


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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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Copy and paste works: Open the model in Extended mode Copy the design Close the model Open a new, empty document in "Standard" (non-Extended) mode Paste the content The bricks that does not exist in Standard mode will not be shown, leaving gaps in the model.


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