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 ...
The LXFML file is an XML document, and there's an XSD document that you can use to validate any LXFML file, along with a textual description of the tags on the LUGNet forums supplied by the LDD Team a few years ago:
LXF files - info and XML schema
The key parts of the LXFML you're going to be interested in start with the <Scene> element, which ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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/
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 ...
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 ...
There's a fairly in-depth discussion on the Eurobricks Digital Designer Forum in the post Understanding LDDs LFXML Schema, where the transformation element is defined as:
Transformation contains 12 comma separated double precision floating point values that represent the first three columns of a 3d transformation matrix and are thus able to handle any ...
Not exactly an answer to the question, more an answer to the tile of the question:
For a much more lightweight alternative, check out the new LEGO designer from google.
It only works in Goolge's Chrome browser as it is essentially an experiment to show off Chrome's WebGL capabilities.
There is no download as it is ...
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 ...
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.
LDD is a design solution for static models. It is not a functional simulation tool. The gears turn with the crank handle if they are associated to the same group, but that is only because the gears, the axle and the handle share the same rotation point. The toothed bar does not share that same rotation point (and is likely not part of your "group" that ...
Eurobricks has a very large list of official LEGO sets recreated in LDD by community members. I found it extremely useful. Look through the list and search for sets by set number and/or name: https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/41226-key-topic-official-lego-sets-made-in-ldd/
If you have a LEGO Digital Designer file (.lxf) and want to convert that to an LDraw compatible format so that LDraw-based tools such as Bricksmith can read it, your best bet is to use LDD's Export functionality to save your file as a .ldr file. The full details on this procedure are located here.
This post covers both LDraw to LDD as well as LDD to LDraw ...
Although lxf files must be loaded with LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), it's not always the case that lxf files are loaded correct/completely with LDD. This because the fact that LDD uses a database where the parts are stored, but it doesn't contain all parts and the database changes from time to time. When trying to load older files, you have about 100% ...
I think this has to do with the fact that part 18677 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Bottom is a new part (has only been in production since 2015) whereas its counterpart 11458 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top has been around since 2013. Couple that with the fact that LEGO recently announced the end of maintenance for LEGO Digital Designer (...