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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

I found a few ways to convert a 3D model into a Lego sculpture. The first is a program called Dolphin Brickr. It works very well, as you can see in this image of Yoshi: The downside to this program ...
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

The Lego Movie Complete B-ROLL (2014) footage briefly shows that the animator is using Autodesk Softimage 2012 (at about 8:57) to move the limbs of a digital minifigure. 10 minutes in to the video ...
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Do I really need to sign into Stud.io?

The sign-in is to enable cloud saves, build with friends, wanted list export, upload to the Studio Gallery, shopping integration features like price lookup, and probably some other features I haven't ...
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

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 ...
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I'm looking for a good LEGO Modeling Program

The most commonly used one is Lego Digital Designer (often called LDD). This has the advantage of being free and quite easy to use, including automatically snapping connections together. However, it ...
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

When discussing Animal Logic's involvement in the film, they state: Initially, Production Designer Grant Freckelton and his team utilised LEGO Digital Designer [...]. This allowed everyone, ...
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How to load an RCX from a modern system?

Buy a USB to Serial adapter. There are USB IR Towers, but the drivers are only for older version of Windows. A new USB/Serial adapter, on the other hand, should be compatible with Windows 10 (Windows ...
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Is there a rock wall generator?

I was able to integrate this into a research project applying context free grammars: This is not a polished software package, and the design is a bit esoteric given that I started with the goal of ...
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Compare part lists between Stud.io models?

Since there doesn't seem to be a tool, I've written my own one. In case anyone else want to use it, check it out here: https://github.com/ChrZae/bricklink-xml-diff Take care tho, it can only really ...
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

You can use Brickify for that. You just upload an STL file and it is converted to LEGO bricks. You don't need the 3D printing part and can go ahead to download the building instructions.
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Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals?

BrickLink Studio is a design tool to build models (like LEGO Digital Designer) and includes the ability to create instructions as PDF or images. Therefore the models are divided into steps via the ...
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EV3-specific bricks missing from Lego Digital Designer 4.3.11 (Win)?

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 ...
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Does LEGO no longer support NXT 2.0 at all?

LEGO officially stopped supporting NXT in 2015, however, as of 2019, the original NXT programming software is still available on the official LEGO MINDSTORMS web page. The original NXT programming ...
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What kind of software can I use to design LEGO MOCs?

A popular alternative is stud.io, provided by Bricklink. Another possibility mentioned by Alex in the comments is LDCad.
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Why isn't the Sad Clown's torso in Stud.io?

Stud.io only has a small selection of printed parts, but there is hope. Stud.io’s Part Designer tool can help you with your clown torso. Here’s how: Using a paint tool (like Windows’ Paint3D), save ...
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How to locate objects, and move towards them, without pre-programming the path

If the ultrasonic cannot echo-locate the objects because they're too small, even with the sensor suspended very close to the floor, I suggest using a very sensitive feeler out front. It can be ...
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Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?

I've found a seemingly broken website, but from the sources I was able to salvage these addresses, they work just fine (as far as the download goes, I did not check the contents): http://www....
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How can I use the EV3 educational firmware instead of the retail version?

Update: LEGO Education software is now available for free. https://education.lego.com/en-us/downloads/mindstorms-ev3 Original answer: You need to purchase the EV3 Education version of the software. ...
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Does the Mindstorms EV3 software run on OS X El Capitan?

I've recently upgraded to OS X 10.11 El Capitan (as a matter of fact, I have the exact same model of computer). I've done some basic tests with the EV3 software without running into any issues. I've ...
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How can an EV3 motor "remember" it's starting position?

The simplest way to "remember" a starting position is to make the starting position 0. You can do this using Rest in the Motor Rotation block (1). After your motors have moved (simulated by (2)), you ...
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What is the LEGO EV3 rpf file?

rpf stands for "rudolph program file" [source] (I believe "Rudolf" is the internal code name for EV3.) These are the files created using the "Brick Program" utility on the EV3 brick. Once you have ...
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LEGO Digital Designer does not to connect to the Internet on Win10 laptop

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”...
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EV3-specific bricks missing from Lego Digital Designer 4.3.11 (Win)?

The current download link at https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd is https://www.lego.com/assets/franchisesites/ldd/installer/setupldd-pc-4_3_12.exe. When installed it still shows the version as 4.3.11 even ...
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What kind of software can I use to design LEGO MOCs?

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 ...
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Where do I find the program to go with the LEGO 51515?

The "App" page does seem to be hard to find at the moment. I found it by clicking on this little icon on the MINDSTORMS "About" page. The app is distributed through various app ...
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What version of Lego Digital Designer has all the parts that LEGO ever added?

I believe that the last version that had a complete set of elements was 4.3.11, however that has dependencies on Adobe Flash, so will likely not work on most modern systems that have now removed Flash....
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

As Zhaph - Ben Duguid said, there is the .LXFML format which is basically an XML document detailing a LEGO model. Another format you might find of use if the .ldr format. .ldr files are used in ...
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

The Studio tool from BrickLink uses the LDraw Parts library and has both the POV-Ray renderer as well as a "Photo Real" renderer baked in for some fairly realistic renderings of your models. ...
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How can I use multiple switch options in Lego Mindstorms EV3 software?

I just discovered this a few days ago. If you use "Numeric" as the input type and switch to tabbed view, you can have a select/case/default type instruction instead of if/then. It also works with text ...
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What is NXT-G number format?

The NXT actually uses IEEE 794 32-bit floating point number format in little endian byte order. I like using this site for conversions. So, to decode your messages: TX: 00 09 00 05 60 EA 00 00 00 ...
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