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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 ...


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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 ...


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(fair warning: I work for a 3D printer company [Type A Machines]) I thought this cross-posting up on the RepRap forum would be useful here. Summarizing that post: It is possible to 3D print LEGO-compatible parts on desktop 3D printers, but with caveats: The fit will likely never be as tight as real LEGOs. Those are tough tolerances to match. LEGO Corp ...


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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 we can see an animator going through frame-by-frame a partially rendered draft of a scene from the movie. The animator has the ability to draw and possibly ...


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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 is that it only runs on Macs, This runs on both Windows and Macs now and the output format is a series of images, one for each layer. So you can't import it into ...


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LPub 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 ...


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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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You can use GIMP for this. First you need to scale the image to the size you want. (If you want to stack bricks on top of each other instead of a baseplate, use a different y-scaling to correspond the bricks height.) Now create a palette by going to the Palette tab and click the "New palette" icon. In this add the bricks colors you want. You can find the ...


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First note that this question is a possible duplicate of Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals? With that, here is the answer: (optional) Create a model in LEGO digital designer or LDraw and export it as a LDraw (*.ldr) file. Install LeoCAD, and either open the model that you made in LDD/LDraw (recommended) or create your ...


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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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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 ...


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LDview can directly export LDraw files to .STL. But the problem is that the mesh obtained may not be suitable for 3D printing, many of LDraw parts are not "watertight", or contain surfaces inside the part volume (eg. studs are simply lain on flat top surface).


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Take a look at SR 3D Builder. I have not used this software myself but it looks like it may do what you need. It's free (for non-commercial use) and you can import your LDraw files. Here is a link to some videos on YouTube See below for the features list (taken from the website) NEW Support for Piston - Rod mechanism NEW Support for Linear Actuators and ...


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For the retail version, the link is: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads and for the education version, the link is: https://education.lego.com/en-us/educationdownloads/freeproductspage


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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, including the Animal Logic art department, to mock up highly accurate LEGO models from which they could calculate the required bricks and build them as subdivision ...


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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 is only available for Windows and Mac. Also, LEGO has discontinued support for it. There is a system of programs based on LDraw. These programs tend to be ...


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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 applying context free grammars to a practical problem. Hopefully there's something in there that may be useful to someone. :)


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For our Lug, we have assigned one person who is the contact for all things LUGBULK and is also responsible for the organization of everything. (He also happens to be the one who will spend the most). We followed this general format to keep everything organized. At the most recent club meeting, we agreed on those parts that the club needed for upcoming ...


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The graphical software that ships with the EV3 set can program both EV3 bricks and older generation bricks. We assume that this means NXT 1.0 and 2.0 bricks. However, it is unlikely that NXT-G will work with EV3 bricks as EV3 bricks run a custom build of Linux, whereas older bricks run a custom firmware. LEGO will create an offical app for both Apple and ...


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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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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 downloaded programs to the brick using both USB and Bluetooth. Base on past experience with OS upgrades with both the NXT and EV3 software, the problems have ...


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I believe this is the current location for the Lion Patch In the interests of finding it again when the LEGO group change their site again: Visit the LEGO Education page. Navigate to "Pre-school and School" -> Secondary -> 11+ LEGO MINDSTORMS Education -> Downloads (or similar) I then filtered the list to just the Download Type of "Software Update / Patch"...


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As you say, there are still tons of unknown at this point, so asking the question is way premature. However, considering the software is said to be based on the same technology as the one in the NXT, it's likely it won't be too different, and that's why that software will be able to control NXT bricks. However, I also doubt you'll be able to control EV3 ...


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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 sticking forward like a jousting lance, and your robot can swivel back & forth while traveling to scan. The trick to making it very sensitive is to: (1) make it ...


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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. It includes the EV3 Education version firmware. EV3 Education Software (single user licence) EV3 Software v1.1 Update (includes v1.06E firmware update)


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I have a Mac Mini with macOS Sierra, and the LEGO software works on it for me.


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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 10 requires signed drivers, so do your homework before buying). Use 3rd party software. For example, Brickx Command Center and leJOS are compatible with RCX and ...


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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 created a program on the brick, you can upload the file using the EV3 desktop software. You can find the files in the BrickProg_Save folder. However, after ...


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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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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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