Lego for Geeks

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Phoenix, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    Was playing around with some cool little LEGO CAD freeware i found, you make your models in a CAD program rather than with little blocks that seem to find there way into every small gap in your furniture

    this adds the ability to then render the model into a 3D image

    and here is my first attempt :)

    First Attempt Got-Lego? | just to proove it was me :)
    Second Attempt (missing parts) And for my next trick...
    Third go! And here we have, your typical broken down 4x4 | high res
    Another part of the scene i'm working on, the recovery van
    Low Res | Hi Res (yes, i know, for some reason they are doing wheelies!)

    Think I have a long way to go though :(
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  2. doctorlegg

    doctorlegg Bit Poster

    Personally I think these are excellent! Do you have any kind of CAD/Graphics background?

    A while ago I managed to get myself very interested in graphics / 3d rendering programs and did spend a bit of time trying to learn the basics of Blender (a great, free 3d graphics program for anyone who hasn't seen it before) but gave up due to one small thing which I realised I was lacking for this kind of thing - talent!

    Ufortunately, since I'm only 2 days into studying for my A+ I don't have time to play about with anything else (I tend to lose quite a lot of focus when I get sidetracked) but it definately looks like fun.

    As I say, what you've done so far definately looks good to me.

    WIP: A+
  3. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    none what so ever mate
    infact its the first time i've sat down and played with any type of CAD program

    Just brought back alot of childhoot memories packaged into modern geekness, all good if you ask me :)

    I'm trying to think of something truley original to come up with at the moment lol
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  4. flex22

    flex22 Gigabyte Poster

    Wow I love:!: lego.
    Spent many many many.... hours as a kid making castles, spaceports, buildings etc etc. :D

    Is this the software your using?
  5. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    Actually I use a variety of programs flex

    the first one is called LDraw, its more advanced by the looks of it (well the front ends are) than the one you link to, but unlikely as easy to use (LDraw from what i gather is just the base files and such, you need one of the modern front ends which have all the 'features')
    on top of LDraw i run one of the more modern front ends called MLCad, this is the front end I use to make my lego models

    After creating my model (a few hours, less for some easier ones) I save the file (actually i do this frequantly, LOL)

    I then use a program called L3P, which converts the Lego model file, into a POV script

    I then use POV-Ray for windows to render that into the 3D images you see above, otherwise it would just be a model and look something like this..

    Un Rendered | Rendered

    check out for more info on it, and some tutorials :)
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  6. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Really cool stuff there Phoenix. Thankfully I still get to play with Lego for real.[​IMG]
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  7. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    Same here Nugget and you get to play with the model after :biggrin
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Breathing in and out, but not out and in, that's just wrong
  8. Bull Gates

    Bull Gates Byte Poster

    cool stuff dude!
    I really liked the last 1 that u created.
    as a kid though i used 2 dismantle other ppl's lego castles, models etc.
    used 2 nJoy it though:D
    Certifications: MCP
  9. flex22

    flex22 Gigabyte Poster

    :iagree Nothing beats the real thing :D

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