Tips & Tricks 10: Build a BrickPhone!

You’ve seen the BrickPhone…it’s amazing! One of Brickster_Tim’s most famous MOCs. You’ve been asking for a tutorial for a long time, and it’s finally here! You can now build your own LEGO smartphone. In this video is a complete tutorial for you to learn how to craft this classic creation.

Tips & Tricks 9: LEGO Cube

Wanna build a LEGO Cube without having to buy those expensive dice bricks? Just use everyday pieces you already have! In this video you’ll find a complete tutorial on how to build a light, sturdy, customizable cube for anything you want.

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Tips & Tricks 7: Rendering (LDD Tricks Part 3)

This is the 3rd in a 3-part series of tips regarding LEGO Digitial Designer. If you’ve ever built something really good on LDD, you’ve wanted to take a nice picture of it. But, the screenshot tool on LDD (ctrl+K) is pretty poor: though it removes the grid, the quality of the bricks stays the same and looks rigid and unrealistic. It turns out, you can easily render your LDD creation to make it look real and clean! Here’s how.

Introduction

You’ve probably heard of POV-Ray when it comes to rendering LDD files. You may also know that POV-Ray can be very difficult to install and run on your computer. Don’t worry: there’s an alternative. It’s Bluerender! Bluerender is free, fast, light, and easy.

Download

This program was originally made by msx80, and was originally posted on the Eurobricks forum. You can download the file directly by clicking this link:

http://www.lugato.net/blueprint/Bluerender0005.zip

or, you can visit the forum thread and find the link there:

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=109972

The download is a compressed ZIP folder. Extract that folder anywhere you want.

Rendering

(1) You’ll need to open up your creation in LDD. (2) Position it exactly how you want it, and adjust the camera angle as needed. The position the model is in will be the same as when it is rendered.

Capture

(3) Once you have it the way you want, save it. (4) Close LDD, and open the Blurender program (it’s a batch file). It will open a command prompt window; just ignore that. (5) Browse for the Input File (LXF). When you select your creation, the output file will automatically be the same place where the LDD file is, with the same name as your creation with ‘.lxf’ added to it. You can change the output name and location if you want. (6) Click the ‘Parameters’ tab at the top, where you’ll find resolution and coloring options. The resolution is in pixels: the higher the pixels, the higher quality the image will be; however, it will take longer. You can pick any color you want for the background; it’s usually a good idea to have the Ground Pane Color the same as the Background Color. (7) Go back to the ‘Files’ tab and hit ‘Render’. A new window will pop up showing you the rendering progress. Tadaa!

BrickPhone 2.1 (8).lxf

As you can see, the quality is so much better than that of LDD. Lighting and shadows play huge parts in this. Be sure to wait until the image is completely finished before you close the program.

Application

It’s easy to see the practical application of this trick. You can show off your LDD creations a lot better than before, as this program makes them look realistic and clear. Enjoy!

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Tips & Tricks 5: Theme Access (LDD Tricks Part 1)

This is the first of a series of 3 tips regarding LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) and how to expand your knowledge and ability with this program. For those who remember, the early versions of LDD had a very limited part selection. The latest version, v4.3.9, has many new parts in the LDD Extended theme. But there are some who prefer to use the standard LDD theme to build, and are stuck with a small parts selection. This is for you.

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Tips & Tricks 4: The Hidden Stud on a Tile

The Tile piece is among the most popular of the decorative parts. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and has been the palette for many a sticker or printed detail over the years. When it comes to versatility however, the tile is pretty limited; because the one characteristic that is maintained throughout all of the tiles is NO STUDS. But wait: there is one and only one tile that stands out from this qualification.

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Tips & Tricks 3: Sorting Pieces

Any MOC builder at any level wants to organize their parts. Many builders organize by color, which is a great idea if you know exactly what parts you have. It’s also a good idea if you want to reassemble LEGO sets. But if you have a large collection of assorted parts, you need a more efficient way to organize your pieces. Brickster_Tim has discovered a way to organize that is both inclusive of all kinds of parts, and optimal for MOC builders everywhere.

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Tips & Tricks 2: Pin-hole Brick Trick

What’s the brick with the smallest angle? If you know your LEGO, you would say the 2×4 Slope Brick w/ 18° angle. Then you might add that it’s pretty hard to build a smaller angle than that, without using clip & bar pieces, and a bunch of other parts to stabilize it. What if you found a simple, stable way to make a 12° angle? Well, you just did! Here’s how…

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