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I've noticed quite a few designs on this site using a legos program. Does anybody know where I can find it or what it's called so I can use it. I have designs I'd love to make but I lack the legos to do them. I'll take advice from anyone. Thanks in advance!
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| February 1, 2009, 12:00 am
Quoting James Golden
I've noticed quite a few designs on this site using a legos program. Does anybody know where I can find it or what it's called so I can use it. I have designs I'd love to make but I lack the legos to do them. I'll take advice from anyone. Thanks in advance!

Lego Digital Designer: http://ldd.lego.com/download/default.aspx
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| February 1, 2009, 12:19 am
there is also another slightly better one called Ldraw, it has alot better element options. LDD is one produced by the lego company so it is geared up to get them moneys, so bricks are limited to small packs with limited options for ease when they pack the custom boxes.
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| February 1, 2009, 1:30 am
I primarily use LDD as my main model building tool at the moment. I find it much easier to use and manipulate the parts over MLCAD/LDraw. But to get LDraw, I just googled it. You can get a installer that installs the parts and MLCAD. MLCAD is great for older parts and stuff that Lego doesn't make anymore.
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| February 2, 2009, 2:07 am
LDD is ok... I used to have it but I thik I'll get back into it agian.

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| February 3, 2009, 12:49 am
I really hate LDD. LDraw or MLCad is the best program. The http is http://www.ldraw.org/. Even though it's made for the 95, it also works on Vista. You can download and make your own bricks. You can't do THAT on LDD! Really, you can't.
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| February 4, 2009, 1:03 am
Hi,
I use a couple of tools to design and visualize my models. Best for larger models is MLCad. Together with a couple of additional tools like LDView, POVRay, L3P, etc. you can design VERY large models. Complete equipment is listed on my homepage (www.tirpitz.net).

If you need help (there are some bugs and problems here and there) you can drop me mail.
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| February 9, 2010, 5:41 am
I use LDD, the best thing you can do when you're thinking of actually purchasing the model and it uses alot of parts is to count every brick and order them trough the lego pick a brick online site. This is how i'm building my Halberd. Using other programs doesn't allow you to get the bricks from the same site, and making you're own bricks isn't going to help either if you want to build a real model. I would not buy the bricks through LDD itself though.
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| February 9, 2010, 6:18 am
I'm more of a LDD person, 'cos LDD has the gentlest learning curve unlike the other softwares.... plus with a moderately fast computer, the LDD is able to perform wonders, i managed to build a 90000 pcs structure with no difficulties at all.. if you are looking for a easy to use interface to play around with, i recommend LDD... plus its compatible with mac.. xD
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| March 23, 2010, 11:21 am
Hi,
if you build MOCs that large you should place them into the new group "Beyond 15,000 bricks" I created for the large MOCs.

You will find the group here: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/11151

Quoting Joe Ong
I'm more of a LDD person, 'cos LDD has the gentlest learning curve unlike the other softwares.... plus with a moderately fast computer, the LDD is able to perform wonders, i managed to build a 90000 pcs structure with no difficulties at all.. if you are looking for a easy to use interface to play around with, i recommend LDD... plus its compatible with mac.. xD


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| March 23, 2010, 12:46 pm
Quoting Joe Ong
I'm more of a LDD person, 'cos LDD has the gentlest learning curve unlike the other softwares.... plus with a moderately fast computer, the LDD is able to perform wonders, i managed to build a 90000 pcs structure with no difficulties at all.. if you are looking for a easy to use interface to play around with, i recommend LDD... plus its compatible with mac.. xD

I disagree. I haven't tried LDD (It won't work on my computer), but without real bricks you can't know whether it'll hold up under its own weight...
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| March 23, 2010, 10:56 pm
Quoting Theallseeyingguy -
I use LDD, the best thing you can do when you're thinking of actually purchasing the model and it uses alot of parts is to count every brick and order them trough the lego pick a brick online site. This is how i'm building my Halberd. Using other programs doesn't allow you to get the bricks from the same site, and making you're own bricks isn't going to help either if you want to build a real model. I would not buy the bricks through LDD itself though.

Ldraw also gives you a list of parts that was used in the model so you can buy them from where ever you want. Getting them from Bricklink is always cheaper than from Lego directly. I built my Minifig Scale Skiff entirely in LDraw before I built it in real life and it worked great.
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| March 26, 2010, 7:02 am
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