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Easy LEGO design program?

super_curry_maxsuper_curry_max Member Posts: 75
edited March 2013 in Building and Techniques
that is relatively easy to use and then like creates a list of parts to go find/buy?


  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited March 2013
    Lego Digital Designer is the easiest by far, but has more limitations than the Ldraw suite..
  • JosephJoseph Member Posts: 651
    edited March 2013
    Agreed, LDD is probably your best bet, but there is also LDRAW and LMCad. If you're interested in some of the differences between them, you might find these threads helpful:
    Oh, and of you do end up using LDD, this might help with getting the parts list:
  • weaselkingweaselking Member Posts: 61
    Agreed, LDD is the easiest. But there is always a balancing point where some of the other software packages have more features but have a steeper learning curve.
  • super_curry_maxsuper_curry_max Member Posts: 75
    Thanks mates. I got the LDD last night but im having difficulty building things then moving them around to connect to stuff in SNOT designs. also im having trouble not being able to fit pins into wheel axles.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited March 2013
    Ahhh yes, so you dont want an easy program, you want a powerful one :)

    LDD gets you up and running quickly but you then hit limits. Ldraw tools take longer to get going, but reward you for it and are pretty much without limits (its a widely used format, so there are loads of tools, also you can just edit the text file if you get really stuck). ML Cad is the most widely used and probably the best of the Ldraw tools. You can get up to speed in about a day using this tutorial:

    If your mainly doing technics you might be better with SR 3D builder (although it seems loads of technics experts use ML cad too and get on just fine).
  • super_curry_maxsuper_curry_max Member Posts: 75
    Well im not trying to do really technical things i just want to make basic designs of things, mostly turning old ninja turtle vehicles into lego ones, but im having trouble doing small things.
  • StuBoyStuBoy New ZealandMember Posts: 623
    Try playing around with the tool functions - I think there's a 'connected selection' tool, that selects all the pieces connected to the selected brick as one unit you can then move around.

    The hinge and rotate tools are a bit harder and clunky I find, but once you know how to make them do what you want, its all good.
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