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Cataloging Loose Parts

nmualumninmualumni Michigan, USAMember Posts: 46
I've started to acquire a sizable collection of loose parts from various bulk purchases. I would like to get into building MOCs and custom items. I've got the items sorted by type into parts bins, but have not idea on quantity or color of each item.

I'm considering going through the items and entering them into a Brickstock list, but this will obviously be very time consuming.

Does anyone else keep a catalog list of loose parts? I have all my sets cataloged, have a Bricklink store, but these items are not part of any list or collection and was wondering what others do.

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  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,233
    Will it be possible to import from Peeron and Bricklink?

    ;-)
    Mr_CrossdavetheoxygenmanFizyx
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 786
    You can keep a parts inventory on Rebrickable and it'll tell you what sets/MOCs (other people's, obviously) you can build. Interesting to see Brickset going down this line, the parts database here is very incomplete as it uses the data Lego provides.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,740
    Guys can you postpone to next week...
    What is going on!?!?!?
    Mr_Crossdavetheoxygenman
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,418
    edited November 2018
    Is the IKEA LEGO furniture being announced? Or would that be more of a storage topic?
    sid3windr
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,390
    @drdavewatford, not initially but if there's a standard file format, and element IDs match, then it may well be possible.

    It will certainly be possible to export parts wanted lists as BrickLink XML on day 1.
    Fizyx
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,517
    edited November 2018
    I don't bother to catalogue parts. If you buy sets, then adding parts to a database is easy enough but for job lot collections it can take a long time.
    gmonkey76sid3windr
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,390
    @Huw will it be possible to count certain sets as part of your parts collections? I usually break up most of my sets for parts, so a lot of my parts will already be counted as part of my collection anyway.

    I don't want to count 100 of one part and enter it into my collection, only for it to say I have 130 of them because it's also counting parts from sets, which are already in my loose parts.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,740
    CCC said:
    I don't bother to catalogue parts. If you buy sets, then adding parts to a database is easy enough but for job lot collections it can take a long time.
    It would also be nice if the parts list remained static - and not that PaB/BaP available pieces nonsense.
    FizyxOldfan
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,404
    @Huw will it be possible to count certain sets as part of your parts collections? I usually break up most of my sets for parts, so a lot of my parts will already be counted as part of my collection anyway.

    I don't want to count 100 of one part and enter it into my collection, only for it to say I have 130 of them because it's also counting parts from sets, which are already in my loose parts.
       I'm thinking that the loose parts will be labeled like loose minfigures. You will have two dispalys, one for a part in your collection and one for your loose parts in the same field. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,517
    SumoLego said:
    CCC said:
    I don't bother to catalogue parts. If you buy sets, then adding parts to a database is easy enough but for job lot collections it can take a long time.
    It would also be nice if the parts list remained static - and not that PaB/BaP available pieces nonsense.
    That is the problem. A catalogue is fine if you build then dismantle a MOC, so parts are always available. But if you have to log parts out when you build then log them back in again when you dismantle a MOC, building becomes a chore. And if you don't, then the list is next to useless.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 368
    As long as it's editable so you can inevidably remove those fragile bits that always break (like levers).
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,390
    I've implemented it exactly the same way as the minifigs in that you own parts by virtue of owning the sets they come in, and you can now also own parts loose, which are shown separately.

    You can also want parts and, unlike minifigs, can enter the number you want.

    Personally I can see no use for the feature as I'm not about to start inventoring my 10^6  collection but I know a lot of people are clamouring for it.
    Mr_Crossgmonkey76
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 368
    It's probably useless for people that already have a massive collection, but a great help for people just starting one.
    gmonkey76
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,404
    edited November 2018
    ^ You are right for a collection that is that large.  If I had the time it would be good to add my loose parts but they most likely exceed 10^5 times two or three,  that's just too big for me. Maybe my new loose PaB parts would be ok. 
    Jennigmonkey76
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,514
    @Huw will it be possible to not include my set parts... I don't count those as loose part for my builds as they are part of the sets... where as if I can 'part out' a set / add individual parts into my loose parts that would be good.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,390
    ^ Not as it stands, but they are indicated separately so you can tell the difference.

    I suspect in time I will add more features once people start using it and suggesting ways to improve it.
    gmonkey76
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,514
    Ok...it's a good start! I suppose most will either want it one way or another. So a simple (if it is simple!) check box to untick to not include would be handy.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,740
    I would continue work on the automatic digital parts identifier and scanner.  

    And the flying car.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 368
    SumoLego said:
    I would continue work on the automatic digital parts identifier and scanner.  

    And the flying car.
    There are already lego sorting machines. https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/awesome-fully-automated-lego-brick-sorting-plant-video-23-01-2012/ You'll be set if they ever come out with an internet enabled robot kit (or maybe you can just mod it).
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,390
    Huw said:
    Personally I can see no use for the feature as I'm not about to start inventoring my 10^6  collection but I know a lot of people are clamouring for it.
    You do realise that now there is that feature, some people will be compelled to do an inventory of their entire collection?!
    davetheoxygenmanomniumstluxMr_Cross
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 368
    Huw said:
    Personally I can see no use for the feature as I'm not about to start inventoring my 10^6  collection but I know a lot of people are clamouring for it.
    You do realise that now there is that feature, some people will be compelled to do an inventory of their entire collection?!
    That would be incredibly hard to do manually if you had a million parts. But joking in my first post aside, it would be entirely possible to make an app that identifies, and catalogs if you want, any lego peice just by photo'ing it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_object_recognition You could also indentify the amount by weighing them (with a little bit of error).
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,322
    Huw said:
    Personally I can see no use for the feature as I'm not about to start inventoring my 10^6  collection but I know a lot of people are clamouring for it.
    You do realise that now there is that feature, some people will be compelled to do an inventory of their entire collection?!
    That would be incredibly hard to do manually if you had a million parts. But joking in my first post aside, it would be entirely possible to make an app that identifies, and catalogs if you want, any lego peice just by photo'ing it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_object_recognition You could also indentify the amount by weighing them (with a little bit of error).
    Entirely possible and practically doable are two different things.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 368
    Huw said:
    Personally I can see no use for the feature as I'm not about to start inventoring my 10^6  collection but I know a lot of people are clamouring for it.
    You do realise that now there is that feature, some people will be compelled to do an inventory of their entire collection?!
    That would be incredibly hard to do manually if you had a million parts. But joking in my first post aside, it would be entirely possible to make an app that identifies, and catalogs if you want, any lego peice just by photo'ing it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_object_recognition You could also indentify the amount by weighing them (with a little bit of error).
    Entirely possible and practically doable are two different things.
    Crowdfunding. Brickset AI campaign. XD
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,390
    Now implemented...
    PaperballparkdavetheoxygenmanBumblepantsoldtodd33omniumAstrobricksSumoLego
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,514
    Thinking of opening a second brickset account just for my parts - for example I've 2 years of LUGbulk to sort out... I know the quantities so it will be good to have a control of it like that. Would a second account be frowned upon(some sites wouldn't allow it.)?
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,390
    Go for it, although you'll need to use a different email address.
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