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  Studio 2.0 review
Posted by: Philippe Hurbain - 2018-09-21, 13:53 - Forum: LDraw Editors and Viewers - Replies (2)

With the release of Bricklink's Studio 2.0 and seeing its increased popularity I decided to have a closer look at it, here is a quick summary of my experience using it.

1 - Installation
Nothing much to say: download the installer and launch it... Nothing to configure, it just works.

2 - Building
I tested building with a small Technic model, 42001 Mini Off-Roader. Not the most general purpose test case, but it is my favorite domain, and probably the most demanding style for CAD capabilities.

Here is the result...
[Image: 42001-studio.jpg]
The Studio file is available here, and a raw Ldraw export is here.
Random notes:

  • Studio has a great feature, the possibility to import inventories of official sets from Bricklink (of course!) and create a specialized palette. This feature is also available in LDCad, but requires a few manual operations.
  • Creation of submodels is easy, but works a bit like groups in other programs: you have to select several bricks from current model then "Create into submodel". True submodels are created nonetheless (or at least they are exported as such in Ldraw format). This is possible only with at least two bricks, so if you need a submodel with only one part (useful to highlight a particular part in building instructions as a callout), you need to edit the submodel and remove extraneous parts...
  • I have not experimented a lot the coloring of parts (since the imported 42001 palette contained parts already in model colors), but I appreciated the filtering of colours, allowing to show only the shades of basic colors (eg. "show all green colors").
  • Finding parts is always tricky in most LEGO CAD programs. Studio does a rather good job by sorting parts in categories and with a text/part number search box. The drawback for me is that it uses BL names and categories, while I am more used to LDraw ones. I guess this is not an issue for most people that have the opposite training.
  • Overall, snapping and collision detection works well... but not always. Usage of Technic axles was especially cumbersome, as it is very difficult to place precisely parts on it. This gives some slight misplacement errors, as can be seen when looking at coordinates in exported LDraw file. This may not be seem a big deal as it mimicks real life behaviour, but flexibility of parts helps, and manual adjustements are easier to do with physical parts than with virtual models. LDCad has a neat feature for that, as position of parts on an axle depends on current grid, I missed that a lot.
  • Noneneless, there must be inaccuracies in snapping/collision definition: the panels for the doors were not placed correctly on pins (2 ldu too high), and the technic bush properly stopped against a beam on the round side, but was able to collide inside that beam on the notched side. The good thing (contrary to LDD) is that you can fine tune position and orientation of parts using "manual mode". Unfortunately I couldn't see any parts coordinates to make sure of what I was doing. Less user intimidating, but sorely missing for me!
  • Studio has no flexible parts generator. I had to use LDcad to generate a custom part for the rubber bands used as shock absorbers in this model. More on this in a separate thread.
As a conclusion... I'm not ready to change tool from the trusty LDCad, but it mostly gets the job done.

3 - Rendering
  • Studio has an integrated photo-realistic rendering tool. Depending on the quality you need and rendering time you want to wait, you can choose between two engines (POV and Eyesight), each with several quality levels and tweakable parameters. Seamless integration to Studio is very convenient! One trick: Studio seems to use the bounding box of parts to derive the floor level. As the wheels are rotated, their bounding box extend below the base of tire, and I got "floating in the air" effect. This can be seen in the last image below. I had to "unrotate" the wheels to get proper results.
  • POV renderer, "Low" setting, 17 seconds on my ageing machine
    [Image: povlow0.17.png]
  • POV renderer, "Medium" setting, 20 seconds
    [Image: povmed0.20.png]
  • POV renderer, "High" setting, 1.20 minutes
    [Image: povhq1.20.png]
  • POV renderer,  Custom settings, 2.30 minutes
    [Image: povcustvh2.30.png]
  • Eyesight renderer, Medium setting, 4 minutes
    [Image: eyesightmedfloor4.png]
  • Eyesight renderer, High setting, 7 minutes
    [Image: eyesighthq7.00.png]
  • Eyesight renderer, Very High setting, 15 minutes
    [Image: eyesightvhq15.png]
4 - Building instructions
Studio Instruction Maker is the major addition to version 2.0 (along with Eyesight renderer). An I must say - Wow!!! This is by far the best instruction generator I used. Concepts are very similar to LPub/LPub3d, but user interface is imho significantly better (in LPub you never know where you must right click to perform such or such action). More importantly, Studio Instruction Maker is FAST. You can navigate between pages, change layout, scale models in a snap. Rendering quality is very good, as you can see from the attached PDF.

5 - Conclusions
Overall I liked Studio. As mentioned above, model creation is the weak point (for me, used to LDCad), but it does work... The seamless integrated rendering tool is very convenient, and I'm really fond of instruction generator!



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.pdf   42001 - Mini Off-roader_BIs.pdf (Size: 279.87 KB / Downloads: 7)
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  LDraw Session at BrickCon in Seattle
Posted by: Orion Pobursky - 2018-09-21, 3:17 - Forum: LDraw.org Announcements - No Replies

I will be giving a session at BrickCon, being held in Seattle, WA from October 4-7. My session, on Friday the 5th, is geared towards beginners curious about LDraw but I'll be attending all 4 days. I encourage anyone who is attending to feel free to track me down if you want to have a discussion.

- Orion

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  Flexible 30191 for use in LDCad
Posted by: Roland Melkert - 2018-09-19, 19:20 - Forum: LDraw Editors and Viewers - No Replies

I was wondering about 30191 as the result of this thread on eurobricks:

So I made a little test resulting in:

.png   30191.png (Size: 38.72 KB / Downloads: 27)

It's a bit of a puzzle as you need to register a few new donors and a template.

You do that by ether copying them into
%appdata%/LDCad/donors
and
%appdata%/LDCad/templates

or by registering a user template folder and additional donor folder in the prefs menu.
needed files are in the attached zip.

It also includes snapping info to make constructing the whole easier.



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.zip   30191.zip (Size: 11.79 KB / Downloads: 2)
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  Looking for part 15647
Posted by: Jaco van der Molen - 2018-09-19, 6:00 - Forum: Part Requests - Replies (3)

Hi all,

I am looking for this brick:
https://brickset.com/parts/design-15647
[Image: 6069014]
Can´t seem to find it neither as official or unofficial, but the element has been around since 2013?

Part 15647, LEGO-ID 6069014

P.S. should ROOR in "BEAR.ELEM. INV. ROOR TILE 45°" not be ROOF with an F? ;-)

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  Part request 4150px21
Posted by: Knud Ahrnell Albrechtsen - 2018-09-18, 5:28 - Forum: Parts Authoring - Replies (9)

Hi
anyone know if this part has been made??
4150px21

If not, could someone please make it??
I need this for one of my instructions.

Thanks

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  Lego parts coating
Posted by: Johann Eisner - 2018-09-16, 13:22 - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (1)

Hi guys

There is always the need to have Lego parts coated.
Since Chrome Brick is not always the best option, I've been looking for service providers who also coat in small quantities.
After a long search, I found the following company (see below) and had some parts of the sample coated there. I was very satisfied with the result. At all with the very "small" parts.
The following offer was offered to me (us):

Frame size is 28 x 41 Studs equals approx. 22 x 32.5 cm
Price per frame about 35 € net (about 42 € gross)
The spacing between the parts should be about the height of the part, except for narrow parts (e.g., antennas)
Before sending contact either by phone or by mail for expiration
(Delivery, color, payment, ...)

I have already sent frames and mounting material to the company.
If further material is needed, it could be that possibly a few pins or the like still need to be made available. I'm sure it will come to a positive agreement.
In the appendix still photos from the frame and from the first sample.
The equipment of the frame was only a sample, the distance and the amount can be safely optimized.
So and now the most important thing is the contact address:

Vakuum- und Plasmatechnik Flöha
Chemnitzer Strasse 18
09557 Flöha
Sachsen
Deutschland

E-Mail: info@vpfgbr.de
Telefon: +49 (0) 3726 7009 50
Telefax: +49 (0) 3726 7009 49

I would like to point out that I am neither sponsored by the above mentioned company nor receive commissions. If someone finds it anyway as advertising, then please inform the admin, so that this deletes the thread.

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  Surgery is over / I am feeling better
Posted by: Nils Schmidt - 2018-09-11, 17:37 - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (7)

Hi,

my surgery on Monday had no complications.
I am feeling better and better every day.

Cheers,
Nils

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  Showcase models?
Posted by: Michael Horvath - 2018-09-11, 3:06 - Forum: MOCs (My Own Creations) - Replies (4)

Besides MOC Pages, is there anywhere I can showcase/organize my models that will also allow me to upload the models' MPD files? MOC Pages works but the quality of the photos/renderings is very low. Thanks.

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  LPub3D v2.3 released
Posted by: David Manley - 2018-09-10, 19:43 - Forum: LDraw File Processing and Conversion - Replies (2)

It seems an updated version of LPub3D has been released a few days ago. I've only just spotted this. I've just downloaded it but have not yet opened it but I think it should have addressed a number of the bugs that have been previously reported. If you use it and think you've found a bug, please help out by logging it at https://github.com/trevorsandy/lpub3d/issues

David

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  Cannot edit links on wiki.ldraw.org
Posted by: Travis Cobbs - 2018-09-04, 20:05 - Forum: Website Suggestions/Requests/Discussion - Replies (4)

After getting a report from a user, I tried to fix LDView's website link on its LDraw Wiki Page (since I moved it from sourceforge to github), but this simply resulted in the following after I checked the Captcha box:

[Image: 6z3kKNk.png]

Side note: I couldn't find any obvious way on the LDraw Wiki itself to "please inform an administrator". Maybe I'm just blind.

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