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  1. Don't hesitate to ask if you need any help to build/import/render with Mecabricks
  2. I had a quick read of the your github page. I don't understand everything but I see some cool stuff that it can be used for. I shall try to play with it at some stage. That may be something of interest to include to Mecabricks - I can run python scripts on the server side - but that may be a discussion for later
  3. Ok, I don't think there is any point discussing with you, so before I stop, here are a few stats for what you think is destined to fail: - 17,000 accounts (currently 1,000 new ones every month) - 50 Million pieces in 80,000 models - 12,000 renders made in 2 months All of this done in my spare time for the benefit of the LEGO community. By the way, do you know that this topic was about rendering and not a place to make a detailed list of why you dislike Mecabricks or don't believe in what I am proposing?
  4. I will try to make a short screencast to show you how quick it is to build - Actually quicker in complex situations where LDD autosnap is lost and can not find the right connection. I don't intend to convert you, as we definitely don't share the same approach for 3D, but at least show you that it can be powerful as long as you make the effort to dig into it.
  5. And for what it is worth, I think that you don't understand anything to the 3D world (not just rendering)... It doesn't matter, lots of other people do PS: I'd be happy to show you how to easily build with Mecabricks. That is super easy and it is used in schools around the world as a fun introduction to 3D and CAD for young kids. A few examples:
  6. I added a new function in Mecabricks so that you can render your own Blender files using the render farm, not just the one automatically generated in the workshop. This is great when you want to add none LEGO elements in the scene but still enjoy the power of distributed rendering. It took less than 9 minutes for the 4K version of this image. Racing Yacht by Nicolas Jarraud, on Flickr
  7. Another image from the Mecabricks render mode with a bit of all the options available - DoF, compositor, high resolution minifig, scratches, fingerprints, part randomization, background image, shadow catcher, etc. Took 12 minutes with 4 of the 6 nodes to render the 4K version. The Justice League Anniversary Party by Nicolas Jarraud, on Flickr
  8. Probably not. This is the case for pretty much all 3d software and not just free ones for LEGO building. If 2 faces are exactly at the same location the 3D engine doesn't know which one to draw first as by definition they are at the same distance from the camera, hence this glitch.
  9. Scrubs

    Rendering LXF on apple?

    Hello, Depending on your model, you can try to import it into Mecabricks to easily export and render it in Blender or even use the one click online rendering function.
  10. Hello, You actually also used Mecabricks and the Mecabricks add-on for Blender from what I can see on your Blender screenshot. So geometry and some decorations are not coming from LDD ;-) Good work on the animation this a very time consuming task.
  11. I added a good amount of new options since I released the service a couple of weeks ago. Among others, it is now possible to use the HD minifigure parts I made last year. They are perfectly accurate and include molding marks. The image below is raw from Mecabricks. No post-processing. High Definition Minifigs by Nicolas Jarraud, on Flickr
  12. Hello, After 3 months of hard work, I finally released this rendering service fully integrated to Mecabricks. I already introduced at bit of it in this post during development and some of you may have already tried it during beta phase. The rendering mode available directly in the workshop offers a range of settings to easily customise your render - Lighting, background, depth of field, compositing, etc. I will regularly add more options. It is possible to render for free with some limitations and using some credits will unlock all the options. I made a page with a table to show what you can and cannot do. The idea behind this credit system is that I can maintain the free version. I designed and invested some money in a small rendering farm and I also have to pay for bandwidth and power. That said, it is more than affordable and price is calculated based on render time and node power. A HD image may cost about $0.25 and a 4K image about $1.00 depending on complexity. Small test images will be less than 1cent. This is also way faster to render than on your home computer. A 4K image that takes 3 hours on my iMac is easily done in 5 or 6 minutes. it is generally less than 1 minute for an HD image with all options activated. Image below is a screenshot of the rendering mode interface in Mecabricks and the second picture has been set up in just a couple of minutes. For indication, rendering time was 1 minute 21 seconds (1800x1080 @200 samples) and calculated cost was $0.196
  13. You can import LDD models directly in mecabricks (however it ignores flexible parts and decorations) or even better build directly in MB. This is Blender Cycles in the background. Test period is over now and I switched it off until proper release of the service sometimes in January.
  14. I didn't define yet all the ins ant outs and it may even evolve over time, but however it works I need to get some money somehow to pay for power and hardware. That said there are some good ideas in your post. Thanks.
  15. The LDraw import tool would be painful to make but a basic version (e.g. no flexible parts) like what I made for LDD may happen at some stage. If you are the only one in the queue, all 71 threads (I keep one free on the master machine for webserver and network rendering) and all 5 graphic cards are working on it. Then if multiple people are queuing, algorithm is a bit smarter, but it remains mainly true. If you are in the queue, you will know it - Yellow dot next to project name and position in the queue. These Ryzen are really good especially for the price. Quite impress by AMD on this one.