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  1. Hello, I have been working for the past 2 months on designing a custom solution based on Blender to make photorealistic rendering directly in Mecabricks. I built a small render farm and created the network rendering software to control it as well as the interface to plug it to Mecabricks. It means that you can even render on an iPad as everything is computed on my render nodes. This is also way faster than doing it on your home computer. Normal images are rendered in seconds while a high resolution 4K image would take about 7 minutes.This is still early stage and real life testing has just started. Stay tuned for 2018! Here is a photo a the render nodes in development:
  2. We worked hard on the past few weeks to add the new LEGO Ninjago Movie pieces in Mecabricks. We already completed the collectable minifigs as well as most sets. There is still a bit of work to get everything done, but it is coming. Hope to see some great MOCs. LEGO Ninjago Minifigs by Nicolas Jarraud, on Flickr
  3. Hello LEGO® fans, I like to post my latest research test. I started 2014 with Modo and LDRaw and passed my ideas and results to Nicolas 'SCRUBS' Jarraud, the french genius who gave us Mecabricks, and he developed a very nice Blender addon what gives us access to high-end renderings out of the box. A long time I ignored Blender but since last year we switched to this impressive open source application for my animation studio pipeline. Therefore I started to learn Blender and it's worth any minute because this is really a serious competitor for all other commercial 3d applications. Just the fact that Blender is a 108MB ZIP archive and starts in a second makes it very special. It has everything you need for animation and visual effects. I am not a Blender professional yet because I am running my studio as a CEO and actually I started an upcoming professorship at a private university. And I have a family with two kids. So it's a miracle that I am posting here. :-D Rendering Digital LEGO® is my personal project called Renderbricks what brought back all my passion for 3d. I wished the day had 48 hours. Due to my activities with Renderbricks I try to post constantly work starting with Facebook, updating flickr, posting on Twitter and adding to ArtStation to get as much attention and followers as possible. This is a time consuming process what needs a lot of patience and energy to keep the project running. And three years later now I will have a call with The LEGO Group next week because an Innovation Director is interested in my work. I am excited. :-) With Renderbricks I am also in touch with a lot of nice people. Actually a programmer is developing a Modo importer for LDRaw what looks very promising. I am also in chat with GitHub user TobyLobster who developed ImportLdraw for Blender. This addon is really fantastic. And I have a lot of contacts to MOC designer but of course I can't render everything. Researching LEGO® never ends. Here's another stress test with Blender. And I am impressed again about this open source software what beats most commercial competitiors in many aspects. This amazing LEGO® ISD Aggressor model by Matthew 'raskolnikov' Benner has 14.531 parts with instances and 56.489.080 triangles in Blender. The scene size is compressed saved only 91.306 MB. The render size is 15.360 x 8.640 pixel (15K). CPU Render time on a Dual Xeon 12 core is 2h 13min only with the latest Blender build and the Denoiser. This is really insanely fast. The key here is the new Denoiser technology in the latest 2.79 release what helps to keep samples low at 64 in Branched Path mode. The performance of the Blender scene is amazing. Compared to Modo much faster overall. No refresh issues. Real time handling here on my DELL with GTX 780. Fast loading and saving. And here all bricks have real bevels. In Modo they use a rounded edge shader. I guess the plastic material needs a bit more SSS because the Modo results look a bit better actually. I have ordered two GTX 1080Ti Founder's Edition to speed this up :-) Here you can download a wallpaper for your specific screen. Click on the picture and click again too zoom at 100% to enjoy the 15K details.
  4. I'm in the middle of learning Blender, but I stumbled upon Poliigon and was blown away. I'd really like something to aspire to once I've got a grasp on the basics, so has anyone tried applying a Poliigon texture to a Lego render of any sort?
  5. Hello, After chatting with the guys at Sketchfab I finally decided to make a mecabricks exporter. Feel free to try it. I will try later to improve the default materials at least to get the bump maps and metal maps automatically assigned properly. Here is the first model ever exported with this new module: https://sketchfab.com/models/a9cac66c6a214fcf9f5aede1c1930d5a Export function is available in the workshop: File > Export > Sketchfab (.dae)
  6. I spend long periods away from home and my Lego bricks due to my work, so I end up doing a lot of design in computer with the likes of LDD, LDraw/bricksmith, and mecabricks. The problem is that none of these have any "physics" in them, I can't ever see how strong or stable the model is. So I end up spending hours agonising over the way the bricks are stacked, worrying over whether or not they will lock together solidly enough in real life. I also spend ages checking brick link and Lego bricks and pieces to make sure the pieces I use are available in the colours I choose, but that's another story. When I finally do treat myself and buy the bricks for one of my creations, they invariably fall apart. A couple of years back it was a 50 piece micro-scale particle detector that took 2 hours to get together and exploded at the slightest touch (and I do mean that literally, bits went flying all over the room!). My latest fiasco is a model of the Mercury-Redstone rocket, which I designed to go with the Lego Ideas Saturn V. It's just a stack of 2x2 round bricks with three axles inside due to it's height, yet despite my best efforts to put the axle transitions well inside bricks, the rocket easily falls apart into three neat chunks (one for each axle). So, what's the secret? When you design in computer do you care at all about how the model would behave in real life? And if you do care, do you have any tips on making sure that the model holds up well when physically built?
  7. Hello, A couple of years ago I created a script for Blender in order to easily make photorealistic renders of Mecabricks models. It has been improved a lot over the years and it is now a proper Blender Add-on. Once it is installed, you can import models in any of your existing Blender scenes simply by going in the menu File > import > Mecabricks. It automatically handles decorated parts e.g. printed pearl, chrome or transparent pieces as well as stickers. You can get the free version here http://www.mecabricks.com/fr/shop/product/2 The image below has been made using the latest version of this add-on.
  8. GoH Characters on Mecabricks

    While I was building for Category C of Challenge V, I ended up spending a fair bit of time making good looking versions of several characters. As most of you probably know, I primarily build digitally using Mecabricks in tandem with LDD. I thought It'd be handy to have a collection of files on Mecabricks so that anyone can easily include a character in their digital build (With the permission of the creator, of course). Decorations can be traced and added to mecabricks in just a few hours, so it's a much more extensive collection of prints than LDD's collection. Basics: I won't publish a character until the creator has granted their permission in this thread I'm able to create missing decorations for the library, but missing parts are beyond my skill level, so those have to be made by the creator of mecabricks and as such take longer Feel free to request any of your own characters, but please include a picture of them INDEX Brandon Stark: Brandon Stark - Mecabricks Model LittleJohn: LittleJohn - Mecabricks Model Umbra-Manis: Harkran - Mecabricks Model
  9. Mecabricks has come a long way since I started this webapp about 5 years ago. Its popularity has been boosted by the introduction of the export function to multiple 3D formats and a script to easily make good renders with Blender. In 2017 here is what we can achieve in a few clicks without knowing much about 3D: I rendered a low resolution myself that took 9 hours to render on a iMac core i5 and Renderbricks helped me for this 1080p version. I think it was about 4 or 5 min per frame. This has been made possible thanks to the development version of Blender that includes a new denoiser. Even if it has limitation it is already awesome. I also need to thank Stas who is a decoration guru on Mecabricks. He made hundreds if not thousands of them including the ones for this Speed Champion Ferrari.
  10. “The Ark” project was the first attempt of mass colonization of planets outside Solar system. But it was just partly successful. Only third parts of all ships established proper colonies. Some gossips say the real purpose of project was just to get rid of excess population. A few years after the last launch of Ark revolution in hyperspace travelling happened. New hyperdrives were more powerful, faster, reliable, cheaper. So it was possible to establish regular supply lines between new colonies. So there was no need in looking for an ideal world. Colony can be founded everywhere near the source of some valuable resource. New colonization project was called “Legacy”. It was based on fleets of smaller ships instead of one huge ship as before. “Patriarch” spacecraft was designed to carry fast deployable modules of a new colony. Habitats, industrial facilities, power plants. Everything that is needed to start building. All modules can function on the surface of planet and in space. At first group of engineers constructs small outpost on the planet, builds foundations for landing modules, and after that they are dropped off the orbit. They have their own engines for soft precise landing. Ship’s reactor can also be used as a power plant of settlement. In this case ship stays in orbit and will be deconstructed in future. Last, but not the least. Big problem of the Ark was in its colonists. It’s very hard to keep billions of people alive in cryosells. Patriarchs have incubation facilities onboard and huge stock of genetic material. The idea is to grow most of population of a new colony artificially. DNA can be modified to provide better adaptability in case of hazardous environment. Moreover, by default all defects, random mutations and genetic illnesses were deleted from genetic material. Should I say it had serious consequences in future? Patriarch class colonial ship by Sunder_59, on Flickr
  11. [MOC] Hexham ACV

    [2019. British Greece. Thessaloniki.] Two men in a small cozy pub in the corner were talking about something. One of them, middle-aged dark haired man in the business suit, took a huge folder with papers and put it on table. The second one, who looked tired a bit, put on his glasses and began to read documents. He looked surprised and a strange smile appeared on his wrinkled fase. –Sir Stevenson, I don’t understand. This case… It’s not my profile, – elderly man talked indignantly. – You could find more competent specialist in this area. There are many psychiatrists, who studied effect of ACV** neurointerface on a pilot. –That’s why I’ve chosen you, doctor Lambert, – businessman fetched a sigh. – They see nothing but influence of the machine. They even don’t try to find if the patient was ill before the incident or not. –So, You’re trying to avoid your responsibility for this destructive tragedy. I see something is hidden here, – Lambert said this in such intonation, that he wasn’t glad to have any relation to this deal. – At first, can you explain me, why this mechanic with dark past took part in testing this prototype? –You should understand, MechInd has some difficulties now, – Stevenson started to excuse away, it seemed he hided something. – Some generals support MechInd, but that’s not enough. We are out of money. The idea of making fourth generation ACV wasn’t supported by parliament, so none of big corporations wants to invest in this project. That’s why we haven’t got enough people to work and provide security. Our only pilot was slightly injured in a car accident. Several simple checkouts at the testing field were planed that day. Just walking from one marked point to another. And then one mechanic offered his help. He could drive mech enough to do tests. Yes, that was Paul Lebel, who made all this mess. –But how could he drive this vehicle? Does it require huge training? Some people say that’s as easy as computer game, but I don’t believe that. Or am I wrong? And was it so difficult to find a better certified person? – Doctor continued asking. –That’s half-true. Interface of modern ACV is simple and obvious, computer can correct even rude mistakes and there are build-in training programs and hints. So if you just want to have a walk at your backyard in ACV, it will take couple of hours or even less to study this. As for our problem, there are so many insane rumors about development of neurointerface. As you know, first generation had serious problems at the beginning. Pilots had hallucinations, delirium after long-time using ACV. It was some kind of addiction to neurointerface. Some of them became mad. It took much time to fix this problem. But it defiantly was fixed. And some time ago new rumors appeared that new ones have the same issue. So, there were not many people who wanted to be test pilot. –Just rumors?!! – Lambert shouted as loud as he could, so his potential employer flinched. – I don’t see rumors. I see facts. Lebel became insane when he was driving ACV. It wasn’t in the middle of battle. It was calm sunny day. Nothing should worry him. It could be only fault of machine. And you call that rumor? –Doctor, it seems you didn’t read all the materials, – Stevenson said it calmly and pointed one more folder. – Here is Lebel’s dossier. We haven’t got much information. Paul Lebel. Name could be false. Age about 20. Born in France. In 2007 he and 11 more children were kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and transported to Afghanistan. He spent there about a mount, after that camp was attacked by another radical group and he could run away. Certain Farid Ursa sheltered him. Two years later Farid was killed by robbers and Lebel joined local guerrillas. He took part in civil war when he was 12 (may be 10). In 2017 he was found injured in the cockpit of destroyed ACV by peacemaker forces. Then he was sent back to France to children’s community. In 2018 Lebel went to British Greece and started to work for MechInd. –Well, interesting story. So you are looking for connection between his hard childhood and this incident? And new neurointerface isn’t a reason? – Looks like new information made Lambert calm. –Indeed. –That’s possible, but I need to talk with Paul to be sure. –I’m afraid it’s impossible, – Stevenson objected. – Journalists somehow find out some information about his location and a huge crowd appeared near hospital. They wanted revenge. Now Lebel is missing. He escaped from hospital. Or he was kidnapped. We are trying to find him, but there are still no results. –That’s strange. Something isn’t clear here. Prototype also disappeared, am I right? – doctor was suspicious. –It’s debris. But sometimes just human mistakes, laziness and stupidity are better explanation than conspiracy. However, Colonel McMillan doesn’t think so. You can talk about this with him if you want. It was a total bedlam just after the incident, nobody knew what to do. We know our competitors spied on our developments. Looks like, they stole debris of Hexham. –And what’s special in this ACV? –Everything! Quasi-organic muscles, which can self-repair. Ordinary electro-muscles degrade after some time. Their fibers tear due to stress. Plus combat damage. So muscles should be replaced from time to time. And they’re expensive. New ones can “heal” themselves. Bio computer based AI. Just prototype, but it’s a huge step forward, – there was pride in Stevenson’s words. – Specialist say that one such ACV can fight against 3-5 previous generation vehicles. –Looks like it’s very, very expensive. So, why you didn’t kept this in secret? –As I said, it’s matter of finances. Also most people think this project has no future. It can be closed at any moment. –This incident is very usable for your competitors, don’t you think? [From the mass media] […] That’s an example of criminal negligence. Nobody should give access for such dangerous vehicle without any education. Moreover, the pilot could have psychical illness. And company could find this if they check their stuff better. […] Pilot’s behavior changed, he started responding not clearly. Dispatcher had to notice it. Then the pilot said about hallucinations. But the tests were not interrupted. […] The pilot became insane; he didn’t understand what he was doing. He started to crush everything he saw. An attempt to stop this made him even angrier. […] At the train station he attacked British military forces. 3 APC, 2 ACV and one tank were destroyed. During battle a shell hit train full of toxic chemicals. Fire was started. Then it exploded. An hour later poisonous cloud covered Thessaloniki. Dozens people died, about 1000 were heavily poisoned. […] Hexham was seriously damaged during the battle. Pilot walked 15 miles before ACV shouted down. That’s amazing, but he wasn’t injured. However, his mind was totally broken. He almost nipped off nose of an officer, when British solders tried to arrest him. […] –Heh, Lebel is a remarkable person, you know, – Doctor was really interested. – I’m not a military expert, but that’s amazing. I know new generation ACV and so on. But he has to be genius to do these things. He had no experience in driving that particular vehicle. Moreover, that was just a prototype without weapon and some systems, am I right? And he alone blew up those tanks and ACVs. It wasn’t just talent. He had to have huge combat experience! Lebel could make fantastic career in British forces. Instead, he is badly paid worker in colony. Maybe he hates all this military stuff because of his childhood. But he works with APCs! I don’t understand! –All employees say that mechs were his passion. However, he didn’t communicate much with other staff. Most information came from certain Mary Leonis, his friend. Or girl-friend. Even she didn’t know Paul well. But there can be some difficulties. She’s underage, so if you want meet her, you must reach an agreement with her parents. And they are… difficult persons. –So, that’s a private investigation. Authorities don’t want to interfere. –Yes. You know the situation. Central government thinks that’s problems of colony. Locals don’t want this headache at all. And even those who support separatists are glad. That’s an occasion to call Britain evil empire one more time. So nobody wants it to be official. –And nobody cares about the victims. That’s sad. I think I will help you. *In 2019 Greece is still divided. After WWII Greece is colony of the Great Britain. At the beginning of XXI century the revolution happened. Half or Greece became independent. British Greece is still colony. It’s capital is Thessaloniki. ** ACV – Anthropomorphic Combat Vehicle. Human-like mech. Uses direct link between pilot and machine, called neurointerface for better synchronization and finer and faster control. Hexham ACV by Sunder_59, on Flickr Check this model in 3D on Mecabricks 360 rotation(traffic!)
  12. [MOC] L-11 Hovertank

    Hovertank L-11 by Sunder_59, on Flickr 3D view on Mecabricks
  13. [MOC] Ore prospector

    Model on Mecabricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/QeDvVJb0vBR I'm planning several MOC's connected to mining in space. It can be called Astromining project. Here is the first one. Small starship with two pilots and many different mineral scaners. Ore prospector by Sunder_59, on Flickr
  14. Hi there, I'm proud to present you my last MOC made using LDD. It represents Half-life videogame's first scene : The test chamber After having finished the MOC under LDD, I exported it to Mecabricks for final details and then an other export to blender for the renders. Renders have been made by a friend from french forum "CanardPC" as I experienced some problems with blender on my side. Unforeseen Conesquences by dorian glacet, sur Flickr Unforeseen Conesquences by dorian glacet, sur Flickr Unforeseen Conesquences by dorian glacet, sur Flickr Unforeseen Conesquences by dorian glacet, sur Flickr
  15. Are you having trouble accessing the Mecabricks website? I have important designs stored on there, and I hope all is not lost. I keep on having a "connection reset" error. Is anyone else having trouble getting to Mecabricks? I hope its just a routine site maintenence.
  16. [MOC] Heart of S'jet

    Heart of S'jet by Sunder_59, on Flickr Model on Mecabricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/QVzvM1wNvJp
  17. Hello, With the bad news of LDD not being updated anymore I thought that it was a good timing to start developing an importer for mecabricks. No your collection of lxf files is not going to catch the dust in a dark corner of you hard drive. You might be able soon to upload all of them on mecabricks to keep working on them with the latest parts that are not going to be added to ldd ;-)
  18. [MOC] TIE-Raider

    I'm not a big fan of Star Wars and I've never made good SW MOC's. So this is the first for a long long time. TIE-Raider by Sunder_59, on Flickr Model on MecaBricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/P7l2B9JXa0N
  19. [MOC] Predator light mech

    I like to build mechs, but they are always... not compact. This time I made a little one. Predator Light Mech by Sunder_59, on Flickr Model on Mecabricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/PKbjQyRYjdG
  20. Since this summer, Lego dedicates each month to a particular BIONICLE element on the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page, where they post concept arts and MOCs. I was inspired by Corvin's first MOC, published in July to build a display base for Tahu, Lewa and Onua on Mecabricks. August was the the Month of Fire, so I've started with a modular volcanic area for Tahu, the Master of Fire : Each module is build on a 16*16 plate, and the different modules can be rearranged in several ways, as you can see on the renders above. You can see every angle of the model with the 3D viewer on Mecabricks. Then, I've built another MOC in October, during the Month of Jungle. This time, it was an environment for Lewa, the Master of... Jungle. This one isn't modular, I didn't have much time, so I've built it on a 32*32 surface : My favourite part of the MOC is the stone pillar with the writings on it. I also really like the dragonflies, and mainly their heads, made with a Friends heart. You can see more renderings here, and view the MOC in 3D on Mecabricks. Finally, in November (the Month of Earth), I've built a cave for Onua. I knew since the beginning of my project that I would include some crystals, but it's only when I saw Matt Betteker's fantastic artwork that I decided to add a Nuva Cube, with Onua's Nuva Symbol. In the meantime, I've improved my rendering skills, which allowed me to make the crystal glow : Again, you can see more renders in the Flickr album, and see the model in 3D with the viewer on the Mecabricks page. Enjoy ! Note to the Mods : I didn't know exactly in which section put my MOC, so if anyone wants it to be in the Constraction forum, or in the LDD forum, then feel free to move the thread.
  21. [MOC] Unmanned tank

    Unmanned Tank by Sunder_59, on Flickr Model on Mecabricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/1pyj61ow2Rq
  22. [MOC] Lucky Bird caveracer

    Cave Racer by Sunder_59, on Flickr Model on Mecabricks: http://mecabricks.com/en/models/yr1211yw2lB
  23. Hello, I'm starting a little contest on Mecabricks where you could win set 75901 - Scooby-Doo Mystery Plane Adventures. For that, you need to build an alternative digital model with the parts contained in set 75901. I made a template on Mecabricks that contains all the bricks that you could use. Simply open it in the workshop and start building. Entries shall be received before 31 October 2015 to be considered. For more information check this page. Thanks to Superkalle for allowing me to announce the contest on eurobricks.
  24. [MOC] Speeder MK.II

    Just unnamed speeder. Nothing more.