Many of you, may never heard about 'SR 3D Builder' before!?
A CAD application for PC, which allows you to create LEGO models. It was created by Sergio Reano, who as been working on its successive enhancements, since 2006.
Actually in version 0.3.3.2.
Among 'SR 3D Builder' features, you may find:
- Support for other popular program formats like: .dat; .ldr and .mpd (partially support) files
- 3D view building environment with reflection and transparencies
- Fast selecting/moving/adding/removing
- Copy/Rotation/Deletetion/Color change of single or multiple brick
- Real connections detection (not always the same near brick positioning)
- Brick selection by Block (means that solid connected bricks can be selected at once)
- Grid positioning to speed up positioning of pieces
- Automatic and precise positioning of most bricks according to connection detection
- Automatic detection of rotation axles
- Hinges and gear support (includes real time animation of moving parts)
- Connection Solver for quick connecting hinges and rotating parts
- Towball connection support
- Belt Generator with real connections
- Undo/Redo options and Automatic brick orientation
- Support of unofficial parts
- Management of parts groups
- Exclusive MirrorBuilding features for quick build of symmetric models
- And much more...
Besides extremely fast on real time rendering, while rotating complex models, 'SR 3D Builder' is not just another LEGO CAD application and it is certainly not because of it, that I'm writing here today about.
It was a bit more than one year ago, when I tried a new 'SR 3D Builder' feature which let me totally astonished and which I was not expecting to see any time soon running this smooth, on a desktop PC (and have been since then, promising myself to write here about it...).
Unlike other LEGO CAD programs like LDD, MLCAD (LDraw package) or LeoCAD, this program is easily and automatically capable to detect rotation axles in parts like gears or hinges, solve connections between these parts and animate their movements in real time with proper relative speeds!
Of course I'm here not comparing this, with professional CAD applications like SolidWorks and others similar.
Doubt it? Then take a look in the small sample video below, that I've produced to illustrate the feature.
Amazing, isn't it!?
But if you enjoyed it, then you may want to see some other videos that Sergio recently prepared to show the capabilities of his application.
Some more examples, may also be seen at Sergio's YouTube channel.
Certainly, features like these, would be a great addition to LDD and others, despite different targeted audiences.
And there are still, new features to come...
Once some have shown curiosity to see how does 'SR 3D Builder' animations would perform with large part-count and complex models, I took the hint and produced another video using the 8480 (Space Shuttle) model file.
While in some situations the results produced are really promising, some others are more funny, so to say!
Don't forget some parts may have not been patched to support automatic rotations and some other sections of the model seem not properly connected for some reason, which originates a few disruptions (probably not properly handled during set model definition, whichever CAD application was used to make it). It happens for instance, with some hinge plates at the delta wing.
The model has a complex gearbox with driving rings which require proper setting (positioning), to make the functions to work, but not achievable with simple rotational movements. Thus some preparation required to see every e2e mechanism and respective gears working.
Also the moving parts behave like ghosts, moving into the space already occupied by other parts upon rotation movements. To be honest I was also not expecting it to be different at this stage.
Nevertheless it is possible to properly operate the cargo compartment doors, some of the Canadarm and satellite functions, the front landing gear, etc...
Last Update: 2009.Mar.26 02:29 GMT