Sunday, August 11, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #33 - SR 3D Builder user interface tutorials

If you are used ti LEGO CAD tools like LDD or MLCad, you're likely to know SR 3D Builder by Sergio Reano as well.
SR 3D is probably the most advanced and powerful toll, to design digital models of your imagination, but some also complain on its not so intuitive user interface.

Probably realizing on that, Sergio prepared a few videos with tutorials, explaining the basics of SR 3D user interface.
Hence we have not one video this week, but three of them...

I'm sure you're now much better prepared to start your endeavor modeling your latest project with SR 3D.


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Unknown said...

Yes, it's much more powerful tool for drawing various models, but for me LDD is much easier to use, just because of few simple things:
- simple camera move (easy to center camera on some point and just rotate around it, and it never rotates around z axis (relative to camera)
- all parts are always snapping to the grid, and not floating like in SR 3D builder.
- easier to distinguish separate parts in LDD than in SR 3D builder in the parts panel. Maybe it's because gray part on black background doesn't seem very good... and I think generally in LDD they are bigger than in SR 3D. If Sergio would make these changes, then I think it would be much easier to use this tool.

Jetro said...

There is an "LDD" rotation mode available in SR3D. It just isn't the default. You can set it in the options menu. For more information read the tutorial in HispaBrick Magazine 017

Unknown said...

And to set a rotation center, just right click on any part and set it as rotation centre from the appearing contextual menu.
The floating grid is a choice allowing it to be set conforming to any brick in the model allowing easy part placement on any tilted planes as if they where perfectly horizontal (thing that is a bit a nightmare using LDD if you are building on a reversed plate).
Have a look at the manual for further details...
Also the mirror building feature takes advantages from that.

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