Thursday, November 13, 2014

Really sad news

You may have been thinking - Is it TBs dying?
Hopefully not! Although it's true the posts here have become less and less frequent. Sometimes we need to put our focus and priorities at other things in our lives, and this have been the case indeed.
I believe this a phase that will go and the bigger focus here will return at some point.

Although something really sad pushed me in front of blogger to write a few words today...
A LEGO fan raised my attention yesterday to the fact that Sergio Reano, well known in the community for his tremendous work with SR3D Builder, passed away already sometime ago.
It immediately reminded me a similar tragic happening with James Jessiman, the creator of LDraw, where it all started many years ago.

In fact and as I found later there was a communication at EuroBricks already from 3rd October (more than one month ago) where the sad news were announced. This is buried in the "LDD and other Digital Tools" section with too few answers so far, so I believe the fact is not yet widely known in the community.

I've exchanged some e-mails with Sergio in the past and we even have collaborated with some initiatives here at TBs . I always like to have a face to put on a name, but unfortunately never met Sergio in person, neither found a photo from him online. Just know he worked for Politecnico di Torino.
I think we was a very discrete person but at the same time a very dedicated and interested AFOL. Otherwise he would have not put such a tremendous effort developing SR3D Builder for almost 9 years, always presenting us with top and unique features, we was never able to find in MLCad or even LDD.

Unfortunately I think Sergio never got the attention he would have deserved from TLG (we spoke about that a few times), and I believe he would had much to contribute for LDD with his proven knowledge in the area.

I'd like to leave here my sincere condolences to his family and friends! And to express my gratitude for the good work done.
Wish someone was able to continue his magnificent work, but I'm afraid all SR3D code may have been lost with Sergio forever.

To close I leave you with two of his last videos, where he shown us there was no limits to what he was able to do in terms of CAD modeling and animation.

As Kevin wrote on EB, "May he will find a heaven made in bricks".


Allanp said...

Very sad news indeed. My condolences :(

Carlos Ribeiro said...

1 Million thanks for your legacy Sergio Reano.
My condolences to his family and friends!
I hope there is someone was able to continue his magnificent work in the future , as with the magnificent project developed by James Jessiman (LDraw) in the 90's!

Kenneth Ravnshøj Madsen said...

This is some very sad and shocking news! It’s a huge loss for the community that he’s no longer with us! He always impressed us with his ability to think outside the box and add new brilliant features to his amazing software.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this tough time!

Sergio leaves a great legacy behind and it would be such a shame to see all his hard work in the past 8 years come to an end.

Does anyone know how to get in touch with his family? We would like to offer our help in continuing the legacy of SR 3D Builder as we think it’s the best CAD program for LEGO and have been using it for more than roughly 1000 hours in the past 4 years. Without his software, we wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of the projects we have done. If we could get access to the sourcecode we will make sure to keep the software alive, so his legacy can live on.

On behalf of team
Lasse and Kenneth

Fabio Gazzillo said...

To contact his family send an email to probably his wife replay to the email. I send my condolences to her and her kids.

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