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SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:43 am

Hi,
maybe this is the wrong place for posting this message, but no other seems better to me.
If this is boring you, then delete this message.

I'm here to present you a new software for building Lego models with your PC
It's a free software and you can dowload for free from
http://staff.polito.it/sergio.reano/

Looking at some video worths more than 1000 words:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xSe ... iew=videos

enjoy building

Sergio
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Iare Tosevite » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:00 am

Seems nice I'll check it out.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Joedward » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:03 am

Just looked through a few of those videos, and this just looks amazing.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby liquidcross » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:59 am

Any plans for Mac or Linux versions?
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:55 am

liquidcross wrote:Any plans for Mac or Linux versions?


No, sorry, I use DirectX and are available only on MS OSs
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby gfxguy » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:50 am

liquidcross wrote:Any plans for Mac or Linux versions?


I've been playing with VM-Ware's free virtual machine player... you still need a valid copies of Windows, though, but I had to duel boot before, now I can just boot up XP in a window.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby liquidcross » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:22 am

gfxguy wrote:
liquidcross wrote:Any plans for Mac or Linux versions?


I've been playing with VM-Ware's free virtual machine player... you still need a valid copies of Windows, though, but I had to duel boot before, now I can just boot up XP in a window.

I use the full VMware Workstation on my Linux laptop. Problem is...no 3D card. :(
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby gfxguy » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:46 pm

liquidcross wrote:I use the full VMware Workstation on my Linux laptop. Problem is...no 3D card. :(


Well... you wouldn't have a 3D card even if he did make the program for Linux.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby onions » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:27 am

aren't you just advertising?
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Turkguy19 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:36 am

I'll stick with my easy to use, and less hardware intensive MLCad....
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:59 pm

Well, the program is absolutely free!

It's your choice !!

onions wrote:aren't you just advertising?
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:03 am

Yes, I know MLCad, but:
- what about working with slope plane
- what about automatic orienting of parts
- what about automatic snap to part connecting point
It's a nightmare !!!

Have you tried SR Builder?

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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Turkguy19 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:32 am

What about em? I know how to use MLCad just fine, so why would I want to learn another program when this one works just well for me? Just because you say it's better?
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:52 pm

Turkguy19 wrote:What about em? I know how to use MLCad just fine, so why would I want to learn another program when this one works just well for me? Just because you say it's better?


Hi,
I'm writing this application because I'm unsatisfied of how other application works:
MLCad is a great application for "drawing" Lego models with a lot of utility around it but has some huge limitations:
- Parts alignment is not always precise
- Rotating parts is approximate: to perform precise rotation you need to enter values in matrix!!
- There are not REAL connections, just parts positioned near other parts
- Positioning parts on sloped planes is a nightmare
- No ways to test your model functionality

Using SR 3D Builder solves all the above issues:
- Parts and rotating hinges snap to possible connections
- Parts are really connected
- The hinge solver let you to correct align 2 holes (or whatever connections) to let, for example, an axle insertion
- The dynamic grid positioning let you work on sloped planes like if they where perfectly horizontally
- Many (not all) mechanism are automatically detected and you can see your model working like in the real world
- Easy to use (easier than MLCAD)
- Read manual (still incomplete) for a brief of what you can do and how

after saying that, it's your choice trying it or not...

byes

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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Iare Tosevite » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:31 am

Jeez. Your program may be all that but when I tried to run it, it let me select the ldraw directory.

I did that, but it closed with an error. It now closes with an error each time I run it. Don't ever set program to close with error if theres misconfiguration. It gives users NO chance to fix problems.

Okay I figured it out but why is there no "New" menu item? I tried "clear" but item I added doen't go away.

Note I said "item"? It's because I couldn't add any more items than the one I added. Each time I try, the item gets replaced with other item I selected. I tried "Help" but it says use space or enter, which does nothing but refresh screen with nothing added.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby xsergio74 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:26 am

Iare Tosevite wrote:Jeez. Your program may be all that but when I tried to run it, it let me select the ldraw directory.

I did that, but it closed with an error. It now closes with an error each time I run it. Don't ever set program to close with error if theres misconfiguration. It gives users NO chance to fix problems.

Okay I figured it out but why is there no "New" menu item? I tried "clear" but item I added doen't go away.

Note I said "item"? It's because I couldn't add any more items than the one I added. Each time I try, the item gets replaced with other item I selected. I tried "Help" but it says use space or enter, which does nothing but refresh screen with nothing added.


Hi,
I fixed the configuration problem in the next release.
To add item to model space, press <SpaceBar> or <Enter> while the mouse is over the model space window (not on the menubar or over the toolbox)

Taking a look at the manual may help you
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby Turkguy19 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:24 am

xsergio74 wrote:MLCad is a great application for "drawing" Lego models with a lot of utility around it but has some huge limitations:
- Parts alignment is not always precise


The worst precision I have had in MLcad is about a millimeter off, and quite frankly, I dont see that as a problem.

- Rotating parts is approximate: to perform precise rotation you need to enter values in matrix!!


I can get pretty precise angles. And, truthfully, the matrix isn't hard to use.

- There are not REAL connections, just parts positioned near other parts


That's what grouping parts is for. Once you have a chunk built how you want it, you can group it, and then they will be one.

- Positioning parts on sloped planes is a nightmare


That's why you position them on a flat plane, then rotate them with the connection.

- No ways to test your model functionality


So?


It seems you are claiming it is easy to use, but you wrote the program, so of course it's gonna be easy for you to use. MLCad is easy to use if you know how to, and it seems you didn't.
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Re: SR 3D Builder LEGO simulator

Postby donneyboy » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:21 pm

I'm gonna download it and see how it runs.
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