Lego Digital Designer

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LEGO Digital Designer
Lego Digital Designer (emblem).png
Building a creation in the program
Building a creation in the program
Developer(s) The Lego Group
Initial release 2004; 14 years ago (2004)
Stable release
4.3.11 / January 9, 2018; 8 months ago (2018-01-09)
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
mac OS X 10.1 or higher
Size 276 - 285 MB
Available in English, German
Type Computer-aided design
License Freeware
Website www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) is a freeware computer program produced by the Lego Group as a part of LEGO Design byME.[1][2] It is available for macOS and Windows. The program allows users to build models using virtual Lego bricks, in a computer-aided design like manner. Until January 16, 2012, these could be uploaded, along with instructions and a box design, to the Lego Design byME website, from where the models could be ordered for delivery as a real, packaged set. Users can also take screenshots of their models and store the models on their computer in an .LXF file.

On January 21, 2016, LEGO announced the project had been defunded, and would not receive additional updates.[3] However, in March 2016, a new updated version, 4.3.9, was uploaded. In late 2017, the last uploaded version 4.3.10 was officially discontinued, and users no longer can upload their creations to public, but still can download the program via the official LDD website.

Features[edit]

The program features a palette of bricks and pieces in different colours that can be used to build any model imaginable. Only a subset of the bricks made by LEGO are available for use in regular mode. The more comprehensive LDD Extended mode allows any brick to be put in any color, but these were not available through the LEGO Design byME service. There is also a mode for viewing in which screenshots can be taken and the model can be "exploded". A third mode automatically generates building instructions to an .html file.

LEGO Digital Designer was one of the modeling programs used to create The LEGO Movie.

End of model delivery service[edit]

On November 9, 2011, LEGO declared that the Design byME service was going to end on January 16, 2012 due to its failure to meet quality expectations and for being too complex. In its absence, custom brick orders have had to be made via the Pick a Brick service. The closing of Design byME has not affected the ability of LDD users to print custom instructions for their models.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "LEGO.com Digital Designer Virtual Building Software - Download". © 2011 The LEGO Group. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  2. ^ "The Lego Group Lego Digital Designer 2.0 - reviews - Software and Services - Education - PC World Australia". © 2011 IDG Communications. ABN 14 001 592 650. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  3. ^ "LEGO Digital Designer officially defunded and unsupported [News] | The Brothers Brick". The Brothers Brick. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ "Changes to Design byME in January". Lego. 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-11-17.

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