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Virtual LEGO introduces you to a suite of software that allows you to create and document computer- generated LEGO models. Written by maintainers of LDraw.org, the official hub of LDraw-based LEGO model-building software, the book includes coverage of popular tools such as LDraw, POV-Ray, MLCAD, L3P, 3PAO, and LPub. You'll learn how to use these software packages to build you own creations, make 3D scenes, and create building instructions. The CD-ROM contains all the software readers need to get started, all available LEGO parts models, templates for building instruction layouts, a collection of custom models by LEGO builders worldwide, and a gallery of beautifully rendered scenes created using the advanced techniques in the book's POV-Ray chapters.

What is LDraw?p. 1
Installing the Software and Using This Bookp. 11
Diving In: Creating Your First Modelp. 19
The LDraw Parts Libraryp. 29
Placing, Moving, and Rotating Partsp. 59
Exploring MLCadp. 75
Capturing a Simple Model: The Carp. 101
Complex Models: Sub-modeling and SNOTp. 105
Minifigs, Springs, Rubber Belts, and Morep. 117
Creating and Using Flexible Elementsp. 143
Managing Your Model Filesp. 173
Introduction to Building Instructionsp. 177
Introduction to 3D Renderingp. 207
L3P and L3P Add-Onp. 211
LPub: Automate Building Instruction Renderingsp. 227
POV-Rayp. 255
MegaPOVp. 289
Post-Processing Your Building Instructionsp. 299
LDraw and the Web: Viewing and Publishing Models Onlinep. 321
Building Instructions: Mobile Cranep. 329
Creating Your Own LDraw Partsp. 353
LDraw and LEGO Bricks: Taking the Hobby Furtherp. 373
Glossary of Termsp. 383
Web Linksp. 391
LDraw Community Historyp. 395
LDraw File Format Specificationsp. 399
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ISBN: 9781886411944
ISBN-10: 1886411948
Audience: General
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 11th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.5  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.94