LDraw.org 2018-01 Parts Update Now Available

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LDraw, the original LEGO CAD system, continues to receive parts library updates and the latest one has just been issued:

The 2018-01 LDraw Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 267 new files to the core library, including 171 new parts and 20 new primitives. This update also fixes some minor problems with the 2017-01 update issued in December 2017.

Thanks are of course due to all the part authors who created or corrected parts for this release, and to the reviewers who also play an important role in keeping files moving through the Parts Tracker.

You can preview the new parts in 2018-01 and download the zip file update or Windows install package. Alternatively you can use the LDView menu option File | Check for Library Updates... to install the update.

LDraw is an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. You can use it to document models you have physically built, create building instructions just like LEGO, render 3D photo realistic images of your virtual models and even make animations.


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5 comments on this article

By in Netherlands,

I was looking recently for an alternative to LEGO Digital Designer and I've also taken a look at LDraw, but fortunately LDD also just received a parts update.

By in Germany,

I use both LDD and LDraw semi-regularly. Parts updates are always very much appreciated.

By in United States,

I'm completing a large model 3ft x 3ft x 1.5ft tall (1m x 1m x 0.5m tall) with over 12,000 pieces and LDraw has been a life saver. I built the computer model in LDCad, generated the parts list and renders using LDraw, purchased the pieces from BrickLink and am now building the actual model using the computer model as a set of instructions. The whole process is turning out to be a lot more work than I expected at first, but I'm impressed at how well all of these programs & websites come together to make it easier for us. A great big thank you for everyone working behind the scenes for us AFOLs!

By in United States,

Still waiting on part 10312. I’ve been dabbling in stud.io lately (the first LDraw program I’ve found for Mac that offers decent functionality), but I still find that LDD is more reliable when it comes to including a lot of the types of parts I like to use — especially constraction and other curved or organic-looking parts.

By in United States,

I do wish one app would rise up and become THE standard for people (like me) who want to break into the digital building world but keep hesitating. When you don’t have building apps with official LEGO sponsorship, as great as many LEGO communities are, there’s that little itty bitty doubt. Hell there’s doubt in any app that has official sponsorship.

I’m not articulating this the way I’d intended. Let me put it this way. I use a lot of computer apps. I own my own business, and for me the best app for spreadsheets is Excel. I take lots of photos and do digital manipulation and some digital drawing and painting. Best app? Photoshop. I write frequently and find Word to be the best app to be Word.

On a tablet, Snapseed is a fantastic app for photography manips and touch ups, Procreate kills it for digital painting. Etc., etc. All I’ve mentioned have major support from companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Savage...

I’d like to see a LEGO building app like this. Major support. Continual updates across all operating systems. Tablet versions. Maybe something like this exists and I don’t know about it?

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