LDD Truck

Red Pickup Truck

Using custom software, I created various models which parts could actually be ordered and shipped to you. I think they also set instructions, if you set them up in the app. This is a small model created virtually via LEGO Digital Designer app.

LDD truck feature image

LEGO Digital Designer Truck

LEGO once had LEGO Digital Designer, and it was a fun 3d software program for its time. Given almost all of LEGO’s element catalog, you designed your own sets. Clearly designed for a younger crowd, the interface had certain limits. It was no Maya, FormZ, or Rhino for sure. It did have great error correction, though. Once a piece was set in place, other pieces couldn’t overlap it, but wouldn’t ‘jump’ to a place where it could. This simple but effective positioning created ‘clean builds’. Failing that, the program could crash wit too many pieces missed placed, or if you re-opened a file that had misplaced elements they were simple removed by the app. The crashing was annoying, but weirdly helpful. The best part of the app was ordering the elements used in your model (plus shipping).

Once delivered, you designed instructions in the app and could print them (the app would include the directions with the parts if you already had them set up before you ordered). Even as an adult, I found wonder and joy in receiving the parts and assembling my own set this way. Look for virtual lego sets on the lego parent page sometime in the future.

Build History

Due to the nature of the CAD software, I discovered positioning/rotating the model in space without worrying about common annoyances like gravity in the physical world very pleasant and effective. To that end, this model contains a lot of building ‘twists’ in my consideration. You’ll notice the front wheel hubs and dumping bed are actually upside-down. This came out of fascination with the clipping/claw and bar techniques. I also brightened to the challenge of using small 1×1 slopes as to hint at he under curve of the hub. This upside-down approach also helped execute the truck bed dumping hinge and compliments the angles of the front of the truck. Sure, it would have been very simple to build the bed in the traditional stacking sense, but why do that… honestly?

The doors don’t hold on so well, but using 1×1 horizontal claw/clips as rearview mirrors was fun. I also took advantage of the mail order process by throwing in extra parts (hence all the tools and clips for tools). I felt sneaky. Sure it put the price point higher, but I found it worth the cost.

another 3/4 shot
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