Bricksmith
Bricksmith
3.0

5.0

Bricksmith free download for Mac

Bricksmith

3.0
09 April 2014

Virtual Lego builder.

Overview

Bricksmith allows you to create virtual models of your Lego creations and enjoy them in all three dimensions. It is an excellent tool for creating instructions of your Lego building projects.

Bricksmith offers access to thousands of parts and dozens of colors. It also provides model-making tools for creating steps and submodels for intricate creations. Best of all, you'll never run out of bricks.

The program is based on LDraw, a fan effort to create 3D models of Lego bricks. Converters are available which enable you to feed your creations into a raytracer to produce beautiful 3D renderings.

What's new in Bricksmith

Version 3.0:
New Features
  • LSynth integration with real-time, drag-and-drop constraint editing for creating flexible hoses, chains, bands, etc.
  • Curved parts are drawn with smooth shading
  • Can change spin center to center of selection
  • "Walk-Through" camera mode lets you view your model from the inside.
  • Search feature to select all parts of a particular color or name
  • Translucent parts correctly show the model behind them. (The interiors of translucent parts may not be rendered correctly.)
  • Performance improvements for rendering models with large numbers of parts.
  • "Insert Related" command automatically inserts selected parts that match the selection, e.g. drawers for a cupboard, tires for a wheel, window glass for a window frame.
  • Split Step command
Bugs Fixed
  • Fixed modifier shortcuts for mouse tools not working after invoking a contextual menu on OS X 10.8 and later

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10 Bricksmith Reviews

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Colette
05 November 2009

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Very nice game. My son plays with it. He tests first an idea with it and can realize it than with real Lego.
Like (11)
Version 2.3
bbw7
31 October 2012
When's somebody going to do an app like this for Lincoln Logs?
Like (2)
Version 2.6
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hced
hced
12 November 2012
Whoa, never heard of Lincoln Logs before. Really cool stuff, thanks for the tip.
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Pacman
26 June 2010
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAwesome!!! It works very well. This is the first real successful open-source software I've tried. It looks and feels like a Macintosh application, and on my very first try, I could actually create one of the models that my brother invented in our childhood 30 years ago!! One thing I miss, though, is export step-by-step as PDF (enabling printing would almost do the trick for now, as the print-dialog gives you the opportunity). Beautiful; and I'm impressed on how many parts are included; even the 4.5V motors that are almost impossible to get these days! Good job guys!
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Version 2.4
Colette
05 November 2009
Very nice game. My son plays with it. He tests first an idea with it and can realize it than with real Lego.
Like (11)
Version 2.3
Schoschie
13 May 2007
Have only played with it for a bit and I think it's super cool.
Like (1)
Version 1.6
Jetfiredx
09 October 2006
Very cool little program. Been working on a little model plane off and on for the last couple days and it is just good ol'lego fun! Couple things I would like to see though. First, a display axis in the perspective view would be helpful.(I think my whole plane is turned 90 deg.) Second, either have the color of the preview piece be in the current color or have the color be able to be set to something other than white. Sometimes its hard to make out what you are looking at. I also agree than a different way of finding the parts you want / having a "favorites" would be very nice indeed. Please keep up the great work on it!
Like (1)
Version 1.5
Anonymous
08 November 2005
While this program has a lot of room to grow, it is one FANTASTIC piece of Lego goodness. Thank you thank you thank you! My only complaint is that changing the camera view could be better but otherwise an outstanding contribution to the LDraw community.
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Version 1.2
Anonymous
30 September 2005
pretty cool! I can play lego again, but navigating through briks is not so easy and it will be nice to have a place where you tore your favorite pieces. And some bricks don't appear. Also deplacing elements only with arrows can be a pain.
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Version 1.1
Anonymous
29 September 2005
As a piece of freeware this is simply amazing! Takes a while to get familar with the interface, but all the better for the fun your can have as you build 'stuff' and re-live your childhood.
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Version 1.1
Anonymous
29 September 2005
This is a cool program but it has a very high learning curve. I recomend starting off with a model rather than a Mini-figure because those take some real fine tuning to get them lo look right. But it is rewarding to sit back and see the finished product in 3-D.
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Version 1.1
Anonymous
29 September 2005
Revision notes *are* available ;) New Features * Shading * Fast-draw mode while rotating * Piece Count utility * Dimensions utility (including Legonian Imperial Feet) * Zoom controls in the Part Browser * A simple way to add submodel references * "Customize Toolbar" menu item * Support for "Unofficial" parts folder Bugs Fixed * Canvas is never too small when opening documents. General Notes * Drawing time should be roughly on par with Bricksmith 1.0, despite the drain of shading.
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Version 1.1