The legolizer software converts any triangular mesh, a 3D model, into a 3D Lego model.
The digital 3D Lego model can be used for 3D animation and/or stills or used to build a custom Lego sculpture with real Lego bricks.
If you want to build a Lego sculpture yourself the Lego sculpture need to be stiff and strong. The legolizer software is optimized for maximum strength; prefference for overlapping and staggering above stacking. Besided the 3D Lego model the legolizer generates a series of blueprints. Each layer is a seperate blueprint to make the manual build process as easy as possible.
A Porsche made of lego, by Lego Certified Professional R. Hoffmeister and A. Al-Rubaie from 1000steine.com. A basic, mono-coloured lego structure was made using the legolizer. René and his colleague used it as a basis and then fine-tuned it, added the patterns and colouring and, last but not least, built this impressive piece of lego art.
Once the complete 3D lego model has been generated, it's time to generate a blueprint for each vertical layer of lego bricks and start building the real lego object. If you want to use the 3D lego model for 3D this step is not neccessary.
Reproducing the blueprints on a one-on-one basis is not sufficient to build the real lego object.
The real object is not rigid enough to withstand gravity. For this
project the lego bricks on the outside needed to be approxiamately 3
lego units thick.
For instance, to prevent the arms from falling down, more bricks are needed. The inside needed a internal structure as well to prevent the object from collapsing from under it's weight. During the building phase these additional lego bricks are applied.
To build a lego model, you can either use only lego bricks or a combination of lego bricks and lego plates. The following examples show both options.
A model made of lego bricks only. In addition to the model, there is a list showing the lego bricks used, including colour, element ID, price per lego brick and total price.
A model made of lego bricks and lego plates. Notice that the vertical resolution is tripled compared to the lego bricks-only model. The downside of this option is the increased price compared to the lego bricks-only model.
Lego Bricks & Color
To reproduce the colors of the original 3D model you can use any color for the lego bricks. This approach works fine as long as the legolized object is virtual, meaning that it can be used for a 3D animation and/or 3D still.
Building a legolized 3D model as a real-life lego object may be a problem. lego bricks are available in a limited range of colors. A 1 x 1 lego brick is available in the following colors: white, bright red, bright blue, bright yellow, black, dark green, brick yellow, bright orange, medium blue, dark stone gray, reddish brown, medium stone gray, bright yellowish green, light purple, bright purple and medium azure. Depending on the lego brick type, there may be more or less colors available in the pick-a-brick lego store.
For a real-life lego model, the colors of the original 3D model must be converted to one of the available colors, which reduces the fidelity compared to original 3D models (see image above).
A 3D model can be converted into any size you want. If the number of lego bricks is small, the costs are low, and so is the resolution. Depending on the resolution, details may disappear. If the number of lego bricks is low, the original 3D model will be reproduced more precisely.
Lego Bricks and Lego Bricks and Plates
show lego brick model listing
|Brick Name||Color||Element ID||Pieces||Price||Total Price|
|Brick 2x8||Medium Stone Gray||6037399||3||€ 0.38||€ 1.14|
|Brick 2x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211795||3||€ 0.30||€ 0.90|
|Brick 2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211387||94||€ 0.15||€ 14.10|
|Brick 1x10||Medium Stone Gray||4211521||111||€ 0.34||€ 37.74|
|Brick 2x4||Medium Stone Gray||4211385||33||€ 0.23||€ 7.92|
|Brick 1x8||Medium Stone Gray||4211392||91||€ 0.30||€ 27.30|
|Brick Corner 1x2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211349||99||€ 0.23||€ 22.77|
|Brick 1x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211393||179||€ 0.26||€ 46.54|
|Brick 1x1||Medium Stone Gray||4211389||275||€ 0.08||€ 22.00|
|Brick 1x4||Medium Stone Gray||4211394||382||€ 0.15||€ 57.30|
|Brick 2x3||Medium Stone Gray||4211386||77||€ 0.19||€ 14.63|
|Brick 1x3||Medium Stone Gray||4211428||335||€ 0.15||€ 50.25|
|Brick 1x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211388||136||€ 0.11||€ 14.96|
show lego bricks and plates model listing
|Brick Name||Color||Element ID||Pieces||Price||Total Price|
|Plate 2x10||Medium Stone Gray||4211462||2||€ 0.26||€ 0.52|
|Plate 1x4||Medium Stone Gray||4211445||183||€ 0.11||€ 20.13|
|Plate 4x10||Medium Stone Gray||4211402||2||€ 0.56||€ 1.12|
|Brick 1x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211388||622||€ 0.11||€ 68.42|
|Brick 1x1||Medium Stone Gray||4211389||1288||€ 0.08||€ 103.04|
|Plate 2x8||Medium Stone Gray||4211406||2||€ 0.26||€ 0.52|
|Plate 1x8||Medium Stone Gray||4211425||36||€ 0.19||€ 6.84|
|Plate 2x4||Medium Stone Gray||4211395||18||€ 0.15||€ 2.70|
|Plate 2x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211452||13||€ 0.19||€ 2.47|
|Plate 1x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211438||53||€ 0.15||€ 7.95|
|Plate 4x4||Medium Stone Gray||4243797||4||€ 0.23||€ 0.92|
|Plate 1x3||Medium Stone Gray||4211429||235||€ 0.08||€ 18.80|
|Plate 1x1||Medium Stone Gray||4211399||574||€ 0.08||€ 45.92|
|Brick 1X3||Medium Stone Gray||4211428||221||€ 0.15||€ 33.15|
|Brick Corner 1x2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211349||281||€ 0.23||€ 64.63|
|Plate 2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211397||95||€ 0.11||€ 10.45|
|Plate 2x3||Medium Stone Gray||4211396||37||€ 0.15||€ 5.55|
|Brick 1x4||Medium Stone Gray||4211394||132||€ 0.15||€ 19.80|
|Plate 1x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211398||250||€ 0.08||€ 20.00|
|Corner Plate 1x2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211353||181||€ 0.08||€ 14.48|
|Plate 6x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211474||1||€ 0.53||€ 0.53|
|Plate 4x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211404||3||€ 0.45||€ 1.35|
|Brick 1x8||Medium Stone Gray||4211392||6||€ 0.30||€ 1.80|
|Plate 2x12||Medium Stone Gray||4211360||1||€ 0.30||€ 0.30|
|Brick 1x6||Medium Stone Gray||4211393||18||€ 0.26||€ 4.68|
|Brick 2x3||Medium Stone Gray||4211386||39||€ 0.19||€ 7.41|
|Brick 2x2||Medium Stone Gray||4211387||23||€ 0.15||€ 3.45|
Interactive 3D Lego Applications
Take a look at the interactive 3D Lego applications on this website.
Features especially for your customized virtual 3D lego objects:
- Each lego brick is an individual object.
- Highly optimized polygon mesh.
- Lego brick types that fit your requirements.
- Any size.
The lego bricks and plates used to generate the legolized version of a 3D model are adjustable in the conversion program; 2x2 , 2x4, 2x6 lego bricks and so on, or imaginary, non-existing commercially available lego bricks and plates.
Features especially for your customized real-life lego objects
- Adjustable thickness (in lego units).
- Number of bricks and types known in advance as is the total costs.
- Lego brick and plates positioning optimized for maximum strength; prefference for overlapping and staggering above stacking.
- Preference for larger bricks and/or plates; less building time, more strength.
- (Optional) Internal structure for more strength.
- Lego brick types which fit your requirements.
- Blueprint per layer (collection of 2D vector illustrations (see blueprints below this page)).
- Any size.
The conversion program is not commercially available. however, if you want your own 3D model
as legolized 3D object, please feel free to contact me about the costs. The costs depend on
your requirements; size, specific bricks, etc.
If you have any questions/remarks, please feel free to send me an e-mail.