The LEGO system is based on a regular square grid of stud locations. We normally think of LEGO models as being built by stacking bricks one on top of the other, while staying well within the confines of this grid. However, the most interesting LEGO models out there use creative ways to break out of the grid. The techniques these models employ allow us to build sideways, achieve subtle offsets, create angled walls and even pull off round shapes. Keep reading to discover some of these techniques along with insights into the math that makes them work (with plenty of examples from official LEGO sets as well as custom models).

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