Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the LEGO System
    1. Basic terms
    2. Common LEGO elements
    3. The geometry of LEGO bricks
    4. LEGO measurement units
    5. Digital building using Bricklink Studio
  2. All about scale
    1. The concept of scale
    2. Common scales used in LEGO models
    3. Upscaled bricks
    4. Choosing a scale for your model
    5. Translating real dimensions to LEGO units
  3. Basic LEGO techniques
    1. Interlocking bricks for a sturdy structure
    2. Alternating the orientation of bricks between layers
    3. Tapering using offsets
    4. Tapering using slopes
    5. “Illegal” techniques
  4. Half stud offsets
    1. Half stud offsets in one and two dimensions
    2. Creating recessed wall sections, windows, etc.
    3. Centering elements with odd vs. even number of studs
    4. Smoother tapers using jumper plates
    5. Tapering by unequal amounts in two dimensions
    6. Other uses of jumper plates
  5. Building sideways aka SNOT
    1. The headlight brick
    2. Bricks with studs on their sides
    3. SNOT with half stud offsets
    4. Plates with studs on their sides
    5. Brackets
    6. Half plate offsets
    7. Quarter plate offsets
    8. Stud reversal
  6. Angled Walls
    1. Angled wall basics
    2. Angled walls using hinge elements
    3. Angled walls using turntables
    4. Near triples
    5. Using jumper plates for even more options
    6. The “mirrored hypotenuse” technique
    7. The “switched diagonals” technique
    8. Creating polygonal walls with LEGO
    9. Building angled walls in Bricklink Studio
  7. Round Shapes
    1. Using SNOT to create small cylinders
    2. Bending LEGO walls to create round shapes
    3. Mixing regular bricks with round bricks to create round walls
    4. Round walls using hinge elements
    5. Building round walls in Bricklink Studio
    6. Building a sphere by stacking bricks or plates
    7. Lowell spheres
  8. Mosaics
    1. Image resolution and color depth
    2. Image resizing, color quantization and dithering
    3. Regular mosaics
    4. Studs-up mosaics
    5. Lenticular mosaics
    6. Isometric pattern mosaics
    7. Creating mosaics in Bricklink Studio
  9. Sculptures
    1. Introduction to 3D models
    2. Voxelization
    3. Studs-up sculptures
    4. Mixing bricks and plates in studs-up sculptures
    5. SNOT sculptures
    6. Creating sculptures in Bricklink Studio