Imagine, if you will, an infinite box of Lego. Any piece you
want, in any color you want, in any quantity you want–and you
never risk having a cat swallow a piece or accidently walking over
a pile of painful plastic caltrops barefoot at night. That’s what
you get with Lego Digital Designer. You have a palette of hundreds
of pieces–quite probably every piece ever made, at least in the
past few years–and you can build with them (virtually) to your
heart’s content. Even better, when you are done, you can order
every piece you used as a single kit and create your model in
meatspace. You can even print out the step-by-step
It’s hard to imagine anything cooler.
You click and drag your pieces from the toolbox into the virtual
building space. At times, it can be difficult to get the pieces
positioned where you want them–the program wants to snap pieces
together and can sometimes be too “helpful”–but usually rotating
the model to get a clearer view of your target will eliminate the
frustration. The interface is mostly intuitive, but it can take a
little playing around with it to really get comfortable. Sometimes,
pieces won’t click the way you think they should and it’s not
always obvious as to why. Nonetheless, these are very minor
Lego Digital Designer lacks the tactile pleasures of the real
thing, but that’s about the only drawback. You can upload your
models to a shared, online, library, and download other people’s.
The company will check your model to make sure it’s not obscene,
violent, or copyright-violating.
A handful of pieces cannot be ordered, but you are notified that
this is the case when placing them, so no nasty surprises when
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you
can download the latest version of the software.