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It'd be cool if we had blender animations converted into gifs so we could see how GBC modules work, or their core mechanism.

Posted by SamanthaNguyen on 12 March 2015 at 19:26.
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You could maybe download some GBC module LDR or MPD files and animate them.

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 13 March 2015 at 03:50.
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I wish there were mechanically aware LDRAW software. Someone tried it once, but never finished. I don't remember the name offhand.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 18 March 2015 at 03:09.
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Posted by ALittleSlow on 18 March 2015 at 03:09.

»I wish there were mechanically aware LDRAW software. Someone tried it once, but never finished. I don't remember the name offhand.«
Was it SR 3D Builder?

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 18 March 2015 at 03:43.
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Yep.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 18 March 2015 at 12:48.
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That's some cool software, I might try it out myself. I was also actually of thinking writing some Technic blog tutorials here since it'd be useful, and I love Technic building =)

Posted by SamanthaNguyen on 21 March 2015 at 04:19.
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I played around with Blender recently to explain how to achieve varying speed (but mostly for fun). The physics engine didn't work at all for it (not that I really thought it would). Even with keyframe animation it was difficult to get the result I wanted. Fortunately there is good scripting support. In the end, this is what I managed to produce: [1] (How to embed image?)

That image is tiny, to keep file size small. Animating a full module is probably best done in a video, but to make a good educational animation it's best to remove all extraneous things and only keep the essential parts.

Posted by Torso on 23 March 2015 at 20:41.
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Posted by Torso on 23 March 2015 at 20:41.

»I played around with Blender recently to explain how to achieve varying speed (but mostly for fun). The physics engine didn't work at all for it (not that I really thought it would). Even with keyframe animation it was difficult to get the result I wanted. Fortunately there is good scripting support. In the end, this is what I managed to produce: [1] (How to embed image?)

That image is tiny, to keep file size small. Animating a full module is probably best done in a video, but to make a good educational animation it's best to remove all extraneous things and only keep the essential parts.«

To embed an image, upload it and then embed it using [[File:FILENAMEHERE.gif]]. Further options are documented here. Feel free to play around with wiki syntax in the sandbox.

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 23 March 2015 at 21:05.
Edited by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 23 March 2015 at 21:06.
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So, the forums use wiki syntax. Now I know where to find the documentation. Making an attempt to embed it: File:Http://images.brickimedia.org/9/97/Varspeedgears.gif

Posted by Torso on 23 March 2015 at 21:24.
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Only the filename. Sorry for making so many posts. (Final attempt) Varspeedgears.gif

Posted by Torso on 23 March 2015 at 21:26.
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Looks like the motion from your GBC!

Posted by Torso on 2015-03-23 at 21:26:18.

»Only the filename. Sorry for making so many posts. (Final attempt) «
Looks like the motion from your GBC!

The forum mostly uses Wiki syntax. And instead of previewing, as you doubtless found out, you have to post and edit.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 23 March 2015 at 21:55.
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