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Peeron_to_MLCad Tutorial


Peeron_to_MLCad is useful to simplify the initial phase of implementation, with MLCad, of existing Lego Sets.
It's possible to reduce drastically the time needed to select the parts and find the appropriate colors. 
Peeron_to_MLCad has a simple user interface and can be downloaded at the following address: http://zaxxonit.altervista.org/peeron_to_mlcad.zip

Suppose you want to virtually reproduce the set 4837, a little green  train. The site http://www.peeron.com for every Lego set, offer an inventory of the parts required and represents the starting point of this application. 

Follow these steps to use  Peeron_to_MLCad :

1)  Connect to http://www.peeron.com, make the search (in this case, the 4837 set) and then save the page with the option "Save complete web page" in a folder (is better where Peeroon_to_MLCad was  launched). It's possible to use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. The program was tested with the version 7 of Internet Explorer and with  version 3 of Mozilla.

2)  When you use the program for the first time, click on Set Preferences to check / change the settings (at least  
the first 4). Click on Save Changes to confirm your changes.

3)  Then Click on View *.htm 

4)  Select in the left panel, the htm file name

5)  Click on Select htm

6)   Eventually, modify some options. 

7)  Click on Convert htm --> ldr . The program will create a file which can be read by MLCad. 

8)  Click on Report if you want to see useful informations about the missing parts:

9)  Click on Reset

10) Click on View *. ldr

11) Select in the left panel, the ldr file name 

12) Click on Select ldr

13) Click on Load ldr. The generated file will open with MLCad and  the result is the following:

14) Now, simply "snap to the grid" all the pieces using the appropriate MLCAD-function 

15) Place the pieces so that there is no overlap.

If you have previously (in the step 6) selected the option: "Create Category in MLCad Favorites" you will have also a folder with the pieces imported. 

Now you can start to reproduce the Set !!



1)  Varying the parameters related to the XYZ axes, before to start conversion, you can import the parts in different ways. See below some examples concerning the 4096 Set:

X - Increment = 0                     Y - Increment = 0                     Z - Increment = 0    

X - Random = 400                     Y - Increment = 0                     Z - Random = 400   

X - Random = 1000                     Y - Increment = 0                     Z - Random = 1000   

X - Increment = 400                     Y - Random = 400                     Z - Random = 400  

X - Increment = 0                     Y - Increment = 0                     Z - Increment = 100 

X - Increment = 0                     Y - Increment = 100                     Z - Increment = 0   

2)  The options:  1 piece  / more pieces  and  Color / Gray are obvious.

3)  The other functions: Run LDD, Run LdView, Run SR 3D Builder, Run MLCad are useful only to launch the most common applications of CAD for LEGO.


You can see below the result of other conversions:

Set # 6066-1: Camouflaged Outpost

Set # 6472-1: Gas N' Wash Express

Set # 4954-1: Model Town House

Set # 8672-1: Ferrari Finish Line

Set # 8847-1: Dragster

Set # 6267-1: Lagoon Lock-up

Set # 7824-1: Train Station

Set # 10179-1: Millennium Falcon™

Set # 10189-1: Taj Mahal

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