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Hi everyone,

awesome MB shader, really amazing! Very nice work. I love to work with that shader. I have some trouble with the latest version. I would like to change the value of sss. In the latest build their is a node connected to the sss and I´m not sure how to set the values correctly to increase the sss. Can someone help me?

Thanks a lot – cheerzfull chris
26 Aug 2019, 18:04
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I've been going through the blender files, and I've finally found a simple (but very tedious!!) way to remove the duplicated mesh data.

First, remap the duplicated materials as you said. An easier way is to use Outliner->Blender File->Materials. Right click on each material with a number after it, remap and select the non-numbered version. e.g. mb:solid:24.001 remaps to mb:solid:24. The .001 version of material does not disappear until the file is closed and reopened (or you can clear it immediately by deleting it from Outliner->Orphaned Data->Materials, where it is shown with zero users)

Then, the mesh data can be cleaned of duplicates. Say for example you have a zmbx file containing one brick, 3070, and import this twice. This creates four copies of 3070. "3070" is a mesh with no material, it's orphaned data and will automatically delete when the file is closed. "3070.001" is an independent copy of the mesh with a material (e.g. mb:solid:21). "3070.002" is a duplicate of "3070" from the second import. "3070.003" is a copy of the mesh with an assigned material. If 3070.001 and 3070.003 have different materials, then .003 cannot be remapped to .001 or it will change colour. If they have the same materials (which is why remapping the material names has to be done first
) then you can remap mesh .003 to .001, and .003 is deleted.

I'm not sure if there would be any rendering performance benefits to reducing the numbers of materials and meshes in the file. The only effect I have noticed so far is that file size reduces by 20-50kb for each mesh or material removed. I don't really know where to start writing a python script for blender, do you think it would it be worth trying to make one?
30 Aug 2019, 20:07
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Nice find! To be honest, I have no insight into the Advanced Add-On whatsoever, for Scrubs did it by himself. I only tried to find a simple solution to a not-so-hard problem (as I guessed).
I don't actually know how much of an impact non-duplicates have on build-time, RAM/VRAM consumption and render time, but I'd say it's better to have less non-instances geometry if possible; probably dependent on the total amount of parts that have non-instances (especially which parts) plus the complexity of the shaders. For I'm not a (Python) coder either, I can't estimate whether the work/performance ratio is worth it; but I guess a "look for color.xyz and replace by color.xxx" and "look for part.xyz with color.xxx and replace by part.xxx with color.xxx" isn't too hard if you know a bit of coding, for it wouldn't necessarily require insight into the Add-On itself. So if you happen to find someone with a decent coding knowledge that might actually work, but I'm the wrong guy to ask for it.

Edit: also, just noting, the filesize of Blender files with orphaned data might need a few saves before it lowers noteworthy. I usually reload the same file four to five times and just save over until the lowest filesize is reached.
30 Aug 2019, 21:52
Edited 1 Sep 2019, 12:08
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Hi there! I am having issues with the advanced addon on blender 2.8, I am trying to render a simple scene and the minfigs look realistic but all bricks look really weird, like a mixture of glossy and transparent yet they are solid. What could be causing this? Here is what it looks like: https://imgur.com/a/juk3BSm
1 Sep 2019, 04:44
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btw i did use an aqua color but can you see how its really glossy?
1 Sep 2019, 04:45
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@GeneralTofu You scaled down the model. That is not possible as it breaks the materials. It is made for scale 1:1. 1bu = 1mm.
1 Sep 2019, 05:45
Edited 1 Sep 2019, 05:46
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ah yes i did scale it down, so should i just import it and leave it as is? is there a way i can ever a way i can scale down a model for unique purposes? also should i change the unit system in blender from meters to mm?
1 Sep 2019, 07:07
8 Posts
ok it looks better https://imgur.com/a/ClKM6Lp but is it just me or does the baseplate look off?
1 Sep 2019, 07:26
548 Posts
@NGCHunter2 Yes, there are benefits for having less duplicates of mesh data. Similar, but duplicated, mesh data causes Blender to build each one separately (contributing to a longer build time) as an individual mesh.
1 Sep 2019, 11:06
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@samino this is much more relevant for animation where you have 1000s of frames and therefore 1000s of times the calculation. For a still image that becomes almost irrelevant. The Mecabricks add-on already deals with instancing to limit the amount of memory used as well as render time. Nathan script actually summarises pretty well why I do not reuse data from elements already in the scene when more than one model are imported. I prefer sacrificing a little bit of performance to ensure that everything works in all possible cases. That is a choice. Up to you guys to write your own tools to get extra features like Nathan did
1 Sep 2019, 12:00
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any guides for this?
21 Sep 2019, 22:58
233 Posts
Would it be possible to export Mecabricks groups + subgroups to Blender collections? Sometimes I group parts together in order to be able to rotate or move certain parts of a model in Blender later, and losing those groups during export is resulting in a lot of (often complicated) extra work that won't be necessary if grouping information could be stored in .ZMBX files.

Also, would it be possible to get back to naming the exported parts like their respective LEGO® ID again instead of "mbElement.xyz"? That way, selecting similar parts is made easier, for certain search function only work for object names, not mesh names in Blender (as far as I've experienced).
22 Sep 2019, 13:10
548 Posts
I second this.
22 Sep 2019, 13:19
61 Posts
I definitely second that too.
Often i export my model in pieces because i need to remake the group and pivot point in Blender, on some ship, like the X-Wing, it's primordial to keep that point to make the wing deploy properly.
Having the group exported directly to Blender would save so much work !
22 Sep 2019, 14:19
15 Posts
Hi, I recently bought Mecabricks Advanced using my checking account, and I still don't have it in purchases. Do I need to "activate" the payment?
26 Sep 2019, 21:48
561 Posts
If you don't get an answer here soon, LegoMolder. Use the "Contact Us" in the bottom to contact Scrubs personally about this.
27 Sep 2019, 04:36
3404 Posts
@LegoMolder155 Your order is pending as your payment didn't come through. I'll send you the Paypal email showing that your payment has failed.
27 Sep 2019, 05:00
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Seconding the preservation of groups in Blender + 1 here. : )
27 Sep 2019, 15:21
30 Posts
Seconding the preservation of groups in Blender + 1 here. : )
27 Sep 2019, 15:21
3 Posts
Hi! Are there any options to reduce the scale of the model while preserving the material? It’s not convenient to work on such a scale when trying to make large scenes.
8 Oct 2019, 20:43
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