Blender Advanced
By Scrubs in Scripts and Addons
The Ultimate LEGO Tool for Blender

After making beautiful renders with the Lite version you want to go a step further. This add-on is for you. Your virtual LEGO® parts will go through a rough treatment and will look like they had a hard time being played with.

The package includes the add-on, a Blender template with pre-defined render settings for a quick start and a user manual to learn how to install and use it.

All future versions of this add-on will be free for current buyers.

Features included
• Use high-resolution part packs available in the Mecabricks online store
• Generate real geometry bevels if requested
• Scratches, fingerprints, dirt - Cycles only
• Automatic detection of stickers
• Automatic detection of printed areas
• Emission input for transparent and milky materials (glow in the dark) - Cycles only
• Geometry and materials instancing to minimize memory and allow bigger scenes to be rendered on GPU
• Tool to randomize part location and rotation
• CPU and GPU ready

Software and files required
Blender
• Environment images [e.g. HDRI Haven]

Important
It is not recommended to scale the parts as it will break the materials. If your blend file is not configured to use mm as the unit of measurement, the imported model may appear big in the viewport. Move the camera away and set the clipping distances appropriately for the viewport and render cameras.

If you wish to scale the model, you shall go through the materials one by one and change the input scale value. However, there is no warranty that it will work properly.

Support
For support regarding the Advanced Add-on, please use this thread in the Mecabricks forum or email me directly.

Mecabricks add-on versions
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Refund Policy
We stand behind our products and your satisfaction with them is important to us. However, because our products are digital goods delivered via Internet download we generally offer no refunds.

If you change your mind about your purchase and you have not downloaded our product, we will happily issue you a refund upon your request.

Refund requests made after you have downloaded our product are handled on a case by case basis and are issued at our sole discretion. Refund requests, if any, must be made within ten (10) days of your original purchase.

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Change Log

revision 2.1.7 [05 Oct 2020]
- Updated template with optimised settings for Blender 2.90
- Added glitter material reference 351
- Added opal base material and references 360, 362, 363, 364 and 365
- Improved coloured transparent materials for Eevee
- Fixed bump map bug for old parts in Eevee
- Updated geometry loader to handle custom split normals
- Updated normal builder to exclude bevel node when specified in configuration files

revision 2.1.6 [31 Mar 2020]
- Added full support of new part system normal map stack

revision 2.1.5 [12 Mar 2020]
- Fixed error occurring when no objects are selected in the viewport before importing a zmbx file

revision 2.1.4 [10 Mar 2020]
- Enabled ambient occlusion in template for Eevee render engine
- Updated normal map calculation for Eevee to avoid seams
- Reverted calculation of normals for stickers
- Fixed bug when viewport if not in object mode at import time
- Set extension of all textures to EXTEND
- Fixed bug with Randomize tool
- Added mute button to remove all materials customization and optimize render time
- Allowed the add-on to run on Blender 2.80
- Tested with Blender 2.82
- Added material 341

revision 2.1.3 [02 Feb 2020]
- Added Eevee support with slightly simplified materials
- Randomized specks and glitter
- Added back colour preview in viewport solid mode
- Fixed issue with old decorated transparent parts

revision 2.1.2 [16 Jan 2020]
- Default value for texture extension is set to CLIP
- Added 1199 in the material list
- Fixed error log for materials not found

revision 2.1.1 [15 Jan 2020]
- Fixed bugs for Blender Windows

revision 2.1.0 [14 Jan 2020]
- Add-on fully rewritten to handle the new Mecabricks part system
- Meshes imported are the original version as modeled not as triangulated by Mecabricks
- Removed support for Blender 2.79

revision 2.0.4 [31 May 2019]
- Added support for High-Resolution part packs
- Controlled SSS radius with a mathematical function
- Updated value of black rubber material
- Fixed colour issue with sticker material
- Updated units in template file
- Added Vibrant Coral color to add-on 1.1.2 for Blender 2.79

revision 2.0.3 [18 Apr 2019]
- Fixed Milky material

revision 2.0.2 [17 Apr 2019]
- Improved transparent material. Lamps located inside transparent elements (decorated or not) are now correctly lighting the scene
- Added emission input for transparent, glitter and transparent decorated materials

revision 2.0.1 [13 Apr 2019]
- Updated transparent material
- Updated metal material
- Updated metal ink material for printed elements
- Reorganised shaders and node groups

revision 2.0.0 [8 Feb 2019]
- Updated add-on to make it work with Blender 2.80
- Accepts new Mecabricks file format .zmbx instead of Collada .dae
- Improved import speed
- Added value for new material Vibrant Coral 353
- Updated value for material Transparent 40
- Updated rubber material
- Includes Add-on 1.1.1 for official version of Blender 2.79

revision 1.1.1 [17 Feb 2018]
- Updated values for 150 and 139
- Added materials 334, 346 and 1106

revision 1.1.0 [24 Sep 2017]
- Updated User manual.
- Added import options to import meshes as is.
- Added tool panel to change the appearance of materials including: Bevel Shader, Color Shift, Wear and Tear, Flatness
- Added operator to randomize location and rotation of selected parts.
- Removed add-on preferences.
- Updated materials Pearlescent, Metal and Decoration.
- Updated template with pre-defined settings for filmic and denoiser.
- No backward compatibility with Blender versions lower than 2.79.

revision 1.0.2 [01 Aug 2017]
- Fixed a bug that slowed down the import process significantly.
- Fixed issues with transparent decorated parts.
- Imported parts are automatically added in an empty object named after the model.
- After process is completed, only the empty object is selected instead of all imported parts.
- Added backdrop to template files.
- Added option to mark sharp edges as freestyle edges. All other mesh operations are canceled as bevels are not needed anymore i.e. covered by freestyle lines. It is available for Advanced and Lite shaders.

revision 1.0.1 [24 Jun 2017]
- Adapted the code to make it work with the workshop exporter update.
- Fixed material replacement bugs.
- Updated mb_decoration to make it work with multi-transparent parts and parts having transparent inserts.
- Updated default value of bevel segments to 3.

revision 1.0.0 [17 Jun 2017]
- Script has been converted to an add-on. Models can be imported in any Blender scenes.
- Updated materials.
- Included Lite shaders. See add-on preferences.
- Included Principled BSDF based shaders.
- Included templates with pre-defined render settings.

revision 0.1.10 [11 Jun 2017]
- Updated code to make the script work with changes made to the Collada Mecabricks exporter.

revision 0.1.9 [09 Jun 2017]
- Changed default setting of Edge Split modifier to True to avoid flat surfaces being rounded
- Lowered transmission bounces to 8

revision 0.1.8 [08 Jun 2017]
- Optimized the script execution time (10x to 20x faster)
- Added a debug mode to display script information in the console
- Added instancing mode to minimize the memory needed and speed up scene build time
- Removed auto setting of colour management. It is up to the user to have the correct mode selected

revision 0.1.7 [30 May 2017]
- Updated mb_sticker to support decorated parts with stickers containing chrome materials
- Updated all Color Ramp node to constant interpolation
- Updated mb_pearl_effect from mb_pearlescent material
- Added separate input to all materials to control fingerprint strength
- Updated functions.py script to support fingerprint input

revision 0.1.6 [01 May 2017]
- Corrected various bugs in the material shaders
- Redesigned Metal and Pearlescent materials
- Added dirt texture
- Updated default values for all materials
- Renamed Fingerprints input to Dirt
- Corrected hex values for chrome materials 309, 310 and 2000

revision 0.1.5 [17 Mar 2017]
- Redesigned and simplified mb_transparent. Render time has decreased for objects with transparent material assigned.
- Updated colors.py, functions.py and mb_decoration to work with new mb_transparent node
- Lowered strength of mb_flatness

revision 0.1.4 [14 Mar 2017]
- Updated replace.py and functions.py to make the script work with the latest improvements of the DAE exporter
- Redesigned mb_decoration and mb_sticker
- Added mb_print and mb_background
- Auto detection of decorated parts background material
- shinny areas of prints and stickers appear with appropriate materials
- Bump map automatically generated for printed areas

revision 0.1.3 [10 Mar 2017]
- Fixed default value for bump input of mb_decoration
- Updated replace.py and Subdivision.py to be able to use the experimental subdivision feature.

revision 0.1.2 [08 Mar 2017]
- Improved mb_flatness
- Improved mb_color
- Added a "color variation" input to material nodes with default value 0.1
- Updated default value of deep scratches

revision 0.1.1 [07 Mar 2017]
- Fixed mb_decoration material
- Updated SSS fall off to Cubic with Sharpness 1

revision 0.1.0 [06 Mar 2017]
- First issue
Add to Cart
$25.00
File Formats
ZIP (.zip)
12.3MB
Specifications
Published on
2017-03-06
Updated on
2020-10-05
Software
Blender
Version
≥ 2.80
License
General