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07 February 2014

If you're a Lego fan, or know one, hang on to your seat!

HT: Core77, who had this to say about the latest in simulated toys:

Most of us who like building things loved Legos as a kid. There were just a few gripes: Inevitably you'd build something and run out of a particularly-sized piece, or you wished for different colors, or two pieces would become stuck together so badly that scientists at CERN couldn't separate them.

Well folks, the future is here. Google has teamed up with Lego to release Build with Chrome, a free, browser-based version of Lego! (Works in Firefox and Chrome, I've not tried Safari.) You select whatever sized-piece you want and drop it into your construction with mouseclicks. It's 3D, so you can rotate the build platform by dragging. You can change colors at will. And in the tutorials at least, the supply of pieces is unlimited.

The next trick will be to take things one step further, and have Lego take your model and make your custom kit for you so you can re-create it in the real world. Or perhaps, take things two steps further and upload the virtual models you create with a license from Lego to a 3D printer and make your own.

The actual future of manufacturing is probably nothing like you've ever thought it will be.


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