Assemblme – Lego Animation Made Easy!

by Bricks Brought to Life in Scripts and Addons

Instructions:

  • Open up the AssemblMe UI panel from the 3D viewport by pressing the 'N' key and selecting the 'AssemblMe' tab on the far right.
  • Choose the object group you wish to animate in the 'Animations' dropdown, or create a new group by selecting target objects and clicking 'From Selection'.
  • Adjust the animation by selecting a preset or customizing your own parameters in the 'Settings' dropdown.
  • Click 'Create Build Animation'
  • To edit your animation, simply adjust the settings and click 'Update Build Animation'
  • To start from scratch, click 'Start Over' (this will clear ALL animation data from objects affected by the 'Create Build Animation' button)
  • Manage your own custom presets in the 'Preset Manager' dropdown menu.


Installation:

  • You can download AssemblMe from your account dashboard on the Blender Market, assuming you’ve already purchased it.
  • The easiest way to install AssemblMe is to do so directly from Blender. You can do this by going to Edit > Preferences > Add-ons > Install. This will open a File Browser in Blender, allowing to you navigate to and select the .zip file you downloaded. Press 'Install Addon'.
  • If your browser auto-extracted the downloaded .zip file then you will need to re-compress AssemblMe folder before installing.
  • Once installed, Blender should automatically filter the addons list to show only AssemblMe. You can then enable the add-on by clicking the checkbox on the upper right of the add-on panel.


Settings:

  • Preset Choose a preset to adjust all settings automatically for a specific look
  • Start First frame of the (dis)assembly animation
  • Step Number of frames to skip forward between each object selection
  • Velocity – Speed of individual object layers
    • 2 ^ (10 - Velocity) = duration of the animation (in frames) for each object selection layer
  • Location X/Y/Z – Offset object locations by these X, Y, and Z values during the animation
  • Location Interpolation Mode – Interpolation mode for the object location animation
  • Location Random – Randomize the object location offset
  • Rotation X/Y/Z – Offset object rotations by these X, Y, and Z values during the animation
  • Rotation Interpolation Mode – Interpolation mode for the object rotation animation
  • Rotation Random – Strength of speckle effect in material's reflection (controls amount of noise in reflection map)
  • Layer Orientation X/Y – Orientation of the bounding box that selects objects for each layer in the animation
    • Click the grey "eye" button to visualize the object selection layer as you tweak the settings.
  • Layer Orientation Random – Randomize the orientation of the bounding box that selects objects for each frame
  • Layer Height – Height of the bounding box that selects objects for each layer in the animation
  • Build Type – Choose whether to assemble or disassemble the objects (reverses the animation)
  • Assemble from other direction – Invert the animation so the objects start (dis)assembling from the other side (top to bottom vs. bottom to top, left to right vs. right to left)


Advanced Settings:

  • Skip Empty Selections Skip frames where no objects were included in the current frame's bounding box
  • Use Global Orientation Use global orientation for creating animation (local orientation if disabled)
  • Ignore Non-Mesh Objects – Non-mesh objects will be excluded from the animation
  • Visualizer Scale – Scale of layer orientation visualizer
  • Visualizer Resolution – Resolution of layer orientation visualizer


Preset Manager:

  • Create New Preset If you've made an animation with settings you want to save for later, you have the option to create a custom preset by typing the name of the preset here, and clicking "Create".
  • Remove Preset If you want to remove a preset from AssemblMe, you have the option to select it in the dropdown menu and press "Remove".
  • Restoring Removed Preset Follow these steps to restore a removed preset:
    • Navigate to the AssemblMe presets folder in your Blender scripts directory (e.g. ~/Library/Application Support/Blender/2.78c/scripts/presets/assemblme)
    • From this directory, navigate to the 'backups' folder
    • Select and copy the preset files you would like to restore
    • Paste the copied preset files into the parent directory '...scripts/presets/assemblme'