Studio Tutorials – Submodels. How to use Submodels in your custom LEGO designs


Hello, everyone and welcome to the fourth studio tutorial!
This time we’re going to be talking about submodels. If you have a large group of bricks that you need to
incorporate into your build, or have multiple of them. Or maybe, you have small parts that need to be replicated.
You are going to be wanting to use submodels because it’s
going to make designing so much easier for you. This is a model I’m currently working on of Winterfell. As I move the mouse around you can see that different
sections have a box around them. What I’ve done is made all these different section into
submodels which, helps me to organize the model. And, if I need to pull the section out by itself and edit
it, it will make it much easier to do so. Here is another example of a design I’m working on
currently that uses submodels quite a bit. You can see on the two side these are submodels and then in
the middle is a great big submodel. And if we go inside of
that there’s submodels within the submodel. If you look on all the side you can see sub model after
submodel after submodel. So I compartmentalize this design to make it much easier to
organize the whole thing so I use submodels a lot in my
designs. Now that you’ve seen how useful they can be I’m going to
show you how to create them. We will grab some bricks out. And select those bricks. In the bottom right-hand corner of
the viewport here, we have a text button that says “Create
into Submodel” You can name it whatever you wish I’m just going to leave it
for now. We have our submodel now if we want to clone that or copy
and paste it to make multiples, it’s just like doing the same thing with a single brick. So will click clone and we can make many of those. Or you
use copy and paste. And I mentioned before in my videos about using copy and
paste. If you have a particularly large submodel it’s going
to occupy a lot of memory. So your best bet is probably to do copy and paste rather
than, cloning with something like that because it’s going to
cause significant leg and your machine. To create a sub model within a sub model, it’s simply a
matter of selecting the submodels you want, to put into that
sub model, and create another sub model. You can link submodels in Studio and, this is going to allow
the changes to be affected across all the same type of
submodel. Right now, because these were copied from each other they’re
already going to be linked. So if I go into one, it’s going to ask me if I want to unlink the submodels or if
I want to edit them all. If we choose the edit all option
and change the colour of the brick, and return to the main model will see that it is changed
both submodels. Sometimes you don’t want that to happen. If you want settle
differences between your submodels or something’s going to
be changed significantly between the two. So in that case, you’re going to unlink from submodel and
now if we go to edit this the changes don’t apply to our
first submodel. If you have two submodels that you want to link together
they have to be identical. If they’re not identical and you
click on the link submodel text it’s going to come up with
an error. If they are identical, we’ll edit this one again to make it
the same as the first, and you link the submodels. Now
again, if you make changes in one it’s going to affect the
other one. If you do a lot of things like plane wings or structures
that have a mirror side. You can use your submodels to copy
and mirror each other. And this has been a real time-saver for me because lately
I’ve been doing a lot of planes. So again in the bottom right-hand corner we click copy and
mirror and Voila it mirrors the bricks for us. Even if you have some models within that submodel it’s going
to mirror everything inside of it, which is really helpful. We’ll go back to this model so, I can talk about editing
submodels a little deeper. We will click on this side and if
we click edit, You can see that we can edit this model and we still have a
shadow of the larger model around us. This can be good because you might want to see the bricks on
the outside of the model. Just in case, you’re going to be adding bricks that cause a
collision. One problem with this is that it takes up a lot of memory to
do that. And, there seems to be a bit of a memory leak in Studio
concerning submodels and using them this way. Another way to get to that section is simply to double-click
on a particular area in the submodel. You can go into any part of it but, if you double-clicked,
it will bring you right to the brick that you had double
clicked on. So if you wanted to select a certain brick this would be the
easiest way to do it. Typically, how I edit a submodel, is going to the Step list,
and finding the submodel in that list, and selecting it
from there. So we’re going to go look for sub model group 7. Right here. Now that’s loaded you can see it doesn’t have the shadow all
around it. So it doesn’t take up nearly as much memory, as it would
have if we had gone in through the edit screen. This seems to get rid of all of the memory lag issues with
submodels. So this is a good work around for that. From here we can edit inside our submodels as we normally
do. So again, double-clicking to bring us in or pressing the
edit button and if we click return to main model. it’s going to bring us to our sub model. And from here if we
click return to main model. It’s going to bring us to the
large model again. If we go in and edit it from this point and then we go to
edit are smaller submodel. We can see here that it says Return to Upper model and
that’s going to bring us to our submodel. And then again we click return to main model and it’ll bring
us to our larger model. Wwhen you’re making instructions and you have submodels
those submodels will be built separately from the main
model. Just like in LEGO instructions where you have separate
pieces that you have to build and then attached to the main
model. I will get into that a bit deeper when I talk about
instructions which, is what I will be doing next time. So I hope you have found this useful. And I hope you turn
with him next time for another Studio tutorial. Thanks so much! Have a fantastic day! Keep Dreaming in
Bricks! Bye bye.

2 thoughts on “Studio Tutorials – Submodels. How to use Submodels in your custom LEGO designs

  1. Can you make a another video of tips like how to connect Lego beam to another Lego beam

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