Assemblme – Lego Animation Made Easy!

by Bricks Brought to Life in Scripts and Addons

Iterative object assembly animations made simple

AssemblMe is an add-on for Blender that makes layer-by-layer animation efficient and non-destructive. Blender offers excellent physics and particle simulation tools, but when you've got a final resting place for your objects, you'll find yourself keyframing each object individually. AssemblMe provides an intuitive and efficient workflow for creating (and adjusting) assembly and disassembly animations in seconds.

AssemblMe for LEGO Structures


So you've got a LEGO (or Minecraft!) model in Blender, and you'd like to animate the bricks building themselves. That's great! That's exactly the problem this add-on was designed to solve. Select your model, hit 'Create Build Animation', and you're done! That's right, it's as easy as that! There are plenty of parameters for you to play around with, so you can tweak the animation to look just like you envisioned it. Works great with the Bricker add on!

AssemblMe for Motion Graphics

Motion graphics and logo design with multiple objects in Blender is also a breeze with AssemblMe. Simply add all of the objects to a group, adjust the parameters to your liking, and create the animation for a beautiful assembly motion graphic in seconds! NOTE: Animation is currently limited to straight lines from the starting position to the final resting position (though the starting/resting positions are very customizable).


Intuitive UI

We worked closely with artists to develop a simple and intuitive UI, complete with in-viewport animation guides, customizable and relevant status updates, and a wide range of intuitive animation parameters for complete customization. Our goal was to develop an add-on so intuitive that you'll never find yourself asking "what does this do?" or "how do I get this to do what I want?". If you're new to Blender, this add-on is for you.


Features

  • Customizable layer size and orientation, build speed, velocity, and more.
  • Bricks/Objects can be assembled or disassembled from any orientation.
  • Initial location and rotation of brick/object can be customized and/or randomized.
  • Create and manage multiple build animations in the same scene.
  • Try out the default presets (Standard Build, Rain, Explode) or create your own!
  • Convenient 'Start Over' button to clear generated animation.
  • The sky is the (performance) limit! 'Create Build Animation' operation took just 1 second to run with over 2,000 objects on a standard laptop.


Future Improvements

Our latest releases have added many features that you had been requesting. We hope to add functionality for animating objects along a curve in a future release (free to update), so keep your eye out for that!


Change Log

Version 1.3.1 - 11/2/19

  • Updated compatibility with Bricker to support upcoming release
  • Fixed issues reported by users


Version 1.3.0

  • UI now conforms to 2.80 interface standards
  • Multiple animations can now be applied to a single collection
  • Various minor fixes and improvements


Version 1.2.2

  • AssemblMe now supports Blender 2.80!
    • Maintains backwards compatibility with Blender 2.79
  • Maximum 'Velocity' value was increased from 10 to 100 (user requested)


Version 1.2.1

  • Fixed issue with disassemble animation timing
  • Other minor fixes
  • NOTE: No longer supports Blender versions earlier than 2.79.


Version 1.2.0

  • New default preset 'Fly-In'!
  • UI Improvements (Advanced options now included in settings and stored with presets)
  • Custom presets now persist through version updates
  • Dozens of bug fixes and improvements


Version 1.1.6

  • Updated Addon Updater to v1.0.5
  • Fixed issue preventing multiple animations in the same scene


Version 1.1.5

  • Improved explosion preset to handle large models
  • Increased maximum values for many inputs


Version 1.1.4

  • Fixed addon installation issue


Version 1.1.3

  • Added 'Use Global Location' advanced option for child objects
  • Improved code organization and efficiency
  • Dozens of bug fixes


Version 1.1.2

  • Auto-updater added for convenient updating within blender's interface!


Version 1.1.1

  • Increased max parameter values and reworked 'Velocity' parameter to be more intuitive and flexible (Velocity values set with previous versions of AssemblMe will be updated automatically)
  • New preset: "Step-by-Step" for slowly stepping through each layer
  • You can now delete (and restore deleted) default presets
  • Fixed a few minor issues


Version 1.1.0

  • Added functionality for creating and managing multiple build animations in the same scene
  • Added preset manager for creating and removing custom presets
  • Visualizer now auto-updates!
  • Massive file size reduction (over 400x smaller)
  • Fixed a few other misc issues


Version 1.0.1

  • Performance improvements for visualizer and object animation
  • Added the ability to close 'Report Error' button
  • Various misc fixes and typos


Version 1.0.0 - initial release