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Lego Forklift

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By JeremyMallin   |   
3D Rendering of a Lego Expert Builders that was one of my favorites when I was a kid. Modeled and rendered with Lightwave 3D 9.6.

I completely remodeled this to reduce the number of polygons in order to get my older system to be able to render this without running out of memory. I cheated some of the geometry and eliminated nearly all of the geometry that I thought would not be visible or would not affect the shadows noticeably. By modeling the forklift as subpatches instead of flat polygons I achieved an approximate 99% reduction in polys which translated to roughly 50% reduction in polys rendered.

I designed the material handling containers using similar methods to keep the poly counts low enough to render. For the containers I used flat polys.

I bumped up the reflectivity on the main lego surfaces to add more visual interest. I also increased the lighting in the scene by adding several more area lights hoping to get more of the details of the geometry to show.

I would have like to get better antialiasing with the depth-of-field, but I compromised in order to be able to render the scene in hours rather than days.
Image size
1200x800px 616.42 KB
Synthetic Camera
Perspective Camera
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
32 mm
Date Taken
Apr 28, 2012, 2:43:48 PM
Sensor Size
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peterpro's avatar
peterproProfessional Filmographer

have you heard of the plug in called legoizer, it turns objects into lego models.

i have it somewhere it's a free plugin.…

well what do you know i found it right away.

works on all sorts of stuff, i played around with it, it's fun.


try radiosity on your images... area maps are great, you know you can scale them right.

blackandred567's avatar
Great work and nice icon picture
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
Thanks. It was a lot of fun.
redbeardcreator's avatar
redbeardcreatorHobbyist General Artist
Looks great! Although, I think the reflection is a little too high at the top of the mast. Either that or there's a weird lighting artifact going on there. Still, awesome work.


Nice containers, BTW.
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
Could be either or both. Thanks for the compliment and the review. This one was a lot of fun too. The gears are fun to model.