Automatic generation of LEGO building instructions from multiple photographic images of real objects

Takuya Kozaki, Hiroshi Tedenuma, Takashi Maekawa

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We introduce a system to reconstruct large scale LEGO models from multiple two dimensional images of objects taken from different views. We employ a unit voxel with an edge length ratio of 5:5:6 for the shape from silhouette method that reconstructs an octree voxel-based three dimensional model with color information from images. We then convert the resulting voxel model with color information into a LEGO sculpture. In order to minimize the number of LEGO bricks, we use a stochastic global optimization method, simulated annealing, to hollow the model as much as possible but keep its strength for portability. Several real complex LEGO models are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalCAD Computer Aided Design
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes



  • 3D reconstruction
  • LEGO
  • Shape from silhouette
  • Simulated annealing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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