Introduction: Making a K'nex Model on MlCad

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This instructable will show how to use MlCad efficiently to make a k'nex 3D model and will show you some other useful tricks such as constructing parts that aren't included.

I will be adding more steps over time.

Step 1: Downloading and Entering the Program

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1: Click on the link below to download MlCad.
https://www.instructables.com/id/ELCWEISDRBEXCFBLN3/
Click on the link Knex.zip. Save the file.
2: Once you have downloaded MlCad, find the folder labelled Knex. If it is not already on your desktop, run a search of your computer for a folder titled Knex.
3: Enter the Knex folder and double click on the application titled MLCAD.
4: Mlcad is now opened.

Step 2: Building a Y-Connector

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1: This is what the final product will look like.
2: To start, go to P in the parts bin.
3: Pull out one Panel 1 x 2 x 1.
4: Copy and paste the panel. Flip it so that it mirrors the other one.
5: Go to T in the parts bin.
6: Pull out one Technic Pin Joiner Round.
7: Add a connector.
8: Use the connector to adjust the distance of the two panels from each other.
9: Delete the connector.
10: Select all 3 parts.
11: Group the parts, and call them Y-Connector.

Step 3: Increasing Rotation Angle

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1: Select a part. Go to Edit, Rotate, Keyboard Entry.
2: Check the box next to Use rotation vector values. Type 1 for Z, type 45 for Angle. Hit OK.
3: You should now be able to rotate parts by 45 degree increments in medium grid mode.

Step 4: Essential Hotkeys

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These are the most important hotkeys, memorizing these will save hours.

Ctrl-D: Duplicate
Arrow Keys: Move
Ctrl-Arrow Keys: Rotate
Del: Erase

Comments

RamiLego4Game (author)2015-07-26

I found a great knex.zip here: http://www.ncgraphicarts.com/ryan/construction.htm#knex

killersir751 (author)2012-07-29

I click on the link and it says that the post was deleted by the author and I really want to download this to work on my own projects.
If anyone can get me a link to MLCad K'nex, it will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

http://www.lm-software.com/mlcad/e_download.htm
How's this? :)

Ghasteqs (author)Triggerhappy1012013-12-15

Isn't that the standard version?

Triggerhappy101 (author)Ghasteqs2013-12-31

does it really matter?

Ghasteqs (author)Triggerhappy1012014-06-07

Does it include the K'nex stuff, and not just the Lego?

Triggerhappy101 (author)Ghasteqs2014-06-12

Idk...

did my link work?

DemolisionWolf (author)2013-06-28

Nice work!
whats the diameter of a gray rod?

TheAwesomestDude (author)2013-01-25

link does not work anymore he deleted the instructable

benjameen22 (author)2012-08-26

knex.zip link please plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

Sharir1701 (author)2011-10-19

are you arabic?

dansdoc (author)2011-01-30

I CANT FIND THE Y CONNECTOR WHERE DO I LOAD IT??????????????????????

alfpwns (author)2009-08-31

when click OK the connector tilts inward towrds me as if its leaning foward any way to fix? my screen is set up like yours and it still does it do you know whats wrong?

KnexFreek (author)alfpwns2009-09-20

me too

MotaBoi (author)KnexFreek2009-11-23

 what you have to do is go to settings -> grid -> medium.  Then when you press ctrl+left/right, it will rotate in 45 degree increments

Hiyadudez (author)MotaBoi2009-12-02

THANKS YOU SOOOO MUCH! I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO ROTATE IT 45 DEGREES FOR WEEKS LOL :-) HMM... I DONT KNOW WHY I HAVE CAPITALS ON BUT I LIKE CAPITAL, OH WAIT, NO I DONT, I HATE CAPITALS BUT ANYWAY IMMA GO NOW BUT THANKS ANYWAY CYA LITTLE PEEPZ :-)

dansdoc (author)Hiyadudez2011-01-30

RANDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MotaBoi (author)Hiyadudez2009-12-02

lol ok... :)

KnexFreek (author)MotaBoi2009-11-23

 sweet it worked!! thats 2 times you have helped me!! as soon as my pro membership ends i will send you a patch!! I would send you one now but i only have 1 left and that goes to whoever wins my knex contest srry :(
So ya, when it ends i will get a new membership and ill send you a patch :)

MotaBoi (author)KnexFreek2009-11-24

 cool thanks but you dont have to... lol

KnexFreek (author)MotaBoi2009-11-24

 yea but ill have 40 patches......... im gunna give you one. :)

MotaBoi (author)KnexFreek2009-11-25

 o ok i thought you just get one... lol

KnexFreek (author)MotaBoi2009-11-25

lol you get 3 (like me) with a 3 month membership (8$)
15 for a year   (24$)
40 for 2 years (40$)

MotaBoi (author)KnexFreek2009-11-25

 o ok and what exactly is a patch and what does it do?  Im not quite sure about that

KnexFreek (author)MotaBoi2009-11-25

 it is a Digital (patch) and they are special, you give them to people when they have helped you enormously or they have done something amazing.


MotaBoi (author)KnexFreek2009-11-26

 o ok. well, thank you very much :)

Hiyadudez (author)MotaBoi2009-12-03

Click on my name and you will see them. I have 3 at the moment, one from Gmjhowe, one from Xfiles, and one from Lemonie.

MotaBoi (author)Hiyadudez2009-12-03

 ooooo ok

Jesus. (author)KnexFreek2009-11-21

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Knex_Gun_Builder (author)2010-08-09

when I download it, it says this when i try to open it Invalid path (no Parts and/or P dir found)!

same

JROBE (author)2010-08-27

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

charlie.nourse (author)JROBE2010-11-03

its free

J Moneyman (author)2009-11-29

!!!!!ARABIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DontShoot262 (author)J Moneyman2010-06-05

wa????

cj81499 (author)2009-07-02

i have a mac and i don't know what to open it up in!!!!

DontShoot262 (author)cj814992010-06-05

I heard it dont work for mac

Storm950 (author)cj814992009-07-03

You mean a Zipper/Unzipper? Try 7Zip. Free, open source.

Oblivitus (author)cj814992009-07-02

Neither do I, sorry. You'll have to try asking someones else.

charleszxc (author)2010-04-12

i start to download it and i get 30-40% complete and it says im done i find the file its zipped and its only 658kb and its should be like 1 mb  and when i open it it says     The Compressed (zipped) folder is invalid or corrupt           wat do i do

Millawi Legend (author)2010-04-01

How do you group things?

Oblivitus (author)Millawi Legend2010-04-01

Highlight the parts you want to group, then press Ctrl-G or click Edit; Group.

cerj (author)2009-12-28

 help

cerj (author)cerj2009-12-28

 working now -.- sorry.

Seleziona (author)2009-12-06

Hey oblivitus, how do you save the pictures, to put them on a file and get them on ibles?

Oblivitus (author)Seleziona2009-12-06

Go to file, save image(s), rotate and zoom as desired, click on the second to highest resolution, uncheck all of the other boxes, save in a bitmap format.

Seleziona (author)Oblivitus2009-12-06

thanks!

Oblivitus (author)Seleziona2009-12-06

Will you be making an Ultra Pistol 2 review?

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