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Following the tradition of TLG sharing information regarding the brick shapes we've got a new batch of what we use to call L(EGO)Draw parts.
This time they were not provided through the LEGO Universe channel (as you can surely imagine ;-) but directly by the LDD team itself. Also the formula has slightly changed: To shorten the time between the release of a part and when it has been finally certified through the LDraw Parts Tracker for the first time TLG provided data of prototypes. Those will be available in sets only in 2014. This leaves us with plenty of time to make them fit for an official LDraw parts update.
Though we will get only parts which have already been copyrighted we are still talking about highly sensible data. Only part authors and reviewers who have signed a NDA - non-disclosure agreement will get access to the L(EGO)Draw prototypes. Chris has set up a some sort of parallel PT and you will need a second account/password. The parts will then be held in queue until they actually hit the market. If you're interested to join the team just leave a short reply to this message.
However we've got permission to share a small sample with the community to get you an idea what's all about:
As usual I have uploaded the corresponding .dat files to my webspace. Just add the part number to the follwingpath with one example provided:
on behalf of the LDraw Steering Committee
Date: 23 Dec 2013
This update includes 869 files in the core library, including 570 new parts.