Printable labels to sort your LEGO bricks
I have continued to add labels to the collection which now includes over 700 different LEGO elements. The latest labels are available for download at a new location: http://brickarchitect.com/labels/
In building a lot of LEGO Architecture models and sorting through 50 pounds of used LEGO bricks, I learned that a well organized brick collection is a requirement. I agree with most LEGO builders that the best way to sort a large LEGO collection is by part, rather than by color.
I am happy to share a large collection of ready-to-print labels for most LEGO bricks (including many Technic parts) which you can print at home with a Brother PC Label printer, such as the inexpensive PT-P700 which replaces the PT-1230PC which I use. (You can find a list of compatible printers later in this article…)
About the labels:
I created scripts to produce sharp, high contrast images with thick outlines that will print well on a Label Printer. The labels which I designed use these crisp images, the common name for each part, and the Part ID#.
Each file contains a strip of about 10 labels organized into categories, so you should print only the labels you need.
Compatible label printers:
These labels are designed to be printed using a Brother Label printer (such as the PT-P700) on Brother 1/2″ Laminated Tape. These labels are waterproof, smudgeproof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors such as White, Pink, Yellow, Clear, and even Gold.
Any Brother printer which prints on “P-touch” 1/2 inch (12mm) labels will work. The higher-end PT-P700 seems to be the best price at this time. I prepared a table comparing the features of each model below:
|Model||Capabilities||Compatibility||Buy it now...|
Recommended Model. Compatible with labels up to 1" / 24mm. Power Adapter included.
|PC + Mac||Buy @ Amazon|
Lower-end model. Compatible with labels up to 1/2" / 12mm. AC Adapter not included. (This is the model I own. I use rechargeable AA Batteries.)
MSRP 52.99$ (Might be cheaper than PT-P700.)
|PC only||Buy @ Amazon
Older version of PT-P700. It has most of the same features as PT-P700. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 79.99$ (Might be cheaper as it is retired product.)
|PC only||Buy @ Amazon|
These links show the latest prices at Amazon.com which may help you find the best price. (If you buy from one of these links, I get a small royalty which is appreciated!)
NOTE: Some of these printers include software which will appear on your screen automatically when you plug-in the printer. You may need to download the “full” version of the “P-touch” software from the brother.com website to print these labels or make your own…
Download the labels:
The first version of these labels only included parts for the excellent 1210 piece 21050 – LEGO Architecture Studio set. I’ve expanded the collection to include many of the parts which weren’t included in the set but should have been. I’ve since added labels for many Technic parts, and will continue to create new labels in the future.
History of updates to these labels and the instructions for printing these labels listed on this page. (Newest updates on top…)
- January 31, 2015 Version 1.8 includes 40 new labels! NEW: bricks_large, wedge_plate, wedge_brick, door_rails. UPDATED: fence, bricks_curved_more, cones, slopes_3
- January 16, 2015 Version 1.7 includes fixed scripts to create your own brick label images using LDraw app. (also adds labels for some additional slope pieces.)
- November 17, 2014 Version 1.6 adds 32 labels to the collection. (hinges, turntables, click hinges, clips, and handles)
- September 30, 2014 Version 1.5 adds about 30 labels to the collection. I moved this website to a permanent link at http://tomalphin.com/bricklabels
- September 17, 2014 Added a table of compatible Brother label printers at the bottom of this article.
- September 13, 2014: Version 1.4 improves consistency and quality of text + images throughout the “All Labels” collection. This version also adds 8 new panel types, technic_pin_axle_connectors, and technic_misc labels.
- September 10, 2014: Version 1.3 adds many of the most common Technic parts including: Pins, Axles, Technic Bricks, Ball + Socket, Technic Plates + Rotors, Connectors. Gears, Pulleys and other specialty parts will need to wait for another day.
- May 30, 2014: Version 1.2 of this collection now includes most of the labels for a large general-purpose LEGO collection. Let me know if you like it by leaving a comment. Missing some important parts, let me know. In my next update, I hope to add common Technics pieces.