Printcraft Lets You Print Your Minecraft Designs
People are drawn to Minecraft for a myriad of reasons, but the biggest reason for its popularity is building stuff. Similar to Lego, the players can construct whatever they want using the game’s building blocks. It comes as no surprise that Lego and Minecraft’s developers Mojang teamed up for a licensed brick set not too long ago.
Unfortunately, Lego can be pretty expensive and you’d need a whole lot of bricks just to reconstruct your worlds in Minecraft. To that end, Paul Harter has set up Printcraft, a multiplayer Minecraft server that converts player creations into STL files ready for 3D printing.
According to an interview with 3ders.org, the idea stemmed from his childrens’ obsession with Minecraft, which was mixed with their desire to use his Thing-O-Matic 3D printer.
“I have a share in a Thing-O-Matic 3D printer and they wanted to build things to print on it, but most CAD applications are quite hard to learn at eleven or eight years old,” said Harter. “However they are both adept at Minecraft. So I wrote a script to create printable 3D models from within Minecraft. It worked well so I have put it online in an easy to use web service. Several groups around the world now regularly use Printcraft to build and play.”
All you have to do download STL files of your creations is to log onto a Printcraft server, claim a build platform, and design 3D printable objects using standard Minecraft tools and resources. Once you’ve prepared your construction, just hit the “PRINT” button to send the design over to a page where you can download the STL file for printing on your 3D printer, assuming you have one.
Below are some of the results of what you can expect.