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December 31, 2011 1:53 PM   Subscribe

Minecraft was already pretty cool (previously: 1 2 3 4 5 6). Here's something that brings it closer to the real world: "With the Mineways program you can select from a Minecraft world map and render it, or send it to a 3D printer or 3D printing service such as Shapeways." Examples are within the link, and here are other real-life examples using the Mineways program. Here's something equally (if not more-so) impressive, using a somewhat different technique: an entire Minecraft village, rendered and printed in 3D on a Zprinter 650. [via reddit]
posted by SpacemanStix (17 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
I. Was. Trying. To. Break. My. Habit. You. Goddamned. Monster.
posted by The Whelk at 1:55 PM on December 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's pretty awesome.
posted by delmoi at 2:00 PM on December 31, 2011


Who wants to try this with The Aporkalypse?
posted by Diskeater at 2:00 PM on December 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is that really small, or tiltshifted, or both?

I think overuse of tiltshift has trained me to expect fakery.
posted by Artw at 2:02 PM on December 31, 2011


Dude the Apork has a scale model of Ankh Morpork in it. It would shatter this thing.
posted by The Whelk at 2:05 PM on December 31, 2011


Huh. Now I finally have a use for both Minecraft AND 3D printing.
posted by curious nu at 2:09 PM on December 31, 2011


I was just thinking about how this is totally a thing that someone should do. Figures that someone is doing it.

And yeah, I would love to see models of select neighborhoods from the Aporkalypse. I would, in fact, be totally willing to commission one within reason.
posted by cortex at 2:14 PM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I vote Porkton, for sentimental reasons ( oh god I'd have to finish the church from like a year ago)
posted by The Whelk at 2:19 PM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes to Porkton.
posted by vanar sena at 2:25 PM on December 31, 2011


See also Minecraft.print(), the very first minecraft 3d printing software, by my Media Lab colleague Cody Sumter, which is very thoughtfully cited by Eric on the Mineways site.
posted by honest knave at 2:37 PM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I tried to make a tool chain based on POVRay for the output - kinda got it working in principal, but gave up once I had to start designing realistic looking POVRay textures and keeping up with all the Minecraft updates with new blocks and things. Which leads me onto how I just don't understand and completely loathe Blender...

So I've used this program, churned out an .OBJ file of some megabytes, open up Blender, navigate through it's awful, non-standard GUI and find the "Import" dialogue, import my .OBJ file...and I end up with one, single cube. What am I doing wrong, exactly?

Not to mention, all the Blender-made Minecraft renders I've seen up to this date all look like they're made of plastic anyway. Textures, people. Use them.
posted by Jimbob at 3:11 PM on December 31, 2011


"And isn't that carcinogenic?" "Only on Mac. Will put a warning."
Heh.
posted by smidgen at 3:20 PM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dammit wrong thread...
posted by smidgen at 3:26 PM on December 31, 2011


Wow, that printer is 60 thousand dollars.
posted by Malor at 3:28 PM on December 31, 2011


They should hook minecraft up to sandstone mega printers
posted by Ad hominem at 3:33 PM on December 31, 2011


Wow, that printer is 60 thousand dollars.

Yeah, it's cheap alright... wait until you start having to buy the $450,000 print cartridges every couple of weeks.
posted by crapmatic at 7:09 PM on December 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


I've never even played minecraft and I freaking love this.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:39 PM on December 31, 2011


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