If You Can Build It (On Minecraft), You Can Print It (in 3D)

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Here's some great news for all of you that have constructed virtual worlds on Minecraft - You can now bring them to life in 3D, thanks to Printcraft, the world's first multiplayer Minecraft server that converts your intricate creations into STL files, ready for 3D printing.

The ingenious idea is the brainchild of London-based Paul Harter who was inspired by his 8 and 11-year old boys' love for Minecraft and desire to create objects on his 3-D printer, a task that required technical knowledge that was beyond their capacity.

That's when the aha moment hit Paul - While the boys may not have the expertise to create 3D models for his printer, they sure knew how to do it online, on Minecraft - So why not combine the two? The program he created for his sons worked so well, that he decided to share it with the rest of the world and Printcraft, was born.

In order to use the technology all Minecraft fans have to do, is log into one of Printcraft's server using their Minecraft credentials, create their masterpiece and hit print. And for those not fortunate enough to have a 3D printer at home, the company has partnered i.materialze to print it for them, at a nominal cost. And if that is not enough Printcraft even allows users to show off their digital creations or get inspiration from others, using Makerbot's online digital design community, Thingverse.

Resources:Gizmag.com, Printcraft.org

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2014 Comments
  • dixie_pro_12
    dixie_pro_12Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Omg I wanna make a giant unicorn out of this 😇
    • cathulu2020
      cathulu2020Friday, June 12, 2020 at 9:06 am
      i would make a model of a hole entire city!
      • dixie_pro_12
        dixie_pro_12Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm
        I would make a unicorn 🦄
      • gamer3646
        gamer3646Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:30 am
        minecraft is the sooo cool
        • wolf-angle
          wolf-angleThursday, September 10, 2020 at 7:14 pm
          I can play minecraft and its fun 🐺
        • its_bluestrike3
          its_bluestrike3Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm
          cool
          • pm-olm
            pm-olmThursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:05 am
            I love Minecraft!
            • spykitten
              spykittenWednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:49 pm
              You would have to make something really good.
              • ap3x129
                ap3x129Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:40 am
                W0W
                • jasmine_toast
                  jasmine_toastMonday, January 13, 2020 at 11:32 am
                  I love Minecraft!!
                  • kei-jaun
                    kei-jaunFriday, January 3, 2020 at 8:54 am
                    wow!!!!😎
                    • funwun
                      funwunMonday, December 16, 2019 at 11:00 am
                      I can not believe that you can do that! And I love minecraft!