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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2011 Comments
  • cathulu2020
    cathulu2020Friday, June 12, 2020 at 9:06 am
    i would make a model of a hole entire city!
    • gamer3646
      gamer3646Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:30 am
      minecraft is the sooo cool
      • jellyonyoutube
        jellyonyoutubeWednesday, 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!
                    • Minecraft loverSaturday, November 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm
                      WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it's spool cool 😎