January 4, 2012
New software brings the cuboid world of Minecraft into the real world via 3D printing.
If you’re so enamored with your latest Minecraft creation that you absolutely must see its real-world approximation, you’re in luck. A new program offers you the chance to do just that — provided you can track down a 3D printer.
Graphics programmer Eric Haines created Mineways as a way to capture areas of the cube-filled, sandbox world of Minecraft and export it as a texture file and 3D model that can be used by 3D printers. The printers can then work their magic and create a physical object based on the file exported from Minecraft.
The Mineways software is entirely free and Haines has created an instructional video (embedded below) and comprehensive online guide for bringing your digital cuboid creations into the real world.
Of course, there’s a good chance you don’t own your own 3D printer, so he also provides some links to printing services like Shapeways, which will print a 3D model based on your file. The prices for 3D printing vary based on the size and complexity of the model you’re printing.