If you’ve spent long hours perfecting your Minecraft world, you’ll want something to show for it—even if it’s only to justify to others why you spend so much time playing the game. Luckily for you, you can make 3D prints of your designs thanks to a free service called Printcraft.
Printcraft is basically a Minecraft server that converts your creations into 3D-printable STL files. Project developer Paul Harter teamed up with 3D printing service i.materialise, so you can print little Minecraft figures without buying your own 3D printer. (If you do have a 3D printer of your own, you can download the STL file and print it out yourself.)
Anyone with a Minecraft account can log into Printcraft servers and start building and printing their Minecraft creations. When you send your masterpiece for printing, you can pick from a range of materials and colors, so you can closely replicate your Minecraft world. Additionally, Printcraft links up with Thingiverse, so you can share your designs with the entire 3D-printing community.
This idea isn’t dissimilar from Mineways, another open-source platform for printing Minecraft sculptures. Mineways works a lot like Printcraft: You load your map into the program and tweak it to make it easier to print. The options and quality appears to be a bit richer, but unlike Printcraft, it can cost anywhere between about $25 to over $600, depending how much map you print.
The only downside so far is the limit on the number of people who can use the server at once—it's capped at only 100 simultaneous users for now. Regardless of a potential queue for access though, I’d love to recreate everything I built on Minecraft and place it on my desk! Maybe someone will 3D-print this Minecraft recreation of King's Landing from Game of Thrones...
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