Minecraft Worlds Brought to Life Through 3D Printing

3D Printed Minecraft Representation of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on NorthWestern University Campus by Ben Rothman

3D Printed Minecraft Representation of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on NorthWestern University Campus Created by Ben Rothman

Minecraft can now come out of your screen and become real.  There is now a technique that lets you export your Minecraft worlds directly out of the game and have them printed on a color printer like we discussed earlier.  One of the coolest applications of this is the NorthWestern University Campus created by student Ben Rothman.  Ben recreated the campus in a process that took about 600 hours and $2500 to create.  The model was about 5 feet and was even displayed on campus.  You can view more images of the project here or a video of his Minecraft 3D rendition of the campus.  Of course the printed version isn’t as high of resolution as the virtual version, it’s still pretty stunning.  It even got a great write-up in a NorthWestern University newspaper.

Another group called the “Post-Apocalyptic Research Institute” has brought their original Minecraft to life using a 3D printer.  You can checkout a video of the 3D printed village or look at more pictures at Flickr to see another example of this process.  If you are interested in doing this yourself the process has been made simple by Mineways and you don’t even have to own a 3D printer.  They even have a video that tells you all about the file export process out of the game that you can then have printed commercially.  I would love to have a 3D printed Lambeau Field, maybe there’s a business there!

Minecraft Rendition of the NorthWestern University Campus by Ben Rothman.

Minecraft Rendition of the NorthWestern University Campus by Ben Rothman.

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  1. Pingback: 3D Printed a Metroid Suit by @Talaaya is AMAZING! | Printing DDD

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