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Mineways: 3D Prints of Minecraft Objects

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:46 AM

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Man that's pricy. And my Spider stone citadel didn't even have the bottom 5-10 layers...

My skywhale is over water btw. If I did this I would have to seriously edit some things. Really fun to try out though thanks.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:31 AM



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Posted 25 December 2011 - 10:48 AM

Very nice!



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Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:19 AM

This project looks great. Props to the creator(s)! :D



Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:50 AM

Wow, that's pretty darn EPIC.



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Posted 25 December 2011 - 12:04 PM

3000$ for a model?? trololol


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:13 PM

I've got one question.
How did you manage to post this three days from now? =0


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:34 PM

Someone push the whole MCMiddleEarth world into that website, for the love of God.


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:25 PM

i know what we are all thinking, giant penis
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:34 PM

I'd like to see this done in Blender. I'm sure there's a way ;)


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:55 PM

The entire voxel box...


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 05:39 PM

Strategy gaming is starting to take over MineCraft, next thing we know, we would be using them as a Lego playboard.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

View Postlunchbox1234, on 25 December 2011 - 07:46 AM, said:

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Nice models, and man that's pricey. And my Spider stone citadel didn't even have the bottom 5-10 layers...

My skywhale is over water btw. If I did this I would have to seriously edit some things. Really fun to try out though thanks.

Yeah, that's a record setter! First, if you really want to print most things, you have to figure out how to make them hollow - it sounds like your model is pretty solid inside. Also, read about setting the scale for models. The basic idea is to try to figure out how thin you can make your walls. Colored sandstone can go as thin as 2 mm thick. What I like to do for buildings is seal off the entrances. Mineways will then fill the building with glass blocks, and then the hollowing algorithm will clear out the innards of the base and building.

The whale's a different case: first, it'll print as two pieces, if that's what you want (antigravity is not part of 3D printers yet). Raise the minimum height by hitting the [ key so that the water is not selected. The whale could probably be a fair bit cheaper by raising the bottom of the selection box (again, with the [ key) until it just reaches the bottom of the whale. Then the hollowing code will kick in and clear out the interior of the whale.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:10 PM

Thanks. If I were to do It I would attach something white to the whale and water so I would stay up. Like little miniatures that are supposed to be flying. It would be best If it was glass or something clear, although that's probably not possible. That whale has an inside belly with red and pink wool you can go into XD.

Your right That citadel is completely decked out on the inside. all sorts of stuff. It would take some time to get a working model I could buy but would still cost quite a bit to print since it's kinda big. that bottom 5-10 layers had my front gate, peasant houses and farms, and my war mammoth with the surrounding area. http://lunchbox1234....t.com/#/d4j8hb0

What program can I use to view the model before I upload it to shapeways? download link please?
Thanks for the link.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:34 PM

View PostThe_Battousai, on 25 December 2011 - 06:21 AM, said:

Do computers come with a way to view VRML files, or is there some third-party program that's necessary to view them?
There's a plugin called Cortona3D that works with a browser, but I can't figure out their UI. I prefer the SAP Viewer, which is not perfect (e.g., the part where it sits at "99% done" for a minute or three) but works pretty intuitively and has an awesome cross-section tool so you can check that areas are hollowed out (== cheaper). See the picture at the end of this post.

View Postbrett121574, on 25 December 2011 - 05:27 AM, said:

Hey no .app I want to be able to use this on my mac because its way faster than my windows (I get 1 - 100 fps on my minecraft on my pc).
Really, this app should run fine on a Mac using Parallels or similar. It's not graphics-heavy, it's just a 2D bitmap mapper. Export's the costly bit, and you don't do that very much. The code's open source, so I'm hoping someone writes a port (I don't have a Mac).

View Postmgabrys, on 25 December 2011 - 06:54 AM, said:

Can you just convert a schematic file into the chain or do you have to select the world chunk with the tool only?
I debated spending time making an MCR importer. Finally I went with the philosophy of "don't make tools that are already there". Just import your MCR model into a world and export from there - one extra minute of work.

View Postowen thecool, on 25 December 2011 - 03:58 AM, said:

Guys! we already got this, minecraft print, remember?!@ look in news old, we already have this, not coloured though...
Right, I have a link to their efforts on the Mineways page. Other than color and texture output, they didn't seem to have the features I needed: automatic hollowing of models (I'm a cheapskate, 3D printing is all about object weight, not complexity), welding of separate neighboring parts, automatic removal of partial trees and little disconnected floaters, etc. They're working on a new version with a user interace, and we've started to talk via email. I'm happy to tell them all the stuff I put into Mineways, as I have other things I should be doing (RealWork™, plus rewriting a book).

View PostSN777 Divinus, on 25 December 2011 - 04:22 AM, said:

Awesome. Autodesk and Minecraft! :D

View Postjakeob22, on 25 December 2011 - 06:19 AM, said:

Maya 3d is beast. Everybody loves autodesk. I'm going to make some very cool things with this. :D
Thanks minecraft, you never cease to amaze me!
I'm definitely going make sure the VP of the group working on 123D sees these comments :) . I do work for Autodesk, been there lots of years and like it, but my work here is in the "this program does not reflect the opinions of Autodesk blah blah blah" category. It's a hobby project of mine: fun puzzles to solve (just like Minecraft!) and at the end I could make gifts for friends for the holidays.

View Postdeathgleaner, on 25 December 2011 - 04:29 AM, said:

so, can they print out a bunch of floating islands?
Yes, certainly, but of course they won't float (well, you could float them in a pool of mercury or something dense). Shapeways' print process doesn't need any support struts or similar, as the bed of unsolidified "sand" laid down supports the model as it's built up.

View PostRekedens, on 25 December 2011 - 02:34 PM, said:

I'd like to see this done in Blender. I'm sure there's a way ;)
Do what, exactly? There are definitely ways to build models in Blender or any modeling program that can then be 3D printed. See this tutorial. The key thing is to make them solid (watertight). Programs like MeshLab can help fix meshes, and Shapeways itself can repair models on upload.

Oh, and here's a picture for the day, just a quick shot of our spawn area:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:44 PM

View PostWedTM, on 25 December 2011 - 03:22 AM, said:

The process is extremely simple, and after a quick turn around, you can have any Minecraft scene, object, or mob rendered into a real life object of your very own.
Minor correction: no mobs. It's open source, so if someone loves them the pigs, go to town!
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:02 PM

erich I have a question: I downloaded the sap viewer Minimum. When I try to open a .wrl file it says format not supported. Should I try the complete sap version?

Edit: never mind. Downloaded the complete. works now.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:25 PM

nice i remember seeing something like this except u couldnt share it



Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:34 PM

Who else has noticed that this was posted on the 28th of December...