Mineways makes your Minecraft creations a reality

If you ever wanted to hold something you made in Minecraft, Mineways can help make your creations a reality. Developed by Eric Haines, the open source software exports Minecraft models and texture maps for use with 3D printer software like Shapeways. This isn’t the first tool of this type released with Minecraft in mind. Minecraft.Print will also get the job done, but not in full color.

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, Shapeways will print your creations for a fee. But Haines warns that larger models can get really expensive. “This usually happens with larger models, those 100+ hour darlings you sweated over in Minecraft,” explains Haines.

Check out the tutorial video below, where Haines walks you through the process of using Mineways to print a full-color sandstone version of an Eiffel Tower pulled from Minecraft. You can find step-by-step instructions explaining how to use Mineways with lots of tips, suggestions on reducing printing costs, and useful resources here.

Above: From Minecraft to the palm of your hand




  • dale-lake - September 15, 2012 11:39 p.m.

    Sweet! I've just received my free minecraft giftcode! >> <<
  • cosmicshambles - January 4, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    Unless it can print block for block I'm not interested!
  • SparkleDevon - January 3, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    This is actually a really cool thing, and I wish I had the money to buy a 3D printer just for this. xD
  • Dman3981 - January 3, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    You don't need to buy a 3D printer, all you need to do is borrow a 3D printer and use that 3D printer to print another 3D printer and then if you want you can use your new 3D printer to make more 3D printers to sell.... printception.
  • NotBraze - January 3, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    Or, you know, you could always just buy a bucket of LEGOs…
  • RedHarlow - January 3, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Can we say cash grab?
  • phoenix_wings - January 4, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    How do you mean? It's open source. If you have a 3D printer, you can create the items yourself. If not, you can use something like Shapeways.

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