Introduction: 3d Print Your Minecraft World!

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This is a tutorial on how to export and print youre minecraft terrain or creation.I resently cam across a program called mineways that exports obj that you can turn in to files that can be used to print on a low end printer.I hope this helps someone bring there creation to life.

Step 1: Load World

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first thing you need to do is load you're world a creative or survival world will work,then look at the area you want to print on a map this will help find it later. Go to the lowest part of the are you want to print and make a note of that.If you made the world on creative it might be a good idea to mark the area you want to print with redston blocks

Step 2: Mineways

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First open mineways then open you're selected world from the list.(Note if the world is in you're Minecraft saves it will appear under the open world option if its somewhere else on you're computer chose open) Next chose view jump to player then identify the are you want to print.Right click you're mouse then drag it over the area you want to print.(you can zoom with the scroll wheel)

Step 3: Exporting Obj

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Before you export look at the top and change the lowest depth to the depth you wrote down earler.Once you are happy with the dimensions of the selected area select file then export for 3d printing.Then you will want to name the file the change the file type to OBJ mineways has the option for STLs but doesn't make printable STLs. Make sure all the options circled are selected or deselected as shown in the image.Export the obj then move it to you're desktop.

Step 4: Refining You're File and Exporting .stl

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I chose to use netfabb for editing and exporting because it doesn't crash when u upload large files some of my world files where well over 1m polygons!. This one however is under 1m so just chose you're fav progran. Load in you're obj then view it I was happy with the bounderies if u r not netfabb has a built in cutter.Once you are happy with it right click then chose export then export as STL.

Step 5: Slicing and Printing

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Import the stl into you're favorite slicer then you will want to upscale it because it will be very tiny for some odd reason mine was on its side too.One you scale it to the proper size set the infill to 5% and layer height to 200 microns then slice. Once you finish slicing send it to you're printer and wait and wait and wait somore it took almost 9 hours to print.

Step 6: Finish

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Thank you for reading all the way through and i hope this is helpfull to someone if you decide to print youre creation please leave a photo in the comments.It would be a honor if you could consider voting for my instructables THANKS! (i made the file available incase anybody wants it)


LennyB7 (author)2016-04-18


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Greetings Lennart Björklund

thommylees (author)2016-04-12


printrbot932 (author)2015-04-07

its just a small grammar mistake I fixed it so now u guys can stop freaking out

EricH110 (author)printrbot9322016-02-18

Nice post! For perfection, could you fix "Refining you're file" to "Refining your file"?

EricH110 made it! (author)2016-02-18

An Eiffel Tower model built in Minecraft by a friend.

HeatherP2 (author)2015-04-07

Cool instructible! I never thoight of this, but now I can't wait until I have a 3d printer so I can do this!

EricH110 (author)HeatherP22016-02-18

You don't actually need to own a 3D printer to get 3D prints made. Export the STL, upload to a print service, and you're done. See for example.

printrbot932 (author)HeatherP22015-04-07

thanks for the positive comment if u r interested in purchasing a 3d printer check this on out on kick-starter for only 179 usd ships in December

InstinctsKill (author)2015-08-26

Does the program you use know to leave empty caverns open in the print job? For instance, even if a cavern entrance does show up anywhere on the surface, will the printer still leave that inner area hollowed out?

Depending on how serious/dedicated you are to a particular world, this would be neat to use in an application not only to show off something cool you've found or built, like your house/fortress. It would also be neat to print out an area you like the look of so you can pre-design your creation before you bring it to the Minecraft world.

EricH110 (author)InstinctsKill2016-02-18

One nice thing worth doing is printing the model in sections: just make a few exports next to each other and put them together. Color example here:

Yes yes it does matter of fact there are holes in the back of my model from cavers and caves. U could chop off the top and just show caves if u wanted.

blackholeseeker (author)2015-06-18

BTW is there somewhere you can put in what you want to print and they print it out for you?

I dont have a 3d printer.

EricH110 (author)blackholeseeker2016-02-18

You don't need one. See for a rundown of 3D print services that can be used to print Mineways (and other) models. What's nice is you can get full-color prints of smaller items that are not too pricey.

umm I'm gona guess u mean a service that will print things out for people? if so 3d hubs is a great service that connects people with 3d printers to people who want to print highly recommend them.. there is also shapways.

as far as i know u have to make the stl file for youre world yourself

but yes u can get company's like and 3dhubs.. i would recomend 3d hubs its comunity based 3d printing

BenjaminL15 (author)2015-10-25

If anyone is interested, i can print 4 million colors, just send me your exported file :)


Corinbw (author)2015-04-14

this is soo cool I will definitely cote for you in the 3D printing contest

You should print a building or a tree or something smaller

printrbot932 (author)Corinbw2015-04-15

thank you!

magnus.distefano (author)2015-04-15

Is there a limit to the depth of how much the program can export?

the program can export any amount u want u can do from bedrock all the way to the highest limit

Halphinian (author)2015-04-07

Cura (the software used by the Ultimaker series of 3d printers) also allows you to do this

scarrejo made it! (author)2015-04-07

I made it

MeeladS (author)2015-04-07

he not legend

dfreund (author)2015-04-07

Cura from Ultimaker has an Option to print MC Terrain, too. You can import them directly.

stupidname (author)2015-04-06

Dang! That is really cool! I'm going to have to try this one day...

printrbot932 (author)stupidname2015-04-06

thank you verry much i appreciate it

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