December 27, 2011 | Link of the Day, Links | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, I’ll confess: I’ve spent a bit too long playing Minecraft, both on a shared server, and even by myself in single player. I find it kind of soothing to create models, rather like playing with blocks or legos. But Eric Haines (a long time friend, and one of the people who was most influential in getting me started in computer graphics) has done one better: he’s written a program that allows you to export portions of your Minecraft world, and get them printed as a 3D model. He calls the resulting program Mineways. Check it out:


Comment from Eric Haines
Time 12/28/2011 at 2:34 pm

Hey, Mark, thanks for the shout out. I of course googled “mineways” and your site came up near the top of the heap. “Mineways” is my attempt to kick my Minecraft habit, and I think it’s about done so: I added all sorts of weird code to deal with redstone connections, rail angles, etc. etc. so don’t feel an urge to stack any blocks at this point. “Clean for 24 hours”.