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3D printing for kids with Printcraft

Designing objects 3D printing no longer requires complex CAD skills. Paul Harter's clever script for Minecraft makes it child's play...

Printcraft 3D printed Minecraft
Make your Minecraft creations a reality with Paul Harter's script

Born from a love of 3D printing creative technical architect, programer and father Paul Harter has created a way of replicating anything that can be made in the cult sandbox game Minecraft in physical form.

In general, designing objects for 3D printing depends on knowledge of CAD software - and even the simpler tools like Sketch up and 123D would be a stretch for children to use. However, Harter's children were already enjoying creating blocky objects in Minecraft, so he created Printcraft a script which can turn their creations in to an .stl file ready to be 3D printed.

Printcraft introduces kids to 3D printing
It's a great way to introduce kids to 3D printing

After putting it online for others to use, the script has become a hit and people from around the world have been printing their Minecraft creations, both for the sake of having memorabilia and to understand and experiment with this emerging technology.

If your kids are into Minecraft and you have access to a 3D printer , go to eu1.printcraft.org to find out more.

3D printed Minecraft
To get started, log in to Minecraft and go to 46.38.166.50

Words: Chris Harries

Christian Harries is a final year product design student at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.

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