How to create 3D paper models of your Minecraft creations

For many, it's the new Lego, inspiring creativity using the simplest shapes and forms. The world of Minecraft (opens in new tab) is home to a lot of wonderful creations that both young and old spend hours, even days, making. And although they only reside in the digital world, a lot of people would like to own a physical copy of them as well.

While you can quickly and accurately bring Minecraft models to life with a 3D printer (opens in new tab) using Printcraft - as we explain here (opens in new tab) - the limitations of printing in multiple colours makes it difficult to replicate the graphics seen in Minecraft exactly.

So while we wait for the technology to catch up, the best way to recreate your blocky designs on the physical plane is often to get old-school with paper, scissors and glue. But tech can still help here, in the form of the Minecraft Papercraft Studio (opens in new tab) app.

The app provides printable 2D nets that you can fold into 3D models

The app provides printable 2D nets that you can fold into 3D models

The app gives you a helping hand by turning your Minecraft creations into full colour printable 2D nets, which can then be folded in to physical 3D models.

Aside from your own creations, you can also download and print a multitude of models from the Minecraft universe, including Steve, the Creeper and even the Enderman. Here's a tutorial to explain how it all works:

Words: Christian Harries (opens in new tab)

Christian Harries is a freelance product designer and recent graduate from Ravensbourne. His portfolio can be seen here (opens in new tab).

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