Unlimited Crafted Creativity
What versions of Minecraft® are supported by Craftplicator?
- Craftplicator supports the very popular Java Edition of Minecraft 1.2 including the recent Aquatic version 1.13*.
- Raspberry Pi used as a Minecraft server is supported once the world folder is shared and accessible. Please see the relevant section of the FAQs for additional information.
- Bedrock, Legacy Console and Nintendo 3DS editions are not supported.
- Mobile installations will not be supported initially.
*Support is not available currently on Windows 10, VR, mobile devices, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Can I use Craftplicator with the Minecraft Aquatic Update?Yes.
Craftplicator fully supports the Minecraft® Aquatic Update (Version 1.13). So, you can export 3D STL models from and import 3D STL models into your Aquatic Minecraft® world.
Which Minecraft dimensions are supported?Craftplicator supports the Overworld. Other dimensions will be considered at a later stage.
What is a STL file and why would I need it?STL is a 3D file format that is one of the most popular standards for 3D printing and is a triangulated representation of a 3D CAD model. The Craftplicator service is able to:
- Export your selected creation from your Minecraft world to a STL file for additional editing or 3D printing; or
- Import a 3D Model in STL format into a selected position within your Minecraft world.
For more information visit: https://all3dp.com/what-is-stl-file-format-extension-3d-printing/
Please note that STL files are a monochrome format, therefore any STL file used or produced by the Craftplicator service will be monochrome. This will have a limited impact for 3D printing as all of today’s personal 3D printers are unable to print true multi-color objects. See the “What is a Slicer?” section for information on 3D printing a STL file.
Craftplicator does use color processing internally so colorful preview renderings will be visible during the Craftplicator process. Feel free to let us know if you have a compelling use case you would like us to consider related to this.
Other 3D model formats such as OBJ, DXF, LWO and PLY can be converted to STL by using locally installed file convertors or online at www.greentoken.de/onlineconv/.
Do you have any guidelines for selecting the region to export?
For resource reasons, we currently limit the number of blocks that can be converted to an area of 64x64 blocks. Plan a selection that is appropriate to what the size of the final item will be.
For 3D Models:
If you will 3D print your 3D model, be aware that printing a large selection too small, might not carry the level of detail that you would like to see. Additionally, all overhangs (features with an overhang beyond 45°) will be 3D printed with support structures. The more overhangs you have, the more support structures your 3D print will have. These light support structures are easily “cleaned” by removing them with a pen or a screwdriver.
Do you have any guidelines for importing a 3D model?The base of your 3D model will be sized to fit the area that you select in your Minecraft world. A Minecraft MCA region file will then be generated for you to download. Please ensure that you have a backup of your region folder before you place the new MCA region file in that folder.
What is an “orientation” of a 3D model?The use of the Y and the Z axis of 3D models in STL files is non-standardized. Therefore Craftplicator provides previews and the option to change the orientation during the import process. This will help you to avoid an orientation that may place your model on its side. Additionally, the default selection box footprint of your Minecraft world view provides an indication of what to expect when importing your 3D model. If it appears incorrect then likely your selected orientation needs to be changed.
Why and where do I need to make backups before importing a 3D model with Craftplicator?It is highly recommended and good standard practice to perform backups of your worlds before making any significant modifications as there is no “undo” button when you replace region files in your region folders. Depending on your operating system, your Minecraft worlds can be located here:
Typical local Installations:
Please keep in mind that Minecraft creates these files as being hidden. To unhide them:
- Windows: Open the users folder. Klick on View. Select Options on the right side. Kick the View tab and activate the Show hidden files, folders and drives entry.
- Most Linux distributions: Hit CTRL-H while being in the home directory.
- Mac: there is a great post on how to do it.
Typical server installations:
Where does Craftplicator place the imported model in my selected world?By using the selection box in Crafplicator you can select the area in your Minecraft world where you want to place your 3D model. The 3D model will automatically be sized to the area you selected. It will be placed at the lowest surface point Craftplicator finds in that area to avoid placing it (or parts of it) in mid-air.
What is a Slicer?A slicer is a software application that prepares and translates a STL model for 3D printing based on that specific 3D printer slicer program profile.
Where can I find 3D models to import into my Minecraft world?There are many paid and free sites for downloading 3D models in almost every possible category, such as animals, vehicles, creatures, plants and buildings . One popular free site is www.thingiverse.com, but there are many more as detailed in this article from All3DP.
Another good start is to do an internet search for "3D STL models download".
What would be good ideas for 3D models to import into my Minecraft world?
My Minecraft files are large. Will I have to upload all the files?Craftplicator doesn’t require your complete Minecraft world to be uploaded for either of the export or import services. When selecting your Minecraft folder, Craftplicator will only utilize the necessary information that represents the approximately 1000 x 1000 blocks surrounding the players’ last position. File uploads will be less than 100mb.
Can I use Craftplicator with Minecraft Server installations on Linux or even on Raspberry Pi?
Yes, you can. All you will need is access to the folder where the server stores the Minecraft world. If that folder hasn’t been set up for sharing we suggest using SAMBA for this purpose.
For setting up SAMBA for Raspbery Pi there is a great post here. Setting up other Linux systems is very similar and should be completed in 5-10 minutes depending on your Linux skills. Once you can access the SAMBA folder, Craftplicator will use it like any other local drive.Here is the shortened version for setup of the Raspberry Pi:
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Add the following lines to smb.conf:
Comment = Pi shared folder
Path = /home/pi/minecraft/world
Browseable = yes
Writeable = Yes
only guest = no
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777
Public = yes
Guest ok = yes
force user = pi
Restart the service with
sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart
While it seems to work to replace the region files while the server is running, it is better to be save than sorry.
Stop the Server by calling
screen -r minecraft >STOP
before copying the files.
How does Craftplicator select the Bricks that are used for the Build plan?Craftplicator generates the Bricks AS THEY WERE CREATED in Minecraft®. It will try to select the Bricks to create the best fit for the area selected. It will NOT add any additional Bricks that have not been created in the Minecraft® source. So, please keep in mind that hanging or flying structures in Bricks are subject to gravity and might need additional supporting bricks in the real world outside of Minecraft®.
What is Brick Owl?
For your convenience the page showing your build plan will contain a link to a pre-build shopping cart in Brick Owl. Brick Owl provides a marketplace service to allow customers to connect with stores selling LEGO and LEGO related items. These stores independently market, sell and support these items. Craftplicator and Brick Owl have partnered to provide a seamless integration whereby all the LEGO bricks required to build a personal Minecraft® creation can be automatically computed and sourced from the Brick Owl marketplace.
Brick Owl and Craftplicator/Xplicator are independently owned and operated companies.
What is OpenSCAD and where can I download the program?
OpenSCAD is a free software for creating solid 3D CAD objects.
How can I import the OpenSCAD code into OpenSCAD.
By simply copy/paste and then hit the "Preview" button.
What can I do with the OpenSCAD code I have just imported?
The generated OpenSCAD code can be used in conjunction with all powerful OpenSCAD commands that can be found here.
How can I get in contact with customer support?