So you've invested time in Minecraft and built some pretty faithful block-renditions of different models. But what if you want them to be timelessly kept on your shelf, forming a time capsule of remeniscence? Well worry no more, dear reader, as new software Mineways has your back.
Export them into models and texture maps, ready to send to a 3D printer. The steps are simple, use a birds-eye view and select the area that you want to print, save it as a model and send it over to your standard 3D printing service (shapeways is used as the example in the video below). Mineways may not be perfect; but it's both good at identifying objects in floating space (getting rid of impossible to build bits) and the interior holes in your designs (stop overusing materials and reduce cost). It's been done before by different systems; but this is the first with full colour exports.
Mineways is free and open-source to everyone, Developer Eric Haines has demonstrated it's power by reproducing the Eiffel Tower model he created into a model of just under 5 inches tall, costing just over $25. It might be pricey on the printing; but it's quite a novel idea.
We'll just stick with building lego models for the meantime.
I get it. We’re all scared in the wake of the tragedy in Westminster last Wednesday. Khalid Masood’s actions in committing this atrocity are truly reprehensible. But digital communication is not at fault, and adding an Orwellian level of surveillance is not the answer.
Broadband problems? Under new Ofcom proposals, you will no longer have to “fight tooth and nail” for the “fair compensation” you are owed. If approved, Internet Service Providers will automatically have to pay customers for bad broadband, delayed repairs and missed engineer appointments.
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Sex toys have taken another step forward with the Flashlight Launch - a masturbation machine that takes all the manual arm work out of reaching climax.
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What is the future of wearables? I went to The Wearable Technology Show and found out - writing for BBC Science Focus magazine.
Forget everything you knew about smart homes and the Legend of Zelda… One particular fan has managed to create a home automation system that is controlled by playing the Ocarina.
Following the instant success of Pokémon GO in summer 2016, rumours began that developer Niantic was working on another game – simply named Harry Potter GO. This is fake news, so please stop sharing it.
A team of researchers have done something incredible yet terrifying - using sound waves to hack a smartphone, using a method that could be used to theoretically control any technology with an accelerometer.
I get it - the headline sounds terrifying. But Switzerland’s EPFL has just invented a medical masterpiece that could help to reinvent robotic healthcare. These gelatinous machines could soon be crawling around your insides and performing operations.
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