Lately, I've been getting kind of sick of Minecraft
. I dabbled with the game a bit myself but this whole Minecraft
craze started to wear me out but then I saw this. It's stuff like this that change the way I perceive this game, over and over again. Beneath all the Game of Thrones
recreations, Let's Plays, Survival games, Hunger games, FTB and all the other mundane mods lie gems like these. Creations that will blow your mind and remind you just how powerful this game can be. He made something that makes anything out of a game that let's you make things.
3D printing has so much potential that it could change the way a lot of things are done. With more time and research, 3D printing will probably be the best invention we've seen in a long time. Youtuber, ItsJustJumby
, is some sort of Minecraft genius. Bear with me as I attempt to explain this super complex process.
So, you start off by choosing whatever colors you want to use from the available 16. You have 10 chests, each chest representing a layer. Now, when you open a chest, you'll have to lay the blocks exactly the way you want them to print out. The printer prints at a 6 x 9 x 10 area, so you lay the blocks in the chest accordingly. Then, you hit print and voila, you're creation is out. The complex part is what happens when you press the print button.
This is the what the system looks like.
I'm going to list all of the parts he had to use, so for those of you who aren't familiar with the jargon, just know that these devices are a lot more complicated than you may think.
- 846 Repeaters
- 1,124 Hoppers
- 9,181 Comparators
- 10,539 pieces of Redstone Dust
- 20,103 Command Blocks
When the print button is pressed, the Red Stones are moved, allowing the hoppers to take the items out of the chests. Anything taken from the chests will be separated into 540 hoppers, one hopper for each item.
Then it goes to the area below, that is where the printing happens.
Each of those 16 colored rows have 1080 command blocks lined up, Half of which are testing for a certain wool block from the aforemention 540 hoppers. The other half of the command blocks will print the blocks the other half found into the printing area. That's what happens in the time between pressing the print button and actually seeing your creation.
Now, after you model is done, you'll need a clean canvas, right? Well, clearing is an intricate process of it's own. When pressed, the initial Redstone blocks are replaced, blocking the hoppers and causing them to drop all the items they took out of the chests. In turn, this spawns a bunch of creepers who have been modded a bit to have a bigger blast radius. The creepers explode, causing all the Redstone blocks and hoppers to be destroyed and clearing the printing area of your previous model. When the hoppers are shut off, the comparators stop working. In turn, resetting everything.
This is the beauty of a game like Minecraft.Source