Minecraft is an truly awesome game. Think of it as digital lego set in a infinitely explorable world. But its real draw is that is encourages creativity on so many level. Players can build what they like, but also the code is open source, allowing creative coders to fiddle with rules and resources in the game. The result is a multitude of modifications (or mods in Minecraft parlance).
There are mods for every taste, including those who favour a spot of virtual chemistry, in the form of Minechem. It allows for some surprisingly sophisticated chemistry. With a range of devises and tools everything in the world can be broken down into elements, and then reacted together to yield an incredible array of compounds.
As fun as Minechem is, my favourite mod of the moment is Printcraft. This allows the player to output anything they have built to a file that can be read by a 3D printer. And given that I have just assembled one of these wonderful contraptions (or ‘plastic tat generators’ as my better half prefers to call it), combined with my son’s Minecraft addiction means that my house is now slowly being invaded by virtual buildings turned real.
So I think I need something more meaningful to do with it. And so over to you. Build me something! Build me something original that’s related to the chemical sciences, be it useful, interesting or just plain cool. And I’ll 3D print (and send the designer) the best ones.
So here are the rules:
1) Construct something related to the chemical sciences in Minecraft, using the official printcraft server (use Minecraft 1.7.8)
Alternatively you can download the sever and run it locally or use the one I’ve set up (connect to IP 22.214.171.124:25565 using Minecraft 1.6.4)
2) Upload the STL file ,that printcraft spits out, to Thingiverse and tag it with 3DMineChem.
3) Add a link to your Thingiverse file in the comments below.
Lets see what we can come up with shall we?
P.S My ulterior motive is that I’m trying to come up with an Minecraft/chemistry workshop for school children and I need some inspiration and some beta-testers of my server.