Making good buildings in Minecraft
Minecraft can be an excellent tool for expressing creativity - this much is clear to everyone who has even experienced the game in motion. However, sometimes, a plan for a new building or construction is needed, or you see something cool on the Internet or in the real world which would make a great Minecraft project.
This article outlines the necessary steps to create a great plan for any building using a utility called Binvox, which allows users to make a mesh of certain 3D object files, which may then be viewed layer-by-layer. The end result of following this guide is essentially the exact Minecraft building blueprints for anything in the world!
The best thing about this little tool is that it doesn't actually do the work for you - you still put in the hard yards getting the correct resources and placing blocks, so the feeling you get upon completing the build is still as strong as ever. Whether or not you class this as 'cheating', there's no denying that this tool will help bring some life to your Minecraft world, so read on if you're interested in finding out how it all works.
Step 1: Download binvox from the page linked above.
Step 2: Download the desired model file (be sure to check it is compatible with binvox)
Step 3: Go to Windows > Run > cmd
Step 4: Use the 'cd' command to navigate to the folder where binvox is stored.
Step 5: Run binvox using this cmd command: binvox [parameters for voxelisation] . (see below for example)
Step 6: Run viewvox in cmd (viewvox .)
Step 7: Press the following buttons to show the blueprints layer by layer: A N T S P Y (use j and k to scroll through layers)
Step 8: Run viewvox and Minecraft side by side and complete your building layer by layer.
Step 9: Take a screenshot of your smashing new building and share it with us on our forums, or in the comment section below!
For Step 5, viewing the commentary on features and abilities of the Binvox is recommended so that the best result may be achieved. See the program’s website for this information.
Please share with the community any and all buildings you build either this way or without the guidance of this great tool - this game is still rocking and rolling and we want to help promote your work!
By Harry Hughes