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You Can Now 3D Print Minecraft Creepers With All The Intricate Details

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minecraftI walked into a room with five children between the ages of five and twelve the other day, and I walked out three hours later, thoroughly addicted to a game that I had previously referred to as being “stupid” and a “waste of time”. That game was Minecraft, and those five children, who are the offspring of some of my best friends, converted me into quite the fan of this extremely popular sandbox indie game.

Minecraft, for those of you who have been living on another planet for the past five years, is a game created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson. The game provides players with an open block-built world, which allows them to do virtually whatever they please. Players mine different blocks of material from the ground, and then stack these blocks, like they would with Legos, to build anything from space shuttles, to working computers, detailed ships, airplanes, extravagant castles, or whatever the heck they want.

While the fun is had during the day, upon nightfall is when the game’s monsters come out. These monsters come after you as well as those objects that you may have spent days, weeks or even months building inside of this crazy, yet fascinating game. The game has sold over 50 millions copies across its various platforms, which include PC, Android, iOS, Playstation, XBox and more.

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Some of the most infamous characters within the Minecraft game are the “Creepers”. These are hostile mobs that use a unique suicide attack to kill off players in the game. They do this by chasing down any player with a 16 block radius, and if/when they get close enough they explode, causing mass damage to the player. These Creepers have become arguably the most recognized characters within the game of Minecraft, as well as the game’s unofficial mascot.

creeper3We have seen several unique ways in which 3D printing and Minecraft have come together over the past year or so, but none more creative and detailed as that of what a man named Kirby Downey has come up with. He has taken the anatomy of the Creeper and broken it down into several 3D printable parts, which when put together create a complete 3D printed Creeper.

“Want to know what makes a creeper tick? This creeper anatomy model allows you and your friends understand how they work,” Downey explains. “This model shows in full detail all the bones, tnt and brains of the creeper, printed in pieces and easily assembled.”

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The model, which can be downloaded via MyMiniFactory.com, and printed on virtually any 3D printer, should be printed with a 0.2mm resolution, 15% infill, with support enabled. When assembled, after the 9 hours or so of printing that these parts will take you, the Creeper will measure 13cm x 12.7cm x 6.5cm, and would be the perfect gift for that special Minecraft friend. I might just print one of these myself, after becoming quite the fan of this infinitely adventurous game.

What do you think? Would you or have you attempted to print this Creeper? Discuss in the 3D printed Minecraft Creeper forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out some more photos below.

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