A Minecraft Model City!

This term at London CLC we’ve had a great time using our 3D printer across a range of projects, with partners including The Imperial War Museum and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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One of the highlights has been the opportunity to combine 3D printing technology with our favourite computer game, allowing children to create their very own Minecraft city. We were visited by a lovely year 6 class from Henry Cavendish, who grasped the challenge with both hands, showing impressive work both as individuals and as one big team.

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At the start of the day the children were each randomly assigned with a different building to work on. Before they started using Minecraft we would need to decide on the layout of the town, so we created a Padlet wall where each child explained where they would like their building to go and why. Once this was complete we converted it into this chart, from which every child could find their own unique set of co-ordinates, which we would later use within the game.

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Before the children started  they took to the Internet to research existing examples of their buildings. They created mood boards using Comic Life, which would inform their final designs. They each considered the interior as well as the exterior of their building, as well as how its design might complement its function. Here are some examples of their brilliant designs:

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Note the two levers – one for “guilty” and one for “not guilty”!

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It’s a cake factory, complete with rows of stony employees!

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The name was agreed after a conversation with the creator of the neighbouring park.

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Waste not want not!

At first this pupil was disappointed to be assign this not-so-glamorous structure, but he embraced the challenge and the result was one of the most thoughtful and interesting designs. Waste is categorised by type in the bins shown, or sent onto the heap at the back for landfill.Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 14.24.34

Check out this pupil’s use of her knowledge from recent topic work on Nelson Mandela

Once everyone had finished their buildings we took a Minecraft tour to see their beautiful city in all its glory.

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After the class had left we used a piece of software called Mineways to export the city as an STL file, which we were able to bring to life with our 3d printer. Because the printer wasn’t quite large enough to make the whole model in one go we split it into four sections and used poly cement (the glue used for Airfix models – also great for repairing 3D prints!) to stick it together.


A big thank you to Henry Cavendish for their fabulous design skills and for what was all in all a fantastic day of technological learning at London CLC.

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