I’m not a gamer myself, but many of my friends are. One of the video games that I never get tired of watching people play (which is saying something) is Minecraft. I’ve tried playing, but I’m not patient enough for the fun of building brick by brick – watching those who are and watching the awesome worlds they create is actually fun for me. Probably because it’s less frustrating, since the people I’ve seen there tend to be quite experienced and really know what they’re doing and build much larger structures than the cube-shaped house I have quickly abandoned when I tried it outside.
Minecraft’s popularity, however, transcends the world of XBox (or other system) gaming, and many enthusiasts have already combined it with 3D printing, either through the creation of in-game characters (like these 3D printed Creepers) or using the game. construction concept to be designed outside the realm of video games.
Thailand-based Treebuild Co., Ltd., a 3D printing web application developer and marketer, is currently working on the latest such design application. Treebuild co-founder and CMO Laphat Tantiphipop told 3DPrint.com about the “new free app for pixel art lovers” that will be fully launched soon – and you can try the beta version now.
“Users can start with a blank canvas or build on selections of fun templates; whether it’s an avatar, text or any model of their imagination for free,” notes LUBAS’ Treebuild. “Then they can choose to save their work in STL, OBJ, X3D, 3DDOM, HTML or VRML, or sen[d] for a 3D printing service that will deliver them directly to their home.
LUBAS beta is running and it’s pretty easy to use, especially for Minecraft fans who are already familiar with the cube-based pixel art building system.
When you open LUBAS, you have the option to start with a blank canvas or start with a template. Since it’s still in beta, models are currently limited – and the trio of options now available are sure to please comic book fans and Despicable MeFan-favorite Minion characters. You can start with Captain America, a Minion version of Captain America, or a Minion version of Batman. Whether you’re working with a blank canvas or one of the templates, you can also upload your own photo for reference, which is really handy if you have a specific design in mind.
The commands are simple and familiar to most computer users. Mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out, ctrl-z and ctrl-y are used to undo/redo, etc. They’re also listed here, so there’s no chance of forgetting; if you already know them and don’t need the reminder, you can also hide the “Tips” in the lower right corner.
When you are happy with your design, there is a simple button to validate if it will be 3D printable, i.e. if it is in one piece, with each box connected. It presents the dimensions and the count of the squares. Then you can export your creation as the file type of your choice and it’s ready to be sent to your 3D printer or a 3D printing service!
Treebuild notes that “users who submit feedback on their user experiences will have benefits and freebies awaiting them when LUBAS launches.[ed].” Information about the next full release of LUBAS is available from Treebuild via their website, Twitter, or Facebook pages. Treebuild has other fun apps too, with the Easter Egg design app fully launched and, along with LUBAS, a 2D to 3D app and an app called Planter coming soon.
Do you like Treebuild’s LUBAS app? Let us know if you think this app might be of interest to young designers or those new to 3D design. Join the discussion on the Treebuild Minecraft-Inspired LUBAS Design App forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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