What tools do you use to help you build structures?

by Zoredache   Last Updated January 13, 2018 23:14 PM

When looking at Minecraft pictures, I see that lots of people build lots of really neat structures, but I really wonder how they build some structures. Are the using some external tool to help them plan?

For example, let's take the case of a simple sphere, dome, or arch. How do you figure out where the blocks should be placed? Do you simulate the structure in some other tool? Do you use a calculator and the appropriate equations?

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Answers 13


For simple structures trial and error would probably be an adequate solution. After all it doesn't take long to hack out any incorrectly placed blocks.

More complicated structures will require more thought and planning, but by taking things in stages you can break the problem down into more simple steps.

As for an external tool - pencil and squared graph paper might be all you need!

Just thought of something else - if you use sand or gravel as scaffolding then it's relatively easy to remove the excess material when you've finished. Just stand at ground level and hack away.

ChrisF
ChrisF
November 15, 2010 00:04 AM

I generally build a foundation for the structure out of gravel or dirt. From there, I slowly build more of it, and tweak as I go.

I try to build the important parts of the structure first (the skeleton of it), and worry about details later.

Kevin Yap
Kevin Yap
November 15, 2010 02:23 AM

Minepedia has many map editors that provide 2d or 3d interfaces for rapid map editing. 2d and 3d brushes (rectangles, circles, spheres), copy and paste, block search and replace, and other functions are available.

Sparr
Sparr
November 15, 2010 09:31 AM

Use MS Paint and zoom in up to maximum.

Gerrie Schenck
Gerrie Schenck
November 15, 2010 11:18 AM

Full Glass Empty Clip has a great article on using Google sketchup to model your objects in proper 3D before you go off and build. There is a template linked in there with all the Minecraft blocks in and instructions to get you started. Not sure if you can export directly into a schematic to load into MCEdit yet, but your need for that depends if you want to build it by hand or not.

Richard Benson
Richard Benson
November 17, 2010 15:10 PM

There's a map generator that specifically does that called Planetoids. It was featured on the Yogscast:

user3389
user3389
April 19, 2011 16:35 PM

If you want to make circles, spheres, or toruses (donuts) by hand, use some pixel templates like this one:

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To build a sphere for example (one method of many), pick the diameter you want and build up circles as layers. For example, if you want to build a sphere with diameter 21, you would

  1. Start with a circle of diameter 7 on the bottom (according to the preceding template, some can vary), as the first "slice" up from the bottom is 7 across.
  2. The next slice is 11 across, so you would build a circle of diameter 11 on top, with the same center.
  3. Continue on, building circles of diameters 13, 15, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, and another 21 would be the equator of the sphere.
  4. That would make a hemisphere, continue on to make the full sphere.
Nick T
Nick T
April 19, 2011 17:31 PM

If you're a Bukkit junkie like me, utilize the miraculous in-game editor WorldEdit to generate custom spheres at will. To make a floating sphere, build yourself up on a pillar of sand and:

//hsphere glass 10

More info here.

Cory J
Cory J
April 19, 2011 21:33 PM

Use wood for scaffolding or for your base, it will be easily burned and will be little effort.

MineMinion
MineMinion
April 30, 2011 17:19 PM

If you want to make perfect spheres, the 3D plans are available in this Minecraft Forum thread. I've built some cool stuff with these!

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fredley
fredley
April 30, 2011 18:18 PM

For obvious reasons I'd suggest using the Minecraft Structure Planner. It's free, and you can download it from http://minecraftstructureplanner.com

LankyBrit
LankyBrit
May 10, 2011 18:16 PM

I make my own tools, such as my voxel sphere generator.

zzzzBov
zzzzBov
November 05, 2011 21:05 PM

I have found that plotz.co.uk is the most commonly used website for large scale ellipse, sphere, torus and tower building on Minecraft, and it has adjustable dimensions. I used it to build a 254 diameter death star on MC X360

Moretego
Moretego
January 13, 2018 22:54 PM

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