Fab Lab Minecraft Documentation
The Fab Lab hosts an open-source Minecraft server for free use. It is a
[no PVP] collaboration-oriented creative mode server intended to help players who want to learn how to design and print in 3D, experiment with Redstone and build command-block-driven digital story experiences. Step 1: Overview and Controls
If you’re new to Minecraft you’ll want to watch this video – it explains what
creative mode is and how to navigate the game. VIDEO
WASD controls for movement
Step 2: Install Java Minecraft
Minecraft Java Edition because it has a huge community of creators and astounding repertoire of extensions that can enable powerful and robust learning experiences. You can download it for OSX or Windows or come to visit one of the Fab Lab locations and borrow one of our accounts for free.
Only have an iPad? Check out
Minecraft Education Edition to find many tutorials and guides great for introductory learning. Step 3: Connect to Our Server
Step 4: Learn More!
Check out the documentation below to learn more about building, special operations on the server and more.
Operations and Building Guides
Our server has some pretty powerful tools – learn to use them!
Start With Learning to Build Better
Protect Your Creations with WorldGuard
You can prevent other players from being able to modify or destroy your creations if you protect them.
Use the WOODEN AXE to make a cuboid selection like the above.
Left click lower corner (first point) Select the top corner by typing
right click the glass block (second point) To protect create and protect the region type
/region define [region_name] [your_minecraft_name]
Avoid commonly-used names like ‘house’ or ‘castle’ because someone will have already used it.
Don’t use spaces in your names! Swap out ‘define’ with addmember to add a friend to edit your region. Examples: /region define Jeff_mansion Geph
/region addmember Jeff_mansion fablab_razmataz
Teleport to Your Regions
Setting a teleport point by typing
/region flag [region_name] teleport here
Teleport to your region then by typing
/region tp [region_name]
Use /spawn to teleport home to the spawn.
Adjust Members on Your Regions
In some cases you may want to add new people or remove someone from your protected region. You can do that with:
/rg addowner [region_name] [user_name] or /rg removeowner [user_name]
/rg addmember [region_name] [user_name] or /rg removemember [user_name]
Owners have permission to add and remove members.
Build Stuff with WorldEdit
For Fab Lab campers and special permissions groups only. //set, //replace, //copy, //paste, //undo, //redo, //cyl, //pyramid, etc… available for approved users – ask
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Assets specifically for users wishing to create media and maker projects with their MC builds.
Download the Server for 3D Printing
You can find your 3D printing camp world below!
Download using Google Drive 3D Print With Mineways
Extract the server directory on to the desktop, and open level.dat with Mineways.
We have pictures from camps in several locations on our Google Drive.
Participants in Minecraft camp learning how to do 3D scans, to import themselves into the game as statues.
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You can load and offload schematics using this Google Drive directory:
Use command /schematic [save/load] schematic [name]
We are currently (as of 01.2020) running version 1.15 with a combination of
Spigot and Bukkit plugins on a dedicated machine (Intel Xeon E5-1620, 32gb RAM, 12gb RAM cache swapping to SSD) with dynamic DNS. Our plugins include:
Some sort of welcome message, currently
WorldEdit (for advanced players – allows massive transformation and redering operations)
WorldGuard (allows players to protect their creations and choose who can modify them)
PermissionsEx (complicated permission groups)
CoreProtect (tracking changes made by players, previously LogBlock )
Multiverse Core, Portals and SignPortals(allows for multiple worlds, one per camp, survival and creative, etc) Various custom-spawn and spawn-teleport plugins, currently
EasySetSpawn, Simple-TPA and SimpleHomes An assortment of other plugins for the Minecraft Survival Challenge camp – Mythic Mobs, Monster Apocalypse, Shop Keepers, Custom Enchants, Larger Ender Chests, hitboxes or health, iDisguise
Players who create awesome things may be featured on the website or Facebook! Players who disrespect others or destroy creations without permission may be banned.
Let us know if you’d like to get a copy of our server world files or plugin settings.
Order of server setup:
Windows Server 2012 install, drivers, update, setup Google Drive
RAM disk, dynamic DNS client, Xampp or other local MySQL Set static IP to range in mostly-open firewall (x.x.x.98-208)
Install Git, Java JRE, pull down latest BuildTools for Spigot – run JAVA on ramcache
Toggle EULA file, setup server icon, simple batch script launcher (give it plenty of RAM), server.properties
Add pluggins (above) one-by-one, checking settings (or restore worlds/plugins from backup)
Bvckup to copy files back and forth from worlds and schematics directory to Google Drive
Minecraft client install order (retired after 1.12):
LiteLoader installed on Optifine Add
Litemods Voxelmap, Autofish and WorldEditCUI
PureBDcraft by Sphax HD Textures with Fab Lab add-on pack to create more default character models Installs varied by version considerably after this due to various phase-outs and incompatibilities. We were able to get Voxelmap and BDCraft working up through 1.14
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For Instructors and Admins
For educators interested in replicating our past camps, including 3D Printing.
Region and Block Management
Check region info with /rg info, you can help participants work together with /rg addmember or /region addowner.
/co inspect gives you an inspector tool to fix problems – just right click on a block or lay a block an empty space and it will tell you the history, you can then undo changes with:
/co rollback u:<user> t:<time> r:<radius> a:<action> b:<blocks> e:<exclude>
More at http://minerealm.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=6781
Block potions with /rg flag __global__ potion-splash deny
/ma addspawnpoint zombies Zombie 30 1 0 15 100
Makes 1 zombie spawn every 30 seconds from a spot; also /ma removespawnpoint, /ma listspawnpoints
/mv import [worldname] normal
/mv modify set gamemode 1
/mv modify set pvp false
/mv modify set animals 0
rg flag __global__ potion-splash deny
sign/nether portal – make a sign, second row write [mv], third row write world name, no spaces
Other similar commands Player Control
We have chat logs, remember, so if players disrespect one another we can ban them. To add a user to the camper group (ops only):
/pex user [user] group add campers [world_name]
Rename items with the Optifine extension:
Tools, armor, potions, spawners etc all can be found at:
https://www.digminecraft.com/generators/ Curriculum Development – Advanced Learning and Concepts
A growing list of Minecraft guides that teach fairly useful real-world skills or ideas.
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Exoplanet Science Simulation NSF grant camp
Minecraft 3D Printing (and scanning and modeling)
Teamwork Survival Challenge
Building Computers in Minecraft with Redstone
//hack Minecraft – advanced coding and creation camp