Voxel is a fun, easy-to-use 3D-pixel editor. It's like Minecraft without all the mining. Use it to create simple sculptures, 3D icons, game-levels, or just to doodle with blocks.
Voxel now has 3D printing built-in! Order plastic and even metal prints of your models from directly within the app. Models are printed by Sculpteo and shipped directly to you.
Simply tap in empty space to create the first block. From there you can attach new blocks to it by tapping any face. Or, toggle the grid guide to put blocks exactly where you want them. A color palette lets you change colors. Drag your finger on the selected block to rotate your view. Use a two-finger-swipe to rotate the view as well. Use the familiar two-finger pinch motion to zoom in or out -- or just hold your finger in one spot.
Voxel is easy enough for kids to enjoy, but it is also designed for creative adults. Advanced users will appreciate Voxel's layering and animation tools. Upload your models to the online gallery!
Now make models for use with Minecraft -- Voxel now imports/exports .binvox format!
Check out the stop motion made by printing 8 frames of a voxel animation:
-- fixed Dropbox import bug and OBJ export bug
-- added Top/Front/Side/Last camera view buttons
Ratings and Reviews
🗳🎁 It’s a cool app for building with 3d blocks!
This was the first? App for building with blocks falls on iOS and I think it is still the best
All of the flat black apps seem well-made and reasonably priced.
What we really want to see released is Rotoshop!
Users would have a field day. Will it ever happen?
So this is just great. Simple to use and creative. There are minor issues mostly related to large projects with 1000s of blocks. It gets sluggish and vulnerable to crashing in the options menu at that point. I recommend being patient and waiting for the buttons to respond or it can crash. Also a fill area option and making a line would be time savers. Like if you click on a box with line option enabled and it makes a dotted line you can expand until you select done and it fills in the line. That would be useful. But despite small issues it's simply the most fun drawing app in the store. Now add a option for making specific boxes glow and making transparent boxes that would be cool. I made a formula 1 car and I was surprised how much detail you can make with just blocks. It really is like playing with Legos.
Though I warn of a couple of issues. Double tapping to make 2 bricks repeatedly at a time can often cause freezing leading to crashing of the app. Especially with larger projects. And saving your file in the menu when your project is large and causing slowdown can also freeze. The solution I use is to simply exit every few minutes and reload the app. Annoying but honestly the app allows so much creativity I deal with it until a update fixes the issues.
Please update the app to support large files. It gets very slow and sometimes crashes. It makes creating large projects take ten times longer.
Fun, clever, and useful
If you've ever played Minecraft you already know how to build art in Voxel -- but there are extra tools to make the process more versatile. I plan to use it for designing sprites (build a single model, take screenshots of it in various rotations, and trace in a vector graphics editor -- or just use the raw voxel image, depending on the application).
It's simple and enjoyable to use, and I know of nothing else like it on the App Store. For the price (currently a buck plus another couple bucks to unlock multiple model saves) you can hardly go wrong. It's fun to play around with, but in my case it also promises to be a useful practical tool.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.