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How to make a Piston in Minecraft

When it comes to Redstone contraptions in Minecraft, pistons are almost certainly always involved. The piston block allows for blocks to be moved without direct player or mob interaction. As soon as any piston block receives some form of Redstone power, it will extend and push the block it's head faces. This short guide will explain how to craft pistons and will cover all important questions you might have about Minecraft pistons in their current state.


If you’re planning on making any neat Redstone contraptions, pistons will most likely be a vitally needed component. Luckily for us, however, crafting this extremely useful block is quite cheap, and typically, beginners won’t have much trouble gathering the needed resources.


Required Materials to make a Piston:


Pistons need: 

  1. 3 Wood planks
  2. 4 Cobblestone, 
  3. 1 Iron ingot  
  4. 1 Redstone dust 


To make a piston, you would need Wood planks that can be crafted by simply placing a block of wood in your 2x2 inventory crafting menu:


Place a block of wood in your 2x2 inventory crafting menu


Cobblestone can be easily obtained by mining any stone block with any type of pickaxe. If you are unsure how to make a pickaxe, watch this simple video here.


Cobblestone can be obtained by mining any stone block with any type of pickaxe


Iron ingots can be obtained via smelting iron ore. Iron ore can be obtained through mining an iron ore block with a pickaxe.


If you are unsure how to make a furnace or how to smelt blocks, click here.


Iron ingots can be obtained via smelting iron ore


Redstone dust can easily be obtained simply by mining Redstone ore with any pickaxe.


Redstone dust can be obtained by mining redstone ore with any pickaxe


How to make a Piston in Minecraft?


In a Nutshell:


To make a piston, place 3 wood planks in the first row, 4 cobblestones on either side of the second and third row, 1 iron ingot in the center, and 1 Redstone underneath the iron ingot in the 3x3 crafting grid. Your piston has been made, simply click it and move it to your inventory. 


Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):


Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to make a piston in minecraft:


Step-1 Open Crafting Table GUI


Open Crafting table menu


Step-2 Place the wooden planks, redstone dust, iron ingot & cobblestone in the crafting table menu in the exact fashion shown below:


Place the wooden planks, redstone dust, iron ingot & cobblestone in the crafting table menu


Step-3 Now simply drag the crafted piston into your own inventory, Voila!


Also Read: How to make Anvil in Minecraft?


Things to make with Minecraft Pistons


Pistons allow for blocks to be seamlessly moved without any player or mob interaction, this allows for players to come up with their own designs for mechanisms which open up the world of Minecraft to a lot of technical possibilities.


The different uses for pistons in the game is literally pretty much infinite, however some of the most commonly seen applications range from simple piston doors, sand doors, draw bridges, hidden rooms, castle gates, piston tables & much more. 


Explainer Video




FAQs on Pistons


Q. How do you power a piston in Minecraft?


A piston can easily be powered via an active redstone signal. If a piston is connected to a signal with power, it will extend, if this signal is cut, it will return to normal.


Q. What blocks can pistons not push?


In the current state of the game, pistons are unable to push: barriers, beacons, bedrock, campfire blocks, command blocks, obsidian, enchantment tables, end portals, ender chests, jukeboxes, lodestone, other pistons, spawners, barrels, beehives/nests, furnaces, droppers, chests, lecterns, hoppers, droppers, brewing stands & dispensers. 


Q. Where do pistons naturally generate in the world?


Pistons naturally only generate within jungle temples, where 3 can be found.


Conclusion:


Pistons are an absolutely vital block for any aspiring redstone engineer. They allow for the automation of mundane tasks such as harvesting crops manually. Although It can take a while to master the mechanics of the piston, it’s a universally fan favourite block due to it’s extremely unique & unmatched properties which expose Minecraft to a bucketload of engineering possibilities.


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