Below is an outline of the basic steps for one technique to construct a model and have it printed by Shapeways. Click any one of the pictures for a more detailed description, and to download the file(s) for that step.
The steps I've used below are what I use, and are in part based upon specific graphic tools. You will need to adapt them for the tools that you decide to use.
Click any Step below to get started.
|Step 1: find a reference photo|
|Step 2: edit the drawing|
|Step 3: convert to DXF|
|Step 4: import into TrueSpace|
|Step 5: extrude the shapes|
|Step 6: rotate and position the shapes|
|Step 7: merge the shapes||no picture|
|Step 8: enhance details|
|Step 9: export as STL|
|Step 10: upload to Shapeways|
|Step 11: order, paint and enjoy|