A common misconception about 3D printing is that it’s limited to people that can actually use pro-level 3D and CAD applications. This simply isn’t the case. As we’ve already mentioned, there are a host of online resources that feature free models, and you can also create 3D prints in a matter of minutes in the latest version of Adobe’s Photoshop, or by using free tools available from Autodesk’s 123dapp.com.
Another area that many people are start to look into is 3D scanning, which enables you to transform physical objects into printable 3D models by using a secondary device. The majority of currently available models cost much more than you’re probably willing to pay for a 3D printer, but they are getting more affordable (with the Scanify from Fuel3D available for around £800). Having said this, early reports of home 3D scanning are mixed, and in virtually every case you’ll need to clean up scans to get them print-ready.