Guardsman wrote:700 EUR is about $953 way more than i have to spare :P
Well if it was only $738 more than you have to spare, then I would say you should look at http://store.quintessentialuniversalbui ... roduct=144
It's an established company making it and they have almost kept their very aggressive kickstarter schedule. The basic setup is $215 delivered in the US and there are upgrade kits if you want to increase the size or get a heated bed later. You would have to pay now and wait till late April most likely.
Unless you want to spend several thousand (often even more than that), all consumer level 3d printers are a bit DIY. You can pay extra for someone to assemble it but it's probably better to just get experience of doing that yourself as you need take apart if a piece breaks. You'll need to understand how works and it's limitations to tune it for best possible quality. Read a few threads at http://www.fabric8r.com/forums/forumdis ... ch-Support
to see what kinds of problems arise and how people fix them.This thread
has a good summary of entry level options in the near future.
If you want to learn about 3d printing, find a local hackerspace and there will probably be a few folks who own one and the space will probably have one for their shared use. You'll learn more quickly taking face to face with others who have used them. PM me and I'll help you find one near you.
There are already sharing sites like thingiverse.com where people share designs and 3d model files. There are companies like shapeways that will print your design on professional 3d printers and mail it to you. They can be extensive but have many more materials and nice finishing options. Another option is 100kgarages which helps you find a local who can fabricate your design for a price.
As far as ship models to print, that'd be cool and all but 3d modeling assets take a long time to develop and it's a lot to ask. Models that look great in game may not have everything right to print. In general, ships may be hard to print on common 3d printers. If resin printers were more common and less expensive, it's be more practical.
There would be licensing concerns to address so that someone couldn't just use the raw models in their own game with them or even just import them into Gary's Mod and make machinima. I only ask that the Novus Aeterno team keep up the good work with the money I pledged. They shouldn't be expected to go open source with major game assets. And the whole team will be quite busy for quite a while working in other things that benefit the whole community here anyway.