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For a production of Boeing Boeing at my college I was tasked with designing and building three statues. Here follows is the process I used to produce the statues using Trimble Sketchup and 123D make.
The same method can be used to make just about anything with a little bit of tweaking.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy, any questions are welcome.
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Design

There are several options in the design phase, to download a model, alter a model or design your own.
I chose to design my own statue using Trimble Sketchup however any program which exports an STL file can be used.
Trimble Sketchup can be downloaded here
To give Sketchup the ability to export STL files I use the plugin SKP to DXF or STL from here or a different one here
Copy the skp_to_dxf.rb file into Program Files/Google/Google Sketchup 8/Plugins file on a windows computer
If you are on a mac there are many online tutorials which tell how to install plugins in Sketchup



The statue design is based on the Greek Statue of Nike
The design must be a single group in Sketchup, then under the plugins tab at the top select the export STL option and set units to inches. Save the file somewhere it can be easily found

My angel of Nike design can be found here

Step 3: Step 2: Slice Model: 1

Picture of Step 2: Slice Model: 1
On the left hand of the screen is a tool bar. Click the browse community button to download a model created by someone  on 123d Make or push the import button to load a model of your own. Attached are two .STL files from my angel statue design to test the program immediately.