In my best Professor Farnsworth voice "GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!"
I had my first success getting an object to be recognised in full colour at i.materialise.com
I've only prepared the head and cap so far, the rest of the model is being redone, but it works! 3.8 euros for that head lol That's about $4.90. So the full model isn't going to be terribly expensive! I think +Lisa Bimmerz
is going to like. That is unless I'm getting the size all wrong. I'm aiming for the full Mini Bimmerz to be 3.25 inches high. I think that's the height of the others. Someone correct me if I'm wrong there.
My experiments at shapeways were not so good. Couldn't get it to recognise the textures. Even here the texture for the android logo isn't appearing in the cap. Still, that's what tweaking was invented for. So, much of that ahead. Still more sites to try, so maybe better prices ahead, but this one is looking pretty good :)
For any tech heads out there. I'm using the VRML file format which allows you to embed textures inside the file so its just one single file for everything. Actually VRML2 which makes files end in .wrl This head, with texture is 13mb.