I woke up one morning with the already-formed thought that my first 3D print should be the famous "Utah/Newell Teapot": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_teapot
. Fortunately somebody had made a model suitable for printing available here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:68880
(in the form of an .stl file). I submitted the job (via web form) to the Engineering and Physical Science Library's Makerbot Replicator 2 printer (http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2
). A few days later, my print was ready for pickup. I'm told it took 6 hours to print.
The teapot is about 18cm from back-of-handle to tip-of-spout. The librarians wanted to know if this was a Mother's Day gift (sorry, mom). They said it was the largest print they'd seen to date. I took it as a personal triumph when I noticed later in the day that the librarian was printing one for herself (or her mother).
The only challenging part was removing the "raft" from the lid. The raft is a removable platform that the printer prints first, and on which the model itself is then printed. For some reason it was really sticking to the lid (but not the body of the pot).
I'll post a video I took of the print in progress.