Shapeways is on of the companies to check out if you are interested in 3D printing but don't have access to a 3D printer yourself.
They provide 3D printing as a service to customers, both private and companies, for a fair price. Shapeways has (almost) all printing processes available. Ranging from sand stone printing all the way to printing jewelry in metal with a gold or silver finish. You name it, they've got it!
I'll show some of the things that I did with shapeways here soon.