In the past year, I already felt that I should get my hands dirty with some 3D rendering software so that I could add 3D modeling and 3D printing to my list of skills. It wasn't until last night that I really dove into it. I ended up choosing to use Rhino because it is currently in beta for Mac and free to download.
For my first project I knew I needed to make something simple as not to overwhelm myself with overly complex shapes. I landed on creating a new wax seal/chop that I could attach to my keys. So for the experience has been awesome! Some of my deeply engrained habits with the Adobe Creative Suite do get in the way, but all in all it's easy to get over once you get into a 3D modeling groove. Still lots to learn and experiment with but hopefully I'll be able to send this off to Shapeways soon and you'll be seeing me rock my new stamp as a keychain.