Where and how do I start with this?

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You could start at a library near you that has a 3D printer, they can show you how to use it, print items for you etc, it may not be the best advice but it is a starting point. from there maybe a community based workshop (not sure what they are called over there, here they are Makerspace or a variation on). You probably get better advice from there.
I wont give you any advice about what is a good/bad printer, or software as there are probably thousands out there, and every one has its good and bad bits.
what I will tell you is the pit falls to look out for and that is lots of advice, most will be conflicting, a lot will be second hand info ( I have a friend of a friend who says).
and if I had to give you any advice it would be what I wrote above, go and find a place or someone that has a 3D printer and learn how to use it, pick their brain on pit falls of that style of product.

Hope that helps start your journey a little easier.
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Just a quick google search provides some info that may help.

This one is closer to home for you
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there are 3 stages to all this and stage one is learning basic 2D cad drawing from here on to stage 2 and take the 2D drawings and convert them to 3D parts Once you have a part you create a print file a STL this file might have to be adjusted to make a proper print, things like wall thickness and parts can not extend out because they will sag or fall down.

you can learn the basic by using a free program such as google Sketchup then the better you get the higher end programs you can use like Fusion 360

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to offer you advice it would be helpful if you gave us some back round in what you know like CAD drawing or 3D modeling.

I found it is better to use a 3D print service rather than trying to build or buy a printer. There are factors to consider such as the size limits of the object you can print and how fine the print resolution is and the type of printer like a plastic deposit or resin type.
 

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start with reading the steam engine topic that is about taking an original set of plans and creating a 3D model

also follow CAF and TRIDENT topics on doing 3D modeling

then start posting questions and we will find answers for you
 

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Considering Doing A ancre scratch build (FLUCIA) it seems more to my skill level then the LE ROCHEFORT, but plan on doing it also if I get the help I need, but one question the FLUCIA HAS SOME CARVINGS NOT COMPLICATED ONES DOES ANYONE KNOW OF SOMEONE THAT HAS THIS SERVICE. THANKS Dave
 
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