Geekery at its Origins
What Sets Them Apart
At Fairy Fountains, they know what cosplay you can wear for the entire day, and will give you a heads up if the weight of a wearable item may become uncomfortable. They will help to come up with a solution to make it lighter or make it work! They truly care about their clients and make sure everyone has exactly what they're looking for. With experience in cosplay in their pocket, and being an active part of the community, it allows them to know what Cosplayers are looking for, and they pride themselves in getting pieces as realistic as possible.
They've started doing custom spinners and print everything from figurines to flash drives. Go to a 3-D model site to peek at the designs. These guys will print anything of any size! You can even bring your own design and they will happily print it.
The method to the Madness
Once they know what it is you're looking for, they will work out a quote. The price will depend on several factors such as if the model already exists or if you have your own model, the size of the project, the filament used, and how you'd like the print to come to you. If the piece will need to be designed, no problem! Fairy Fountains has part-time designers, all found within the geek community, who will design it for you! The cost for the design is R100, which is very reasonable and helps to keep the price down because—let's face it—Cosplay can be expensive!
How Do You Take Your Print?
For this reason, you have the option to either take it fully assembled and painted, or you can model it yourself and get the raw print. This makes Fairy Fountains a medium for you to create your own unique pieces.
PLA: Plant-based and safe for the environment, but you can't really smooth it out nicely and if you leave it in the sun it warps. Unless you request it, they do not prefer to print in PLA. The consistency of PLA is also less flexible so it is more brittle and likely to break. Because this is specifically requested, as they don't keep it on stock, and because it requires much more time to get a smooth finish, this will more than ABS.
There are several other really cool options out there that they do keep in stock, like glow in the dark and PLA-based flexible filament that stretches (and really is pretty strong), but they are more expensive. There is also some awesome filled filament that comes in copper, aluminium, silver, gold, and wood! This is a PLA-based filament but when it prints the plastic melts away and leaves the metal or wood material behind. I'm personally excited to see what they do with this!
Mostly the cost is based on time, as each piece must be created and put together, sanded, and painted, and so on. Printing a millennium falcon takes about two weeks. While they are small printers, and they can print as small as 0.02 microns, and can get very thin, specific layers, they can also print some very large works!
They have printed several weapons—They've even printed a 1.3 meter Frostmourne!
So, What's Next For Fairy Fountains?
Their next major purchase will be a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine, which is especially useful for laser cutting foam, and you can put in the exact patterns that you want into the computer like you would for 3-D printing.
Where to Find Them
449 Neser Street
NOTE: Visits by appointment only please.
Geek Culture Blog
(Stormtrooper helmet by Fairy Fountains)
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