Answers

This page is to give some answers to some of the more common questions we get asked. Let’s start out with the biggie that’s been on everyone’s mind for really about the last couple of thousand years, give or take a few.

Q: What is the Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything?
A: 42
– The Great Computer, HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Now, on to a few of the more mundane ones.

Q: What type of material do you print with?
A: We 3d print with either PLA or PETG plastic on our 3d FDM printers, and then use an ABS-like resin on our 3d resin printers.

Q: What type of 3d printers do you use?
A:
We are a group of friends that got into 3d printing. Between us, we have well over a dozen different printers at any given time. Most pieces are produced on one of our AnyCubic resin printers, with the Photon M3 Max printers being the true powerhouses. Some parts or entire pieces are done on one of our FDM printers, which are mostly Creality based with a Prusa and PrusaXL as well as a Bambu X1C as a new add.

Q: What is the speed of an unladen swallow?
A:
That depends on if its an African or European Swallow, but it is widely accepted that the European swallow has an approximate air speed of 20 miles per hour.
– The Bridge of Death, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Q: Who comes up with or How do you come up with the designs for your models?
A: Many of our pieces are 3d prints of models that have been sculpted by some of the best designers on the Internet, and some of them are actually designed and sculpted by our team directly. As for How do we/they come up with the ideas? How does anyone?

Q: How do you go about painting these? Do you airbrush?
A:
One of our artists, Skylar, is pretty much an airbrush purist, but the rest of us prefer oldschool handbrushes. We start with rattlecan spray paint for giving all of our pieces a solid primer. In some cases, the spray paint may be the base color, but most times the base color is a handpainted acrylic. Once we have the base in place, we spray down with Matte enamel, and then begin aging/weathering/shading. This is sometimes done with more acrylics, but almost always we move into oils for the shading.

Q: Do I even have a last name?
A: Of course you have a last name, Guy!
Q: Do I?!?! Do I?!?! For all you know, I’m Crewman #5!
-Guy Fleegman, Galaxy Quest

Q: How do you price your pieces?
A:
Each piece is an individual work of art. Unlike the bigger statue makers, we do not mass produce. Each piece is painted by one of our local artists, and then priced by them. Sometimes it is based on the amount of time and effort that was put into the piece, and sometimes it is based on the personal bond that the creator has and their price on letting go of that piece. With that, there are some that people will consider a steal, simply becuase the artist just wasn’t that attached to that particular work of art. You really never can tell.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Blue. No, Yello.... Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh..
– Sir Galahad “The Pure”, Monty Python and the Holy Grail