Pirate3D’s CEO Roger Chang firm believes that the first step to household 3D printing as an affordable price point, and at US$347, The Buccaneer aims to please.
Designed with stamped steel parts, the Buccaneer 3D printer can produce 3d prints at speeds of up to 50mm/s. At maximum resolution, the Buccaneer prints at 100 micron layer heights.
In addition the Buccaneer communicates wirelessly with mobile devices via WiFi, and this allows you to control it via your mobile phone or tablet.
“It is not just about building a great technical product but about building a great user experience,” said Tsang You Jun, Chief of Design & User Experience. “We built our product along the design principles of Apple, only what is absolutely necessary is there; there are no unnecessary buttons nor wires. We want The Buccaneer to be the easiest to use 3D printer!”
About their price, Brendan Goh, Pirate3D’s Chief of Operations says, “We have a dream, a dream to make this technology affordable for everyone. We have been using 3D printers for a couple of years, and now find them indispensable; like how a computer or cell phone is to you. Everyone should have access to such an essential piece of technology.”
On Monday, Pirate3D wrapped up their popular Guess-The-Price contest, in which over 4,000 participants guessed at Buccaneer’s price. Of which, 4 walked away with a fully decked out Buccaneer. Guesses for the price ranged from $3 to $20,000.
Pirate3D will be opening their Buccaneer for pre-orders in the coming weeks.