Buccaneer is a pocket-friendly 3D printer designed with home consumers in mind. A project by the Palo Alto, California-based Pirate3D Inc., the Buccaneer started seeking for support from backers on May 30. Pirate3D set out for a goal of $100,000, but in just a day, it had received $275,794 funds of support, with 29 days to go before the campaign ends.
Buccaneer aims to make 3D printing an affordable activity that can be done at home to give wider access to the technology. Thus, Pirate3D Inc. is selling the Buccaneer for only $347. Such price is much lower compared to the price of the Makerbot Replicator 2, the current popular choice in 3D printing, which retails for $2,199.
Inspired by Apple aesthetics, the Buccaneer’s exteriors show a brushed aluminum cube protected by clear acrylic. The body itself is made of steel plating whereas the build platform is aluminum. A capacitive touch button will be incorporated on its front for turning on the device. According to its campaign page, the Buccaneer printer was inspired by Apple aesthetics, thus the sleek lines. The printer’s dimensions are 25 x 25 x 35 cm.
Inside, its XYZ actuation is composed of linear rails. The device also uses top-loading filament cartridges instead of spools which are inconvenient, less ergonomic, and contrary to the Buccaneer’s aesthetic principles.
By comparison, the Makerbot Replicator 2 has a powder coated steel chassis, body made of PVC panel, acrylic build platform, and linear motion bearings for its XYZ actuation. It is also larger at 49 x 42 x 38 cm.
Pirate3D’s software Smart Objects promises to simplify the creation of 3D objects with its drag-and-drop interface. Unlike other 3D design software, Smart Objects claims that even one with no prior experience can easily make 3D objects.
The Buccanneer printer also offers Cloud Wi-Fi printing and is mobile-enabled, two features not found on the Makerbot Replicator 2.
If no delays occur, Pirate3D hopes to start manufacturing the printers on October 15, and deliver the deliver the 500 early production units of the Buccaneer on December.