As promised Pirate3D have launched their Buccaneer 3D printer as a Kickstarter project and they have already raised over $250,000 (at the time of writing). That’s two and a half times their initial $100,000 goal, and with 29 days to go.
The Buccaneer is designed to be a low-cost machine with a high quality design. It will retail for $397, but 360 early backers will get one for only $297. The printer’s ease-of-use features, “Cloud Printing” store and Smart Objects 3D design software seems to have proved very enticing to 3D printer fans.
A quick recap. The Buccaneer has a build volume of 15 x 10 x 12 cm and can print 1.75mm PLA at a layer resolution of 100 microns. It’s enclosure is made from attractive brushed aluminum, attached to a steel plated body and with an aluminum build platform. The high-end feel of the 3D printer, with its convenient top-loading spool for the PLA filament, gives an attractive aesthetic which fits in with a lot of modern consumer electronics; think Apple.
The build platform uses a CoreXY system, now on its fourth version, which they say improves print quality and accuracy. The controlling electronics consist of a Sanguinololu with a Raspberry Pi, and combined together they provide smooth high quality prints and low production costs. Pirate3D cloud software integration allows the Buccaneer to be controlled using a web browser through the printer’s WiFi connection.
Once funding is complete development will continue to create a bespoke electronics package which will further cut costs for the printer’s production. Pirate3D have identified the Makerbot Replicator 2.0 as their main “competition” and are keen to note that it costs over $2,000 which is a great deal more than the Buccaneer.