Few 3D printers have caused as much of a storm in the 3D printing world as Pirate3D's Buccaneer 3D printer.
Recently launched on startup website Kickstarter, Pirate3D's Buccaneer reached its target goal within the first 10 minutes, and looking at the refreshingly simple machine, it's easy to see why it has quickly become one of the hottest 3D printers around. So far they have raised nearly $700,000 – with still 29 days to go!
Priced significantly cheaper than MakerBot's Replicator 2, Afinia's H-Series and even the Up! Mini, at a mere $347 this 3D printer promises to be a game changer, and may well have 3D printing's ‘big boys' a little concerned to say the least.
We have long been admirers of the Buccaneer here at 3DPrinterPrices.net and recently were fortunate to have the opportunity of interviewing the “Chief Executive Pirate” Roger Chang and ask him what we can all expect from the Buccaneer and Pirate3D.
1. Who is Pirate3D and how did it come to be?
Pirate3D came to be when two material science students – Brendan and You Jun – were sick and tired of paying thousands to get a simple plastic bottle prototyped. You Jun learnt about 3D printing while looking for a better solution, and roped me in to help put together one of the cumbersome kits. I pulled in a professor (Neo) from my university, who then suggested we build our own machines instead. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. Your new Buccaneer 3D printer will be offered at an amazing $347 – how has Pirate3D been able to make 3D printing so affordable?
Current 3D printers are not designed for manufacture. They are built in small batches, or come in kit form. We designed ours to be easily manufactured, which brings down the per-unit cost of the devices. We're also retailing our 3D printers at close to cost price; we make little to no profits on our machines.
3. Who should buy a 3D printer?
Everyone! We believe one day 3D printers will be an essential piece of technology, much as personal computers have become.
4. What kinds of things can people print with a Buccaneer?
The possibilities are limitless. We ourselves tend to use the Buccaneer to build a lot of engineering parts. It's so much faster to prototype with a 3D printer than to rely on machining.
5. What's next for Pirate3D?
Right now we're just aiming to get a machine into as many homes as possible. Further development would mean more refinements to our technology so we can offer 3D printers that make prints better and faster, and are much easier to use for everyone.
6. When can people get their hands on the Buccaneer?