"Our vision is a 3D printer in every home. This would be impossible if the device costs a few thousand dollars." said Pirate3D's CEO Roger Chang.
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.
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jd90 wrote at 5/16/2013 7:16:10 PM:
They don't show the mechanism or the thing in operation. I certainly won't recommend one. Making a reliable, consistent and easy to use 3D printer isn't easy, much less doing it on the cheap. They haven't proven that this machine has any of those attributes, other than the low price. Heck, they haven't even shown that it's a machine. It's a shell of clear plastic and metal, the parts could have come from any other machine. The sample parts weren't that impressive either.
Pulsar wrote at 5/14/2013 9:37:55 PM:
You can have your vision, but it's other thing to deliver it. They must use cheapest steppers on market and simplified electronics to have $347 price. If they don't have room for retailers to have their own profit cut, then they need to do sales work by themselfs and that means small market penetration.
JIDEO wrote at 5/14/2013 10:37:28 AM:
My 3D printer (mendel 90) price was 500 USD, nothing being bought from providers in significant amount (1000 pcs ++). A rule of thumb is that for each power of ten, you can reduce the base price by at least 10%. So basically, from the price you can deduce that they will be producing 100K units. For doing so, you open your own assembly factory and you buy your main providers, and off course, you do all of that in China.
. wrote at 5/13/2013 11:15:11 PM:
Jeb Kerbin wrote at 5/13/2013 8:37:24 PM:
From their page "Sign up for email updates and a chance to win one!" Signed up - "Like us on Facebook for a chance to win one!". Yeah, sorry guys, go to hell.
Suro wrote at 5/13/2013 1:01:10 PM:
I'm impressed, but not confident - that's not much at all, and makes even the electronics a huge portion of the cost, not to mention the four motors generally needed, the hot-end, and the frame. Not much left for profit, warranty/service, and other such things.