May.30, 2013

Pirate3D's low-cost 3D printer is now, finally, launched on Kickstarter.

The Buccaneer 3D printer has a list price of $347 and is one of the most affordable consumer 3D printer.

Pirate3D is offering on Kickstarter sets of The Buccaneer 3D printers bundled with patent-pending central-feed material spools. The devices are meant to function right out of the box with minimal set-up effort.

A very limited number (360) of these 3D printers will be given away at $247, a reward for those who back the Buccaneer campaign early. Another limited number of 3D printers are available for early delivery date of December 2013. Other rewards available include limited editions Pirate3D t-shirts and bumper stickers to thank backers for their support.

The company also posted a video showing its new Smart Objects beta application. Smart Objects allows users to easily customize 3D objects without having to learn how to use 3D Design Software. Just drag/click a few buttons and you will be able to edit and create a basic object. Once its done, you can share your image with your friends or send it directly to The Buccaneer to have it made. Android users can download the app here.

For more information on the printer itself, check out the Buccaneer 3D printer Kickstarter campaign here.

Update:

It is fully funded in around 15 minutes, congratulations!


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jd90 wrote at 6/1/2013 3:06:26 AM:

It does look like an H drive and not coreXY. XY has a crossover of belts and this doesn't have that. Getting that detail wrong is a bit suspicious. I kind of doubt the sub-$400 machine is getting that kind of linear slide either. Your electronics is taking $100 of the total cost, and that doesn't cover the motors themselves. Lots of questions and not many answers.

alidan wrote at 5/31/2013 9:46:09 PM:

honestly, i'm interested in the electronics part of this more than i am anything else. i want to build a pi printer to save money on 170$ for what a 35$ pie does and another 130$ on what a printerboard is. i also want to try and build an x and a y on the hot end side, so i can have the z access just go up and down... seeing models like this give me ideas for my printer i'm hoping to build at some point.

Sweeney wrote at 5/31/2013 2:27:12 PM:

The bits that people seem to be missing are: first deliveries start next year, it's PLA only and much of the software stack lives on the cloud (so they can charge subscription fees to use it). Not a good deal compared to the Makibox or a Printrbot jr for example, both of which will be in production long before that.

Zelogik wrote at 5/31/2013 8:06:16 AM:

The gantry is not a CoreXY system, but a H-bot gantry. But it's work really well in X and Y without any problem at all. I have made one and it's really fast, precise and repeatable. My main concern is more with Z axis and the possibly wobble/wibration with this setup. And the use of proprietary filament cartridge is ... no comment ...

Old 3D Man wrote at 5/31/2013 5:47:54 AM:

@Nobody - I used to produce 3D printers with the CoreXY system. Love it. However you are the idiot here. I took a look at the photo, what is wrong with their setup? Just to explain the simplest thing to you real quick, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ATTACH THE DAMN BELT ON BOTH SIDES TO THE CARRIAGE FOR THE X NOR HAVE TWO BELTS. This system should work just fine, however I would have to agree on one thing. The quality probably is not the best by using one belt, nor by using cheap bearings and motors. I will have to say, when you mass manufacture things, prices drop dramatically. I use to manufacture printers for 250 each, sold them for 700-2000. That was using top of the line parts. I am sure they have a plan and the skills, and just because it is not the ROLEX of 3D printers, doesn't mean you have to make fun of it. There is always a need for super low cost things to be sold to low income people. Duh...

Hoolio wrote at 5/30/2013 11:17:42 PM:

Yeah, looks bad to me. And first in the video they show an X,Y movement system, while latter they show another ugly one with bands. Initially I was attracted by the low price (as perhaps all the backers) but that idea about cartridges and cloud processing is very slavering to me. I think they will deliver something, just not as good as they say. It will be a 3d printer with a pretty exterior and low quality interior that will last less than a year working, like many low cost chinesse stuff. I also don't like the way they move when they speak.

Anon wrote at 5/30/2013 10:17:53 PM:

Agreed - this thing can't possibly be realistic.

nobody wrote at 5/30/2013 9:04:47 PM:

This guys are an idiots (sorry but exist only one correct word correctly described it). https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/000/585/427/5613f1e071b36a70f426edffeb827529_large.jpg?1368409135 They claim to use coreXY but this is coreX belts are putted wrongly and this system cannot work in any way than moving X if they have problem with this then I'm worry how final printer if any can work. Smell like a scum, looks like a scum probably it will be a scum.

Frank wrote at 5/30/2013 5:59:20 PM:

jd90: I agree with you. This price could not be obtained with hight quality components. I think also they have bird in hand and they think that they have a eagle but eagle can be chinese small ugly bird :) So as jd90 said they show only renders, a lot ugly cables and nothing more. For me it will be big SCAM, but we'll see :)

jd90 wrote at 5/30/2013 5:29:42 PM:

Okay.... How did it take this long to show us the mechanisms for the machine? All previous promotional material was just renderings. I wonder if they have any experience in mass production.



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