The Buccaneer 3D printer opened for presale orders on Pirate3D on November 01, 2013. Priced at $497, they’re expected to be shipped in April, 2014 before having the price increased to just shy of $700. However, is this printer expected to meet its very high expectations? While it’s difficult to give a clear indication of what’s going to happen here, it’s certainly possible to take a look under the hood per se and come to a better understanding of what this printer has to offer its users.
Who Are Pirate3D Pte Ltd?
The minds behind the Buccaneer 3D printer, Pirate3DP Pte Ltd. are a branch company funded by Red Dot Ventures, which itself was incubated by the Institution of Engineers in Singapore. Pirate3DP Pte Ltd. observed domestic trends that clearly indicated there was a growing demand for 3D printers outside of the typical manufacturing and industrious settings that these heavy duty peripherals were found in. The company launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter in May, 2012. The idea was to get the general public to contribute towards the research and development of a domestic 3D printer that would suit the needs of the most novice of users; assuming that the majority of buyers would have little to no experience using 3D printers.
The result was a resounding success. The campaign closed just one month later in June with a whopping $1.4 Million USD in contributions from the general public, which came from over 3,500 supporters of the project. This was enough indication to Pirate3DP Pte Ltd. to get things started and the Buccaneer 3D printer was created. It is expected to be officially launched in April, 2014.
What Does the Buccaneer 3D Printer Include?
Very few details are available regarding the technical specification of the Buccaneer 3D printer at this time, but the high-precision mechanics of the printer are manufactured in Singaporean facilities using a CNC system. This ensures the highest levels of compliance to quality control measures and will give consumers the peace of mind in knowing they’re buying a top-quality product.
The printer will be encased in a two-piece polycarbonate frame and won’t feature any buttons for users to interact with. The printer will be entirely controlled by software drivers on a user’s computer. However, in keeping with the times, these drivers will also be made available for wireless operation from a smartphone or tablet device: namely those running the iOS and Android operating systems.
The element of wireless connectivity certainly gives the Buccaneer the edge when it comes to modern usage. As it stands, there are no 3D printing applications for portable devices, but that is undoubtedly expected to change as these printers become more popular in a domestic setting. That won’t stop owners making use of their computer’s own wireless connectivity either. The Buccaneer is expected to read commands fed to it from a wireless connection in as seamless as a manner as wired connections. Does this mean wireless connectivity is the way forward for 3D printers? Not necessarily, but this innovative approach is certainly likely to be appreciated in a domestic setting. Wired connectivity will, of course, also be available.