Our vision is a 3D printer in every home. This would be impossible if the device costs a few thousand dollars
Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
“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. “We intend to build an ecosystem of innovation and creation. However we would never reach our goal if 3D printers remain as novelty items that are priced beyond the reach of the everyday consumer.”
The Buccaneer® offers print quality comparable to other Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) devices on the market. Designed with stamped steel parts, the Buccaneer® 3D printer can comfortably produce high quality 3d prints at speeds of up to 50mm/s. At maximum resolution, the Buccaneer® prints at 100 micron layer heights.
“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. “The Buccaneer® communicates wirelessly with mobile devices via WiFi, and this allows you to control it via your mobile phone or tablet - this makes using your Buccaneer simple and intuitive. 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!”
Pirate3D maintains their affordable price by maintaining lean margins and cost saving manufacturing techniques. “We could have marked up our selling price and bathed in piles of cash,” says Brendan Goh, Pirate3D’s Chief of Operations. “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.”
The Buccaneer® was designed to be built using cost saving mass production & design for manufacturing (DFM) processes. Relying on stamped metal parts and extrusions, the Buccaneer™ can be produced in bulk at low cost. In comparison, current consumer 3D printers are designed to be made in small batches.
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. Interested parties may subscribe to their newsletter to be informed of the pre-order launch date.