California-based Pirate3D's Buccaneer reached its Kickstarter goal within the first 10 minutes of its campaign. This is an amazing accomplishment, considering the goal was $100,000. In less than half a day, the Buccaneer finds itself in the top ten on our list of the most successful printers funded on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Clearly, the pre-campaign marketing deserves credit. Information about the printer was released in chunks over time and a contest to guess the Buccaneer's price was held. A blog had been run and discussion forums were open, with Pirate3D publicly answering questions from interested parties.
The Buccaneer has a unique materials cartridge system, refillable with any filament. The printer can be accessed through a web app, similar to home routers by Netgear and Linksys. It is WiFi enabled and comes with proprietary software for both handheld devices and computers, with the ability to create rudimentary models from Smart Objects™. None of these features are included with most 3D printers that sell for a great deal more. The Buccaneer is very budget friendly at $397, including shipping (the first 360 backers got it for $297). Pirate3D is also said to be working on an automatic platform calibration system to ease the headache of bed leveling.
The printer uses 1.75 mm PLA and is capable of a 100 micron layer resolution. Its one drawback may be the relatively small build envelope, at 15 x 10 x 12 cm. However, the Buccaneer's aesthetic quality is undeniable – it won't look out of place in any office.