Pirate3D is launching preorders of its Buccaneer 3D printer, priced at US$497, on November 1, 2013 on their website pirate3d.com. Preorder units will be shipped in April 2014. From April onwards the Buccaneer’s retail price will be US$697.
“This is the last chance to get your hands on the Buccaneer for US$497 before it hits the shelves. Our manufacturing capacity is limited, and we encourage people to subscribe to the waiting list on pirate3d.com to get their units faster,” said Chief Executive Pirate (a.k.a. CEO) Roger Chang. “We are also offering education pricing with progressive discounts for large order volumes,” added Chang.
The company launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Buccaneer on Kickstarter in late May 2013 and the campaign closed on June 29 amassing US$1.4 million in pledges from 3,520 backers. This makes the Buccaneer the most successful fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer on the site.
“We were amazed by the enthusiastic support when we debuted the Buccaneer on Kickstarter. Our goal of US$100,000 was reached in less than 10 minutes,” said Chang.
The 3D printer can be operated wirelessly from a user’s computer, smartphone, or tablet. Detailed specification will be available on pirate3d.com very soon. The product development team can receive and examine up to three prototypes per week since the proximity of the manufacturing facilities to the company’s R&D lab allows it to improve continuously the Buccaneer.
“Our team has put a lot of engineering prowess into the Buccaneer to ensure its reliability and ease of use. Precision of all its mechanisms is simply impeccable. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing The Buccaneer to the market,” said Chang.
The Buccaneer will also launch on Amazon US shortly after the preorder opening.