Pirate3D launched their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter earlier this year to raise funds for their 3D printer “Bucaneer”. The campaign closed on June 29, 2o14 having raised an incredible $1,438,765 from 3520 backers. Their initial target was to raise $100,000.
Now move forward a few months and Pirate3D is prepping to demonstrate their 3 D printer at the worlds largest consumer electronics show. Company CEO Roger Chang , COO Brenda Goh and Chief Designer You Jun Tsang will all be available at the important event as they demonstrate their printer.
“We are very excited. The US is a key market for Pirate3D, and this will be the very first time our US customers see the Buccaneer. This is a huge step for the company,” Chang said.
“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.
Encased in a rigid two-piece polycarbonate frame, the Buccaneer sports a minimalist design with no buttons and only a discrete light indicator. The Buccaneer can reach vertical printing resolution as high as 85 microns depositing plastic in layers indistinguishable to the naked eye. Moreover, the printer can also print continuously for more than 200 hours.
The machine also features a heated printing platform, auto-calibration functionality that allows to precisely position the printing platform for higher quality of prints, and a full-metal unibody extruder for smooth flow of filament. The printer can function as a server, wirelessly communicating with personal computers, tablets, and smartphones.
“We’re also developing a 3D printing cloud service to enable our users seamlessly download and print models in one click, and our own 3D modeling technology which makes creating complex designs even simpler than coding in Processing. Pirate3D is not just a hardware company. We pay equal attention to our software, and invite visitors to our booth to learn more,” Chang said.
The final iteration of the first Buccaneer is currently available for preorder at US$497 on the company’s website pirate3d.com. The company will start shipping preorder units in April.
Founded in late 2012, Pirate3D is printing startup seed-funded by Red Dot Ventures and incubated by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES).
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