Updated on 1 July.
Ten minutes. That was how long it took for Pirate3D, a Singapore-based startup, to smash the USD 100K fundraising goal on Kickstarter for The Buccaneer, their first ever 3D printer. The product has impressed geeks with its Apple-like sleekness and low price point of USD 347.
By the close of the campaign on 1 July, or more than a month after its start, the project has already received a pledge of USD 1.43M from 3,520 backers. The company aims to ship their first batch of printers by Christmas.
Unlike other 3D printers on the market at the sub-USD1,000 category, The Buccaneer is designed to be consumer-friendly and easy to set up. It’s not just a hardware product: The printer will be shipped together with Smart Objects, a mobile and PC app that enables anyone to craft complex shapes and send the design for instant manufacture — no knowledge of 3D software needed.