We’ve been buzzing about the sub-$400 Buccaneer 3D printer for a couple of weeks now. And this morning, at 8am PST/11am EST, Pirate3D finally launched its Kickstarter campaign. Now, just hours later, the company has already met its funding goal.
That was lightning fast. The company set out a $100,000 goal, and just four hours later, twice that amount has been raised. It’s almost unimaginable how far the funding can go, considering there are 29 days left in this campaign.
Pirate3D surprised fans by making an early-bird offer that was too good to refuse — a 3D printer plus cartridge combo for just $247, with a ship date of February 2014. That is, frankly, unheard of for this technology. Unfortunately, the promotion is sold out at this point. The next tier offers the same bundle and release date for $347 (plus $50 shipping in the U.S.). As of this writing, this too is almost gone, but there are 123 spots still available. From there, more tiers are available at the same price, with ship dates scheduled further out, as well as a developer tier and a premium package.
The speed and veracity of interest is stunning, as pledges come pouring in. So if you’re interested in the Buccaneer, you may not want to wait too long to snag it. (You can do so here.) Not sure? Then check out the promotional video below.
I agree completely with Chief Executive Roger Chang, in that accessibility and user experience are the keys to making 3D printers widely adopted. And now that a budget option is available — and being wildly embraced by the public — you can bet the competition is paying attention. We can’t wait to see if/how that influences the market.
From where we sit, it looks like a broad-based maker revolution has begun — and gotten off to a tremendous start.