I have been following Pirate3D for quite a while now and have watched their 3D printer, the Buccaneer, evolve into something refined and elegant. This is something most other 3D printers miss the mark on because they put a lot of time into function over form.
The guys over at Pirate3D put just as much thought into their aesthetics as they did the functional side of things and the result is something of beauty. The Buccaneer is an additive deposition 3D printer meaning that it uses melted plastic filament to build the object layer by layer. This is the same way the RepRaps, Makerbots, PrintrBots, and Lulzbots handle their printing as well.
The Buccaneer uses 1.75mmm PLA filament which means there are dozens of colors available for about $40 per 1kg spool. "Current 3D printers have a very unfinished feel to them. By improving the aesthetics of a 3D printer as well as making the device more user friendly, we felt this could bridge the gap to mass adoption of 3D printing. Along with that, we want to also keep final price affordable so it would make economical sense to purchase a Buccaneer," the company said.
At the moment, early Kickstarters can secure a Buccanner for just $297 but that supply is running out very fast and will soon bump up to the next tier at $397. For anyone looking to get started in 3D printing, this is about the cheapest route at the moment and will allow you to be up and printing in minutes. Head over to Source #1 to check out their Kickstarter campaign!