by Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 5 June 2013

This has been the breakout kid in the world of 3D printing recently. Pirate3D wants to make 3D printing affordable and easy to use for all home consumers. Their solution is the Buccaneer, which allows you to do cloud printing and choose between working from a PC or mobile device.

It’s user-friendly as you can customize 3D objects without learning how to use 3D design software, and it’s also mess-free as it uses plastic printer cartridges. The printer is going for $347 on Kickstarter excluding shipping (compare this to MakerBot’s Replicator 2, which comes with a $2,199 price tag). The project reached its $100,000 goal in ten minutes and has already gone over the $500,000-mark.