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My First 3D Printer - Pirate3D Buccaneer

This is the 3D printer that many had touted as easy and works flawlessly. This is a printer for someone who wants to bypass the hassle that comes with endless customisation. This is also one of the few small form factor 3D printer, the other being Da Vinci Mini and M3D. So how does the reviews compared to actual usage?

It really works and the quality of print is fantastic even at 200 microns. It is as reliable as any of your inkjet printer. It can connect wirelessly to your home network so that you can print wirelessly from your PC. However to do that, you will need to connect your mobile to the buccaneer wifi during the initial setup and configure it to connect to your home wifi. Once that is done, you can literally print from anywhere in your home. You can print up to a size of 13cm x 9.6cm x 13.9cm and up to superfine print of 50 microns.
Let's look at the cons. Buccaneer doesn't have the power switch, you have to switch your main to turn on and off. You can only use the buccaneer software to print your project. The buccaneer software comes with the Pirate3D 3D library - Treasure Island that you can just select what you want to print but the models are quite limited. You can also download STL files from sites like Thingiverse and print using the buccaneer software, however it seems like the software have difficulties with complex model.

I understand that many people grips about having only be able to print PLA filament. I am actually fine with that since it is non-toxic and emits any smells unlike ABS, this is safer and cleaner for the house. Also, i need not worry about setting the temperature or any other parameters associated with some other 3D printers.
I have successfully printed many "junks" over the past few days from the STL files that I have downloaded from Thingiverse.

I have also encountered filament breakages in the guiding tube. This is easy to remove. However I did encounter some filament stuck in the extruder. Luckily Pirate3D did provide some videos in their YouTube channel to show you how you can clean that up using a T2.5 allen key.
So should you buy this? If you checks on the criteria below, then yes.
  • You want a small form factor 3D printer. It is 25.8cm (L) x 25.8cm (W) x 44cm (H). 
  • You want the hassle free of meddling with the temperature, material settings etc.
  • You want peace of mind.


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