Pirate3D launched the Buccaneer, a sub-$400 3D printer on May 30 and as of now its campaign has already passed the $500,000 mark. The company has just announced its first stretch goal: upon meeting the stretch goal of $500,000, the company will donate 10 units of The Buccaneer 3D printer and conduct trainings in 3D technologies, design and apps development to selected African institutions, writes Pirate3D.
As part of its corporate social responsibility program (CSR) Pirate 3D will partner with Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University, an internationally recognized authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide to bring the potential and power of 3D printing to the youths in Africa.
“It is important for developing countries to recognize the disruptive effect of 3D printing technologies, and be prepared through awareness, education and training,” said Prof Calestous Juma, Director of the Science, Technology & Globalization Project in Harvard Kennedy School. “Youths should be given the opportunities to appreciate emerging technologies such as 3D technologies and apply their creativity to develop innovative products.”
“We believe in contributing to society. Our vision is to democratize innovation, foster creativity, and facilitate entrepreneurship in the local communities.” said Prof. Neo Kok Beng, Chairman & Co-founder of Pirate3D and associate professor at the National University of Singapore.
“We will extend this project to other developing countries if it is well received, and within our financial capabilities. We could achieve this with great impact for the society with the support and partnerships with the 3D community worldwide. If you are interested to contribute: developing course, conducting voluntary training, and any other exciting ideas – please contact us.”