Topping the list of things I don’t need but do want this Christmas is The Buccaneer by Pirate3D. Priced at $347, it is the world’s most affordable, user-friendly consumer 3D printer. The company already has a $700,000 funding through their Kickstarter page and their earliest backers will be able to get their hands on the first batch of these compact beasts in December 2013.
PLA filament cartridge loads at the top. The cartridge cost $12 per 300 gram roll ($10 for backers at their Kickstarter page). You can create your own toys, cutlery (the PLA plastic is food safe), accessories and more. A boon for people working on prototypes and small-run projects.
Also a plus — small footprint and sleek minimal design.