You can print with wooden filament. Wha?
Yes, and it’s awesome. We just got this in and will be posting some pics later of some of our wood prints. This filament is PLA based, which means most PLA-OK printers can handle this, as long as you get your temp and speed settings correct. Once printed, these filaments can be sanded and even stained.
temps: we recommend between 185-215, but check with your printer manufacturer on this. Why the large range? Well, the extrusion temperature can affect the wood tone and color. Play around with temps and see what you get.
speed: print these fast. It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you print too slowly the resins in this filament can liquify and clog your extruder.
extruder: in our experience, a larger nozzle works better. .5 is ideal, though we print fine on a .4
bed temp: 50-60
Roll: .8kg roll
Wood Filament Note: check with your printer manufacturer before printing with wooden filaments. While most printers can handle the temperature and bed requirements, some stepper motors choke on the the resin that these filaments contained. They can also recommend specific speed and temp settings for your equipment.
Note: We’ve had two reported instances of filament either charring or, in one case, actually catching fire. Please ensure that your nozzle can push this filament through fast enough that resin does not build up inside the hotend.
5mm is going to give you the best results. 4mm might be OK, but test it first before printing a job you walk away from. 3.5mm might burn your house down**.
This is real wood. Wood resin + a 200 degree hot tip = hot melting wood. If you’re careful, it also = awesome, but please test several times to make sure this is going to work with your printer before getting lax on this. Thanks and stay awesome.
** We don’t cover burned houses, burned printers, burned pinky fingers, burned leather couches, etc. Print at your own risk. It’s like owning a dog that is 1/2 wolf and 1/2 pug – a bit extra awesome vs. a standard pug, but be careful.