An Overview of Wood Filled Filament
Wood-based filaments are typically a composite that combines a PLA base material with wood dust, cork, and other powdered wood derivatives. Typically, the filament consists of around 30% wood particles, but the exact number may vary depending on the brand. The presence of these particles gives the 3D printed parts the aesthetics of real wood. This filament is also less abrasive compared to other composite filaments such as carbon-fiber filled and metal filled, since wood particles are much softer.
There are some wood-like filaments on the market that only contain wood coloring, but no actual wood particles, so these typically have a very different look and feel. This guide will focus on wood infused PLA filaments since these are the most common, but you can use these tips as a starting point for other wood-based filaments as well.
- Wood-textured finish is aesthetically appealing
- Does not need any expensive wear resistant nozzles
- Aromatic and pleasant smelling
- Prone to stringing
- Smaller nozzles can end up with partial clogs over time
- May require a larger size nozzle
Typical Hardware Requirements
Temperature: 45-60 °C
Heated Bed Optional
Enclosure Not Required
Temperature: 190-220 °C
No special hotend required
Cooling Fan Required