Sep.20, 2012

Inventor Kai Parthy has developed a new FDM filament that can print "wood" on RepRap 3D printers.

This wood filament LAYWOO-D3 is a wood/polymer composite - the filament contains recycled wood and harmless binding polymers. The material has similar thermal durability as PLA and can be printed between 175°C and 250°C. "After printing it looks like wood and smells like wood." Depending on the temperature you can even print wooden-like objects with annual rings. At 180°C, the prints has a light color, at 245°C it becomes darker. Afterwards the printed objects can be cut, grinded or painted.


  • near zero warp
  • rough or smooth surface possible during one print
  • printable tree-rings
  • stick well on print bed, no heated bed necessary
  • recommended extruder temperature 185°C (bright) to 230°C (dark color appearance)
  • the filament contains 40% recycled wood

Currently, little trial amounts of this revolutionary material is available in a 3mm version via Ebay. German RepRap GmbH is also selling Wood 3mm Diameter material in their shops. It comes as bundle of 500g as shown in the picture below.

  • Weight: 0.5 kg
  • Dimensions: 30 cm × 30 cm × 5 cm
  • Price: 16,76€ (19,94€ incl. MwSt.)

According to Parthy, 1.75 mm filament will be produced in the future.

watch the video below the process in action:

Source: Thingiverse

Posted in 3D Printing Materials




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We are Japanese and carry Maker-Bot 3D printer. I have interest your 3D printer Could you supply to Japan?

Paloma Sherman wrote at 4/3/2013 7:52:55 PM:

sorry *Kai

Paloma Sherman wrote at 4/3/2013 7:51:52 PM:

Hi Kathy, Do you know of any companies that are offering this filament in their 3D printing services?

Anonymous wrote at 9/23/2012 7:47:39 AM:

Print a witch! Print a witch out of it! :D

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