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