3D Printing in Wood – Groot in Wood

The announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy part 2 created a wave of interest towards Groot in 3D printing community. A glimpse of Baby Groot in the movie trailer gave ideas to the designers. Makers all over the world are having fun recreating the famous character. For Groot 3D printing in wood seems like an obvious choice. Click on picture to zoom

3D Printing in Wood - Groot Trio Front

3D Printing in Wood – Groot Trio Front

Groot Bust that we printed following the first movie has two younger companions now. We liked Baby Groot Flower Pot design for a dreamy expression on its face. Full body Baby Groot is also adorable. It was printed in two parts. However, there is also a file available where the figurine can be printed as a whole. You can find the links to the Groot files at the end of this article.

3D Printing in Wood - Groot Trio Back

3D Printing in Wood – Groot Trio Back

3D Printing in Wood – Clogging Issues

In our experience, wood filament clogged both of our printers’ nozzles, Delta Wasp 2040 and Original Prusa i3 MK2. Fixing a clogged nozzle is not the easiest process, it can also be dangerous. Before trying to use wood filament we would recommend to become comfortable using PLA first and get to know your 3D printer well. When 3D printing in wood it is important to stick to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If the temperature is too low, the filament doesn’t flow, if too high it burns. Sticky tar residue may accumulate inside the extruder, even if it is not visible. See picture one below where it dripped onto an unfinished part.

Wood Filament - Nozzle Clogging Issues - Tar

Wood Filament – Nozzle Clogging Issues – Tar

It is good to know that wood filament may change colour depending on the temperature. As you can see on the 3rd picture, that top of the chimney has melted and is slightly darker compared to the rest of the object.

Wood Filament - Nozzle Clogging Issues - Burned Top

Wood Filament – Nozzle Clogging Issues – Burned Top

In a YouTube video below we are 3D printing in wood filament with Delta Wasp 2040. One of the finished Groot Busts gets treated with varnish. This preserves wood and makes it last longer. In Wood Filament Review video, we show Cura, slicing software, settings that worked well for the Elephant Toy. It was designed with moving parts and there was no problem moving the legs straight off the printing bed.

Read More: Wood Filament Review

3D printing wood filament exists since 2012, but it could still be called experimental. It often consists of 60-70% polymers and 40-30% of recycled wood fibres … Read More
3D Printing Test - Wood Filament

STL Files:

Baby Flower Pot designed by Thomas Davis:
Baby Groot designed by Эрдэнэжаргал Бямбасүрэн (remixed one item version): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2023835
Groot Bust designed by Doodle_Monkey: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:478806
Elephant: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:257911
Cuddling Owls: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:50212
Houses on the Rock: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:164868
Wood fillament we used: Fillamentum Timberfill from Amazon

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