Wood Filament Review 6 comments

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 of different kinds. Its qualities in reference to strength, for example, can be similar to PLA. There are no formal specifications for 3D printing materials and especially for new PLA composites. The properties of the end result together with the whole printing experience depends largely on what the non-PLA part of the filament is made of. Click on picture to zoom

Wood Filament - 3D Printing Material - Groot

The early attempts to create wood-like objects included saw dust in the filament mix. This resulted in the makes being more like cardboard, less tightly built and more brittle than PLA. Nowadays the market has new range of wood filament, which create more authentic-looking objects. They smell and feel like real wood. Wood material made of bamboo, for example, creates sturdy objects that look like blocks of wood. Wood filament which is made of coconut particles has a distinctive finish. The end objects are water and salt water resistant. Those made in dark finish look very attractive.

Wood Filament - 3D Printing Material - Elephant Toy

Most of wood materials can be printed at temperatures ranging from 170 to 220 C. It is interesting to try out wood filament produced by a known brand, as it normally generates good printing results. The layers are tight and hardly visible even at 0.2 layer height. The objects can be sanded, sawed and painted just like real wood!

Houses on the Rock in wood filament

What could be also interesting to test is printing with wood filament at different temperatures. It is said to change the colour from light beige to dark brown. We observed that amazingly “tree rings” appear on the objects.

 3D Printing Test - Wood Filament

3D wood material is supposed to be relatively easy to print as it hardly even warps. Again, the better quality wood filament sticks well to the building plate, making it suitable for 3D printers without heated bed. Wood filament moulds and dries very quickly. Our objects were printed in Fillamentum Timberfill.

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3D Printing in Wood - Groot Trio Front

STL Files:

Elephant: thing:257911
Groot: thing:478806
Cuddling Owls: thing:50212
Houses on the Rock: thing:164868

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Hi, do you know if wood filament would be strong to print a ring out of it?
And does anyone know company who could print in wood filament please?


Hi Juraj. Wood filament qualities should be similar to PLA, but we find it a little bit more fragile. We would recommend printing ring on the side only, so the layers go uninterruptedly.
Did you try 3dhubs.com? Some of their members offer their 3D printing services in a wood-like material: Bamboofill, Polywood, etc.

Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker

thank you for the information. this may help me to learn more about 3d printing.


Hi, thank you for this. I replicated your instructions and it worked beautifully on my WASP 2040!
I would add that I think it’s best to disable the auto home (G28) command at the end of the print, when dealing with wood filament.
Mine at least is quite brittle, and the move home command caused the filament to snap (because the excess line hit the ceiling of my delta printer).
For my next print with this filament, I will disable the G28 return to home command.
Any other thoughts?