Today’s blog looks back at woodFill, our first special 3D printing filament. Launched back in November 2013 it marked the first step into different materials beyond our standard PLA/PHA filaments. There are already many filaments called woodFill in the world. colorFabb woodFill is the original woodFill.
Achieving amazing results on the Lulzbot Mini: https://learn.colorfabb.com/woodfill-lulzbot/
A bit of history
True story: We produced the first test run of filament late October 2013, put it on the printer and… it worked! Flawlessly! This was mere days before we were off to the 3D Printing Show in London, early November 2013. With the few spools we had we printed a lot of examples, put them in our suitcases and off we went! (By train, it was still the olden days…) We heard the following many, many times during those 3 days:
“It smells like… wood.”
“That’s because there is real wood in the filament.”
“But how did you get the smell in there?”
“Because there is real wood in the filament.”
We admit, the main component is our signature PLA/PHA, but the wood is what makes the filament truly special.
We started with two variations: woodFill Fine and woodFill Coarse. Problem was that the Coarse could only be printed with a 0.8 nozzle and sales reflected that people were not eager to switch nozzles a lot. Only after a few months we discontinued woodFill Coarse and focused entirely on woodFill Fine. But a few times every year someone informs if there are still some spools of the Coarse left. Although we have seen great results with a 0.4mm nozzle, a lot of users would be more comfortable printing with a 0.6mm nozzle.
Printing with woodFill is rather easy:
Adviced 3d printing temperature:
Adviced 3d print speed:
40 – 100 mm/s
Advised Heated bed (if you have one, not strictly necessary)
woodFill has been added to the Ultimaker Market Place. You can easily download and use the settings in the latest Cura version for your Ultimaker printer. These settings have been verified by both colorFabb and Ultimaker to ensure a flawless user experience.
Print+ headphone. Original post: https://learn.colorfabb.com/printplus/
We have literally sent out thousands of woodFill spools all over the world and it has been a solid hit with our customers, old and new. Its ease of printing has really helped, but again: the smell of wood during printing, that authentic woodshop idea has been appealing for a lot of printers. And be honest: the prints look like they have been carved from… wood. Below are some great examples of prints made over the past few years:
Tony Short’s gift box. Original post: https://learn.colorfabb.com/colorfabb-gift-box/
Megafone amplifiers by AKLIH. Original post: https://learn.colorfabb.com/aklih/
BioPlastics Award. Base plate printed with woodFill: https://learn.colorfabb.com/bioplastics-award/
Design by Labern: https://learn.colorfabb.com/steelfill-canon/
Elephant design Acorn design Both the elephant and acorn were printed on the Ultimaker 2+ with a 0.6mm nozzle and a 0.2mm layer height. Print speed was 40mm/s with 20% infill and a nozzle temperature of 210C. Part of the acorn was printed with corkFill.
woodFill is available at all times and ships from stock. It is a very popular filament and altough it sometimes seems to be out of stock we are always in production and ship as soon as possible. Click on the spool below to go directly to the webshop:
Can the copperfill, bronze and wood fills be used in the Dremel 3D45 printer?
You will need to be able to adjust slicer settings to make sure you het the best possible reliability and printability.
These special materials do take more time to fine tune and are not plug&play like a standard PLA. Experimenting with slicer and machine settings is part of the proces.