Wood composite 3D printing filament in action

Great-looking grain

Gary Hodgson's wood composite print of mini heart gears

The wood composite 3D printer filament that Taylor wrote about this week has been making its way into the hands of folks who ordered it before the initial supplies ran out.

One early buyer, Gary Hodgson, has been hard at work, printing a few different models and experimenting with photographs of the material under different lighting conditions. The most interesting one so far is a keychain variant of the popular heart gears project, pictured above with a camera flash.

Contrast that with these fluorescent and daylight photos:

Gary Hodgson's wood composite print of mini heart gears

Gary Hodgson's wood composite print of mini heart gears

I think that it looks a little gross under fluorescents, personally. :)

He reports that the material behaves much like PLA, and feels a little “spongy” before a printed object has finished hardening. Hopefully there will be new suppliers of the wood composite filament before long, so that more people can experiment with it!

If you’d like to read the rest of Gary’s thoughts and see more photographs, check out his two blog posts here: http://garyhodgson.com/reprap/2012/09/printing-with-wood-composite/ and here: http://garyhodgson.com/reprap/2012/09/more-wood-composite-printing/

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Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.

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One Response to “Wood composite 3D printing filament in action”

  1. Gary Hodgson Says:

    My wife also said that she doesn’t like the material – that it gives her the heebie-jeebies :) I quite like it myself, but I know that much more elegant results should be possible with a tighter calibration and some more experimenting.