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Wood Filled PLA filaments are typically composite and combine a base material with wood dust, cork, and other powdered wood derivatives. The filament consists of around 30% wood particles, but the exact number may vary depending on the brand. The presence of these particles gives the 3D printed parts the aesthetics of natural wood. This filament is also less abrasive than other composite filaments such as carbon-fibre filled and metal filled since wood particles are much softer. Some wood-like filaments on the market only contain wood colouring but no actual wood particles, so these typically have a very different look and feel. This guide will focus on wood infused PLA filaments since these are the most common, but you can also use these tips as a starting point for other wood-based filaments.


Features and applications

  • Wood-like smell during printing and in the final product
  • Inflexible and brittle
  • 100% biodegradable

[Print Size]

The number one reason for using wood filaments is the superior aesthetics that they can deliver, especially compared to standard plastic filaments. Prints made from wood filaments have a finish that comes very close to the naturally grainy look of natural wood. The layer lines that generally appear in 3D images can be sanded lightly and will blend very well with the overall grainy aesthetic you may be trying to achieve. All in all, wood filaments give you prints with a wood finish without going through all the complexity and having all the skills (not to mention the number of tools) needed for old-fashioned woodworking.

[Print Effect]
Standard: Support structures are removed and some light sanding is performed at the support locations. FDM parts will generally show clear layer lines known as stepping. If a smooth surface finish is required right off the machine, then they should consider other 3D printing technologies.
Custom: Custom surface finishes like painting and additional sanding can be requested.


The wood-textured finish is aesthetically appealing
Does not need any expensive wear-resistant nozzles
Aromatic and pleasant smelling


Prone to stringing
Smaller nozzles can end up with partial clogs over time
It May require a larger size nozzle

Industry application recommendation

Display and design items
Trinkets and jewellery

Material parameters

Download WOOD FILLED PLA Datasheet Here



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