Wood Filament Guide – The 5 Best Wood Filament Brands
The invention of wood filament in 2013 brought renewed public interest to 3D printing in general.
After all, if you can print wood, what can’t you print?
Quality matters a lot when printing with wood filaments because they aren’t the easiest filaments to print with. And if you are having trouble printing with wood filaments, check out these 5 tips for printing with wood filaments.
The main problem is that it’s hard to find the correct temperatures to print with. But there are so many brands of wood filament out there that it’s hard to know which are high quality.
That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of the top 5 best wood filament brands around. These high quality brands also sell a few unusual types of wood filament for you to play around with, such as bamboo and cork.
So let’s get started.
The Top 5 Best Wood Filament Brands
1. ColorFabb Wood Filament
ColorFabb is a premium filament company from the Netherlands. The company makes easily the highest quality filaments in the world, and ColorFabb wood filaments are to die for.
That’s right, wood filaments with an ‘s’. They make three kinds of wood filament for you to play around with:
- Regular woodfill
All three have different properties. Let’s investigate each one:
The regular woodfill filament has that classic smell of burning wood, but it looks more convincingly like wood than other cheap wood filaments.
You can also sand and stain regular woodfill like other wood filaments.
Another fun post processing technique you can use with this wood filament is etching with a hot knife. Etching involves burning a pattern into the wood filament just like regular wood.
The bamboofill filament is the most versatile wood filament from ColorFabb, but also the trickiest to work with. It is definitely not for beginners.
You can get a wide variety of colors depending on the the temperature you print with. But the bamboo filament is so sensitive to burning that you will have to spend a lot of time unclogging and cleaning out your extruder before you find the perfect temperature for your prints.
Once you find the right settings however, printing with ColorFabb bamboo is very fun.
Finally, the corkfill filament is also challenging to work with for similar reasons that it is hard to work with bamboofill: getting that temperature setting correct.
But if you are having trouble with Corkfill or any other filaments, check out these 5 tips for printing with wood filaments.
The main difference between is the color. The corkfill is much darker than the others, which means you won’t get as much color variation at different temperatures. The darker color looks very cool though.
2. MG Chemicals Wood Filament
While MG Chemicals is a large company that sells chemical products of all kinds, they specialize in 3D printer filaments.
MG chemicals wood filament is made from PLA that includes 20-25% poplar wood particles. However, the particles are fairly large, so you should print with a 0.4 mm nozzle to avoid clogging.
It extrudes best at around 210ºC but you can also get darker shades in the wood by upping the temperature a bit. Just be careful not to fully burn the wood since that will clog your extruder.
The best part about MG Chemicals wood filament is that it sells for a very low price on Amazon.com. You will also get free shipping if you order a few spools at the same time. So if you are looking to stock up, this is a good deal.
MG Chemicals also has several distributors around the country. Visit their website for more information.
3. Hatchbox Wood Filament
Like the rest of the Hatchbox filament line-up, Hatchbox wood filament is top-notch.
The filament itself contains the standard 20% wood infill, which is itself fantastic.
But the thing that sets it apart from all other wood filaments is the quality control. Wood filament is notoriously difficult to print with, so Hatchbox has made sure to keep tolerances nearly perfect.
In fact, while the normal standard for filament tolerance +/- 0.05 mm., Hatchbox tolerances are often within +/- 0.01 mm. from the expected diameter. That helps reduce the instances of clogs and will likely happen anyway while you search for the right settings to print wood filament.
Hatchbox wood filaments are priced at around the same price as a regular PLA. For a cheap chinese filament with perfect tolerances, Hatchbox is at the top of the game.
You can find them on Amazon.com and get free shipping if you buy more than one.
4. SainSmart Wood Filament
SainSmart wood filaments are probably the most controversial brand on this list.
The reason is that SainSmart as a brand is known for being a little bit… cold… in terms of how they relate with their customers.
SainSmart is a large, Chinese manufacturer, and as such the products they deliver are little more mass produced and little less personalized.
SainSmart wood filament is fantastic though. There are two types: light and dark.
What’s the difference, and what is in them? It’s a mystery.
But they both work very well. The light wood can be printed at a higher temperature to create different shades on the finish of prints.
Both light and dark wood filaments can be sanded and look very much like actual wood. As with other wood filaments, you should expect some clogging and jams at first before you find the right printer settings.
You can buy rolls of SainSmart filaments for a medium-to-high price on Amazon. The price is the only downside to Sainsmart wood filament. Everything else about it is great.
5. Lay Filaments Wood Filament
No list of wood filaments would be complete without at least mentioning Laywood and the inventor of wood filament: Kai Parthy. Kai invented wood filaments in Germany in 2013 and basically set off a vast new wave of interest in 3D printing.
Although Kai has moved on to create many other experimental and revolutionary filaments, his company Lay-filaments still sells excellent wood filaments.
Beyond the regular Laywoo-3D wood filament that made him famous, he now sells a flexible wood filament that is one of a kind. You can’t find flexible wood filaments anywhere else as far as we can tell. (Let us know in the comments if we are wrong about that.)
The best place to get Laywoo-3D is on Amazon and from various suppliers like Matterhackers.
Laywoo-3D is often labeled as “light cherry” wood filament and the price is good depending on the supplier. But you won’t get a full spool from most sources. At most, you’ll get 100 grams.
Final Thoughts On The Top 5 Best Brands of Wood Filament
Wood Filaments are often super difficult to print with.
If you are having trouble working with any of the brands listed above, check out this list of helpful tips for printing with wood filament. Hopefully someday there will be a completely hassle free wood filament, but for now the above brands will do just fine.
If we’ve missed any wood filament brands that you think should be included in this list of the top 5 best wood filament brands, leave us a comment below.
Otherwise, head over to amazon to check out all of these, plus customer reviews and exact product specifications. Happy printing!