MG Chemicals wood filament
One of the cooler things you can do with your printer is to use exotic filaments. In my opinion wood filament is the coolest. Printing out a part that looks like it was carved from a block of wood is awesome. I was a shop kid in school (who would have guessed) metal shop, automotive, small gas engines I took every class I could but woodshop was always my favorite. Time would just fly in that class.
Making things out of wood just feels right. Maybe it’s the primitive aspect of carving out something from nature and reshaping it to something new or just that smell lumber produces but I have always loved working with wood (get your mind out of the gutter).
You can imagine finding out that you could print with wood filaments was an exciting day for me. I ordered a spool and fired up my printer (this was years ago mind you) and I have run a spool on my machines regularly ever since. Affiliate links ahead. If you like my articles consider clicking the affiliate links.
I’ve used a lot of wood filaments and filaments that tried to look like wood and the best I have found so far is from MG chemicals. Over the holidays I must have gone through 6 lbs of it. I was tight on cash this year so I printed gifts for people along with random items around the house. One of the things I like most about the about their blend is how easy it is to print with.
The first thing I printed when I built my folgertech ft5 was a baby Groot. I just used a pla setting in simplify3d and let it go. It printed out fantastic. It has one of the highest particle contents I have seen in these wood filaments but I have yet to clog my machine even once. I’m not one to do a lot of cleaning either. I do a cold pull in between Filaments but that’s about it.
Really if you are printing in wood you are probably planning to stain the final product and this is an area where MG Chemicals Wood PLA really shines. The high particle content means that when you give it a light sanding and stain it, you will see a nice deep and even stain. Overall a very high-quality PLA.
Pros and Cons…
- Easy To Print
- Sands like wood
- Smells like wood
- Stains Like wood
- Fooled family and friends into thinking it was wood
- Price. It’s not bad for an exotic but still spendy
- Becomes brittle if not kept airtight between uses
- Can clog or degrade nozzles
- Lots of stringing but easily cleaned with a file.
- Doesn’t bridge easy
If you haven’t printed with an exotic filament yet MG Chemicals Woodfil is a great place to start. You can get a half kg for 20$ and try it for yourself. I have a project I’m printing right now that’s going to look awesome when stained. I absolutely love this filament. Their other filaments aren’t very impressive but they got this blend right. I do wish they made an abs version so I could acetone smooth it first but I will take what I can get.