PolyWood™ is a wood mimic filament without actual wood powder, which removes all risks of nozzle clogs. PolyWood™ is made entirely with PLA using a special foaming technology. It exhibits the same density and appearance as wood.
PolyWood™ features Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology and Polymaker's Stabilized Foaming™ technology:
Jam-Free™ - Jam-Free™ technology improves the heat stability of Polymaker’s PLA filaments with softening temperatures over 140 °C. As a result, Polymaker’s PLA filaments show minimal softening in the “cold end” and can melt rapidly once entering the heating zone, leading to excellent printing quality with zero risk of nozzle jams.
Stabilized Foaming™ - Stabilized Foaming™ technology is used to produce foamed filaments, whose foam structure can survive the printing process and be inherited by the printed parts. This enables light weight 3D printed parts with unprecedented surface finish.
Light Weight - PolyWood™ is a first of it's kind light weight foam PLA designed to mimic the weight of real wood! PolyWood™ is 35- 40% lighter than regular PLA, only weighing 0.8 g/cm³!
Attractive Surface Finish - The Stabilized Foaming™ technology in PolyWood™ delivers an incredible matte surface finish which makes it a unique material choice for aesthetic applications such as architectural models, figurines, gaming dioramas, decoration or lifestyle parts.
Wood with no mess - Instead of using wood to mimic wood, Polymaker developed a unique foaming technology to deliver a material that mimics wood structurally. PolyWood™ is composed entirely of polymers. The Results? Excellent print quality without the risk of nozzle jams associated with other wood filaments..
Uncompromised Quality - With Polymaker's leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing, you can rest assured that PolyLite™ PLA will produce beautiful, reliable and accurate printed parts.
To learn more about PolyWood™, click the "Why people are using it", "Quality and Technologies" and "Specifications & FAQ" tabs.
Wood-like materials are a unique category of 3D printing filaments specifically designed to mimic the look and texture of real wood. PolyWood™ like many other wood mimic filaments uses PLA as it's base material which is one of the most popular base materials due to its low printing requirements and excellent dimensional stability.
PolyWood™ offers some unique differences to other commercially available solutions, specifically designed to solve many problems faced when printing other wood-like filaments..
- Features no real wood particles, delivering a wood mimic material with less clogging and hassles.
- Features Polymakers Stabilized Foaming™ technology which delivers an incredible surface finish and filament which is 35- 40% lighter than regular PLA.
- Features Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology to prevent heat creep related jamming.
- Minimal printing requirements.
- Exhibits excellent dimensional stability for large 3D printing projects.
PolyWood™ features no real wood particles, delivering a wood mimic material with less clogging and hassles.
Unlike commercially available wood-powder based filaments, Polymaker took a unique approach with PolyWood™ to deliver a more user friendly wood mimic filament composed entirely of polymers. Wood powder in other wood-like filaments (often present in large amounts) tends mess up the flow properties of the polymer melt, resulting in poor printing quality. Furthermore poorly dispersed wood powder can even jam the extruder on your printer, which will never happen for PolyWood™.
PolyWood™ is 35- 40% lighter than regular PLA, only weighing 0.8 g/cm³!
PolyWood™ was the first 3D printable foam filament of it's kind, printing with a porous structure which mimics the grainy texture and weight of real wood. This structure enables PolyWood™ to print parts 35- 40% lighter than regular PLA. Polymakers Stabilized Foaming™ technology stabilizes the air bubbles inside the material so you can maintain the porous structure during and after printing.
Whether it be to print wood-mimic architecture models, beautiful household lifestyle projects or even insulation applications which utilize the intrinsic foamy structure, PolyWood™ is a popular choice for hobbyists, professionals and educators thanks to it's unique aesthetic properties, light weight performance and excellent print reliability.
The Stabilized Foaming™ technology in PolyWood™ delivers an incredible matte surface finish.
PLA based filaments are recognized as one of the most beginner friendly materials but with some 3D printers susceptible to heat creep, that reliable experience with PLA isn't shared by everyone. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology is engineered to provide an easier solution to heat creep by increasing the softening temperature of the filament.
PolyWood™ has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, perfect for applications featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit.
PolyWood™'s compatibility with specialized support materials, enables users with a dual extrusion 3D printer the ability to 3D print complex structures and geometry. PolyDissolve™ S1 is a dedicated support material engineered for printing water dissolvable supports with perfect interfacing and improved part surface quality. PolyDissolve™ S1 offers excellent compatible with a wide range of material types and Polymaker filaments including PolyWood™. PolySupport™ is a dedicated support material engineered to break away easily by hand without the risk of damaging the part.
Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.
At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Our precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.
Stabilized Foaming™ technology is used to produce foamed filaments, whose foam structure can survive the printing process and be inherited by the printed parts. This enables light weight 3D printed parts with unprecedented surface finish.
Polymakers patented Jam-Free™ technology dramatically improves the heat stability of their PLA filaments, by combining the latest development in biopolymer formulation and advanced polymer processing technologies. As a result, PolyWood™ filament exhibits a high softening temperature of more than 140 °C, over 80 degrees higher than other PLA filaments currently on the market. So while printing, the filament will never soften in the “cold end” and can melt rapidly once entering the heating zone. This leads to extremely smooth printing and no more nozzle-jams caused by heat-creep!
Where is heat creep common?
- 3D printers with cheap or older extruder designs.
- 'Higher Temperature' or enclosed 3D Printers.
- Dual Extrusion 3D Printers (as the filament sits idle for long periods of time)
Please note there can be many causes for why any filament may jam, including printing too close to the bed. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology is designed to prevent jams caused by heat creep. Jam-Free™ technology increases the softening temperature of the filament, not the heat resistance of printed parts. Parts printed in PolyWood™ exhibit normal thermal properties and heat resistance.
Industry Leading Quality Control
PolyWood™ like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous minimum 8 quality control processes ensure industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.
Tolerance: Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions to ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties: Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing: Before packaging, all Polymaker filaments are dried to a moisture level of < 0.1% to ensure the best printing quality and are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.
Transparent Spool: PolyWood™ is wound on Polymakers 600g transparent spools. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Bag: PolyWood™ is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PLA filaments, PolyWood™ is hygroscopic so we recommend using this bag for filament storage.
||190˚C - 210˚C
|Build Surface material
||Almost any surface (I.e Glass, Buildtak etc.)
|Build surface treatment
||None required, PVA glue or Magigoo Original applied to the build surface.
|Build plate temperature
||25˚C - 60˚C
||30mm/s - 50mm/s
|Recommended support material (optional)
||PolyDissolve™ S1, PolySupport™
Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters.
For other tips printing PolyWood™, click to read our advanced guide to 3d printing PLA or contact us!
STORAGE & DRYING
Before packaging, PolyWood™ is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyWood™ should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.
Like other PLA filaments, PolyWood™ is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air which can subsequently effect the quality and mechanical properties of the final prints. We recommend storing PolyWood™ in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality of the print. The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less).
If you hear popping sounds and notice that the surface quality of your print is uneven or the color is not consistent, this is a likely indicator that the filament has absorbed too much moisture. Spools of PolyWood™ can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 70˚C for up to 8 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.
||0.8 g/cm3 at 21.5˚C
||Stabilized Foaming™ and Jam-Free™ Technology
All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: Nozzle Temperature = 195˚C, build plate temperature = 60˚C, infil = 100%, cooling fan = ON
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.
||DSC, 10° C/min
|Vicat Softening Temperature
||ISO 306 GB/T 1633
||DSC, 10° C/min
|All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.
|Young's modulus (X-Y)
||2,636 ± 330 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|Young's modulus (Z)
|Tensile strength (X-Y)
||23.2 ± 0.4 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|Tensile strength (Z)
||14.5 ± 0.4 MPa
|Bending strength (X-Y)
||52.9 ± 0.3 MPa
||ISO 178, GB/T 9341
|Bending strength (Z)
|Charpy impact strength (X-Y)
||2.06 ± 0.19 kj/m2
||ISO 179, GB/T 9343
|Charpy impact strength (Z)
We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyWood™ and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!
The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.
PolyWood™ has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers.
Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.
Q: How does PolyWood™ compare to other wood-like materials?
A: Like Polymaker's other products, PolyWood™ is designed specifically with 3D printing in mind. The wood powder present in other wood-like filaments, tends mess up the flow properties of the polymer melt, resulting in poor printing quality. In filaments where the wood powder is poorly dispersed, users can also encounter consistent nozzle jamming. This will never happen for PolyWood™ as Polymaker add no wood powder during production of the filament. Instead developed their Stabilized Foaming™ technology which mimic the grainy texture and weight of real wood. PolyWood™ is also manufactured with Polymaker's patented Jam-Free™ technology to prevent heat creep jamming and during R&D, significant time was spent optimizing the softening temperature, material flow and printing characteristics to ensure excellent results on a wide range of 3D printers.
Q: Does Jam-Free™ technology prevent all filament jamming?
A: Jam-Free™ technology is designed to prevent jamming caused by heat creep. There are many reasons why a material may jam, such as printing with the wrong extruder temperature or incorrect nozzle height; Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology won't prevent jamming in these cases.
Q: Can PolyWood™ be printed at large scales without warping?
A: One of the benefits of PLA is the ability to print large parts with excellent dimensional stability; we have many customers printing large full-size printing projects in PolyWood™. Please note that while PLA materials don't warp in most situations, printing with poor first layer adhesion can cause any material to warp and printing or the heated bed too hot can cause any PLA filament to crystallize rapidly, creating internal stress and warping.
Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™ filament are the recommended support filaments for PolyWood™. If your 3D printer is not equipped for multi-material, self-support can be used.
Don't know where to start? Or which filament will suit your application? We have a broad range of support options including telephone support. Contact us today!