0.25KG of 1.75mm LAYWOODmeta5 wood filament in light cherry color. Kai Parthy, 3D printing expert and wood filament pioneer, has introduced a new “cardboard-like” wood 3D printing material called LAYWOODmeta5. The rough-surfaced material floats in water and is thermally isolating, making it an ideal material for cup holders and similar products. LAYWOODmeta5, so called because of five key properties it exhibits, is a highly porous 3D printing material that’s so light it floats on water. Weighing as little as balsa wood, the filament can purportedly “swim,” and would surely make a useful addition to your next 3D printed boat project. (Just remember that the filament will float when rinsed, but will submerge when unrinsed.) That impressive porosity and low density is LAYWOODmeta5’s first key property, and at 0.5 grams per cubic centimeter, the material is certainly on the lighter end of the filament spectrum. But there are other interesting features about Parthy’s new wood 3D printing material. Its surface texture, for example, is very rough. This cardboard-like feel, the second main property of the filament, gives objects printed in the material a rustic look. The material can even be changed after printing is complete, because the third property of LAYWOODmeta5 is its climate responsiveness, an unusual feature that means the material can be marginally elongated when rinsed in water, or shrunk slightly when dried. Usefully, this elongation is also entirely reversible, so 3D printed objects can be returned to their original shape and size after climate exposure. The fourth property of Parthy’s new filament is one for the coffee lovers. Yes, the 3D printing material is great for thermal isolation, meaning makers can use the filament to 3D print their own cup holders for protecting hands from cups of hot drink. This feature comes about because of the low thermal conductivity of the porous structure of the material.
0.25kg / 0.55 lb of LAYWOODmeta5 wood filament, Made in Germany
Please DO NOT rewind and mount it on adjustable holder from inside of the coil
Porous, density: ~0.5 gr/ccm; rough, feels as cardboard, Possible to paint with waterbased inks.
Only 50% density of standard 3d printing filaments, Contains open cell pores inside after rinsing with water for 2 days, dry the object with fan, not in oven.
Print at 225-250°C, cold! platform, Zero warp, sticks well as ABS as platform,