PolyWood™ has been supplied to us by Polymaker. This product contains no actual wood – but you wouldn’t know it. Instead a foamed structure is activated during the printing process which mimics wood aesthetics – it is the only 3D printable foam material currently on the market. You often cannot tell a part has been 3D printed due to the foaming agent which conceals the laminate layers.
PolyWood™ is light weight, so imitates natural wood perfectly – with a density of just 0.8 g/cm³ the material is 35-40% lighter than ordinary PLA and is therefore perfect for printing any number of ‘wooden’ structures from dolls houses and the contents, to garden ornaments, chess sets, pen pots etc.
The material is composed entirely of polymers – unlike other examples which are blends of chopped wood powder and polymer – so excellent print quality comes without the risk of nozzle jams, and the surface of the printed items feels textured, resembling real wood.
Each reel is sealed in a reusable zip lock bag with a sachet of silica gel to control moisture. The bag is then placed in a sturdy windowed box for shipping.
Included on the reel is an eeprom which can be read by a Robox® device. The EEPROM stores data on the material and statistics of use.