Polymaker Polywood filament

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Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » July 12th, 2018, 11:49 am

Well I am trying to dial this stuff in to print a bit nicer on my Ultimaker 2+

The instructions indicate it wants hotter...I printed at 210 and I probably should do 220.

It's the top of the print that makes me think hotter would not be ideal tho?
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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by shurik » July 12th, 2018, 3:04 pm

I think it's OK. The side walls are good, the leftovers at the top can be wiped off with a finger.
Do you like the quality of this stuff?

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » July 12th, 2018, 5:17 pm

It's a small roll and we really want to make a Groot with it

I'm going to try a cooler temp, maybe 200 or even as low as 195

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by Lez0 » July 13th, 2018, 3:13 am

I am guessing that each manufacture uses different material to get the wood effect.
I use Sunlu and it prints with the same settings as PLA and give excellent results, I did a Groot as well.
Yours seems a bit more "wood" than plastic colored wood, if you know what I mean.

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » July 14th, 2018, 12:43 pm

We got a good result...a few stringies here and there but perfect for a wooden Groot

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » September 19th, 2018, 11:50 am

Okay so I was meaning to come back here and give some information that might help others.

This stuff, which like a lot of wood filaments, is very stringy. I found I had to increase the retraction distance 2 mm more than my usual stock settings (6.5 mm on the UM2+)

Temps, well they advise some high temps but in my testing, 192-197 seemed to work best.

I still had a few whispy hairs and I suppose a bit more retraction distance (or even speed) might have solved that.

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by GrueMaster » September 20th, 2018, 1:41 am

Have you tried different temps for different layers? Hotter tends to darken (scorch) the filament, lower temp is lighter color. Worked for me on my Hatchbox Wood PLA (although I had to sand and polycoat for it to show).

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » September 20th, 2018, 3:26 pm

Well this is an imitation wood...no wood filament in it to scorch

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Re: Polymaker Polywood filament

Post by LePaul » October 9th, 2018, 12:41 pm

The one added detail I will add, while it is fresh in my mind...this filament could look under extruded in areas if the temp was too low. I found on one print, 197 was a tiny bit too low as I started to see tiny gaps. But nudge the temp to 200 and things looked better.

This is one of those filaments where I would really suggest some retraction test prints from Thingiverse and others. I know I am tempted to just do a calibration cube and see how that appears, then try a large print. That bit me in the rear end :)

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