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Filament Review: Fillamentum “Timberfill Cinnamon” Wood PLA

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by Anatol Locker
Jun 22, 2018

Filament Review: Fillamentum “Timberfill Cinnamon” Wood PLA

Fillamentum’s "Timberfill" filament series is made of biodegradable materials based on wood. All3DP takes the Timberfill Cinnamon on a test ride.

Every Friday, we review a 3D printing filament or resin. This week‘s filament is Fillamentum’s Timberfill Cinnamon wood filament.

Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon Review What‘s Special?

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The Czech Republic-based Fillamentum offers a Timberfill series, which is made from 100% biodegradable sources. The base material is PLA, with added wood components. Currently, there are four color variations, ranging from “Light Wood Tone”, “Rosewood”, “Champagne” to “Cinnamon” – which we are reviewing here.

The material prints similar to regular PLA. Fillamentum recommends using a 0,5 mm nozzle, print temperature and speed are lower as with regular PLA. All models printed with this material have a genuine appearance of wood.

The price for a spool is around $55.

Wood Filament
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Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon

Fillamentum’s Timberfill Cinnamon filament series is made of biodegradable materials based on wood. It has a nice reddish tint to it.

Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon Review The Verdict

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We tested the filament on a Lulzbot TAZ 6. Our spool came in recycled cardboard; with a re-sealable plastic bag plus a desiccant for keeping the material dry.

While printing, our workspace smelled like a sauna – and even afterward, the prints retained its pleasurable smell for some days. The Timberfill Cinnamon doesn’t actually contain any cinnamon, it just has borrows its color.

The Benchy turned out relatively nicely and overall fine, as you can see. Any specks and overhangs could be removed easily by hand.

More problematic: The stern showed some printing problems.

Overall, the color of the prints was consistent.

We didn’t encounter notable stringing, blobs, or generally problematic behavior. We only could find two small problems: First, a  small smear at the back of the Benchy; second, the lettering at the bottom of the test print wasn‘t readable. During printing, the filament broke once midway to the printer – the material is more brittle than regular PLA, so better handle it carefully.

As you can see in the microscope view, the layers adhere nicely for a wood filament, though a bit thicker as you are used from regular PLA.

Also, we printed two more models – the first one was the Groot Bust Sculpture. It turned out pretty awesome – it shouldn’t be a problem to paint and polish this print to make it an excellent figurine.

As a final print, we 3D printed a spork from the Credit Card Cutlery series on Thingiverse – some delicate features looked a bit bulky, but overall the quality was okay.

All3DP’s Verdict

Overall, we found the Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon to be a pleasure to print with. The layers turned out to be a bit thicker than expected, but a lot of this can be fixed either with the settings or post-processing the print.

Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon Review Specs and Settings

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These are the setting you need to 3D print the Timberfill Cinnamon; you can find the complete data sheet here.

Printer Settings for Timberfill Cinnamon

Filament diameter: 1.75mm, 2.85mm
Print temperature: 170-185 °C
Bed temperature: 40-50 °C
Suggested Printing speed: 20-30 mm/sec
Minimum nozzle diameter: 0,4 mm
Weight: 750 g

Wood Filament
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Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon

Fillamentum’s Timberfill Cinnamon filament series is made of biodegradable materials based on wood. It has a nice reddish tint to it.

Fillamentum Timberfill Cinnamon Review How we Review

Friday is All3DP’s “Filament Friday”, where we take a spool of filament for a short test ride.

Every spool is brand new and unopened.

First, we 3D print a Benchy and check for any inconsistencies. Then we print one or two other 3D printables – and provide you with the results. Slicing is done in the latest version of Cura, unless noted otherwise. The prints aren’t post-processed in any way; we just remove the support structures.

As for the printing settings, we take temperature and speed recommendations directly from the manufacturer. If the manufacturer offers a range, we go for the arithmetic middle. So if the manufacturer offers a range from 180-220 degree Celsius, we will set the printer for 200 degree Celsius (unless noted otherwise).

As a printer, we use a Prusa i3 Mk3 for 1,75 mm filament and a Lulzbot TAZ 6 for 2,85mm filament diameter.

Of course, every spool is different. Even within a filament range, quality may vary. We‘re also aware that tweaking other settings like retraction can be the gap between a successful and a failed print. So if you own a spool of that filament, we would love to hear from you. Any interesting experiences? How did your prints turn out? Please feel free to add to the comments section.

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