It seems that the usefulness of 3D printers is reaching an almost endless amount of different uses. Normally, 3D printers are only designed to accommodate various plastics that can be joined together through connectors after the printing process has been completed. However, a recent experimental study conducted by hardware and peripheral enthusiast, Barnacules Nerdgasm, revealed that it’s possible to use different materials not officially supported by printers, such as wood.
A Word of Warning
It’s of course prudent to note that because wood printing isn’t officially supported by 3D printing vendors, doing so may violate any warranties and terms of sale. It’s therefore important for users to do a thorough check of their documents to verify whether or not experimental printing processes will violate any warranties that may be in place. Of course, this technique has been shown to be safe, but it does require a bit of a steady hand when it comes to loading the printer with the wood filament and doing this should only be attempted by those who are intimately familiar with the inner makings of their printers. It’s certainly not something that should be done on a whim “just to see what would happen” as this could cause unnecessary damage to a printer, its parts, or even the user. Be careful!
Who is Barnacules Nerdgasm?
Nerdgasm is a software developer who works for Microsoft as his day job, then becomes a YouTube sensation by night. He’s well-known around the world for his experimental trials and procedures that push hardware to its limits and he reveals just what’s possible in the world of peripheral devices.
In one of his most recent YouTube videos, Nerdgasm wanted to attempt something that he and other 3D printer owners haven’t successfully accomplished up until this point: he wanted 3D print a sliding top using wood filament inside of a 3D printer. The results were very successful on his part.
The Settings Used
Of course, this is exactly where having an intimate awareness and understanding of hardware comes into play because it’s just not possible to throw a bunch of wood filament into a 3D printer and hope for the best using default settings. Instead, Nerdgasm customized what was happening within the printing process to ensure that the wood filament could be accommodated and not end up doing damage to his device or himself.
The settings he used were:
• 70c bed
• 210c hot end
• 0.2mm layer height
• 100% infill
The results were very successful. He was able to print a small storage box using wood that only required sandpaper to do a little bit of touch-up work in the end. Nerdgasm commented that he fully intends to continue using this sort of a procedure when working with 3D printers in the future and doesn’t believe there are any differences in terms of the settings he used that could improve the process. It really did work out that well!