PLA wood Addnorth

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PLA filament filled with wood fibres with a surface finish similar to natural wood.

PLA wood Addnorth is a filament developed by the Swedish manufacturer Addnorth. Addnorth has an extensive range of materials for FDM 3D printing among which those oriented to engineering applications stand out, although it also focuses on the production of filaments for other sectors such as architecture or decoration, such as PLA textura or PLA textura Flare.

PLA wood Addnorth is a material composed of PLA and small natural wood fibres. PLA or polylactic acid is a biodegradable polymer obtained from natural resources such as corn, beets or wheat.

PLA is undoubtedly one of the most widely used materials in FDM 3D printing. This is due to its ease of printing, its compatibility with most FDM 3D printers on the market and the safety it offers the user. Some of the most outstanding features of PLA are:

  • Does not require the use of a hot bed.
  • Does not give off noxious gases.
  • Easy to configure in any laminating software.

PLA Wood Addnorth, thanks to its PLA base, maintains all these properties, making it a very easy material to print on almost any FDM 3D printer.

PLA Wood Addnorth contains 60% PLA and 40% wood fibres. The high content of natural wood fibres allows parts 3D printed with this material to have a surface finish very similar to that of natural wood.

Addnorth Wood PLA filament

Image 1: PLA wood Addnorth filament. Source: Addnorth.

The wood fibre content makes this material very easy to post-process, sand or paint, giving excellent results and further improving the surface finish of 3D printed parts.

The wood is composed of cellulose fibres bound with lignin. Once cut and dried, wood is used in a variety of sectors with countless applications. Undoubtedly, the fact that wood is a material that is so widely used in industry is due to factors such as its strength, flexibility, hardness and thermal and acoustic insulation properties, among others.

In addition, wood is an environmentally friendly material that comes from nature and therefore has a much lower impact than other materials.

Wood gives filaments such as PLA wood Addnorth a great aesthetic value due to its colour and texture, which depend on the tree of origin. PLA wood Addnorth is available in two different colours although, due to its natural origin, this shade may vary slightly from one spool to another.

Video 1: PLA wood Addnorth. Source: Addnorth.

One property that differentiates this material from other PLA filaments is the ability to generate different shades by varying the printing temperature. The higher the printing temperature, the darker the colour of the 3D printed material. Thus, by varying the temperature during the printing process of a part, a more realistic wood effect can be achieved. For more information on this subject, please refer to the following article.

Due to the wood fibre content of its composition, it is recommended to print this filament with a nozzle of at least 0.5 mm output diameter to avoid clogging. However, because these fibres are not abrasive, it is not necessary to use a hardened steel nozzle.

Addnorth Wood PLA filament is an ideal material for the manufacture of decorative or artistic pieces, allowing you to achieve very striking and aesthetic results.

3D printed part with PLA wood Addnorth

Image 2: 3D printed part with PLA wood Addnorth filament. Source: Addnorth.

Like the manufacturer's other materials, Addnorth PLA wood is also very useful for the manufacture of architectural models, allowing the properties of this material to be imitated with great accuracy.

Elongation at break (%) 10
Tensile strength (MPa) 46
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2950
Flexural strength (MPa) 3008
Softening temperature (ºC) 55
Biodegradable Biodegradable
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This filament is developed with a PLA base, so its printing is very simple, similar to standard PLA.

First of all, it is not necessary for the printing base to be hot, although if a hot bed is available, it is recommended that it is between 40 - 60 ºC to avoid any small signs of warping.

The adhesion of the first layer is key to obtain an optimal result, so BuildtakMagigoo or 3DLac can be used, although it is not essential, as this filament offers good adhesion to the printing surface.

The recommended printing temperature is between 200 and 230 ºC. It should be remembered that by modifying the printing temperature parameters, different tonal effects can be achieved on the surface of the 3D printed part.

As with PLA 3D printing, it is recommended to use the layer fan when printing Addnorth PLA wood filament.

Due to the wood fibres, it is recommended to use a nozzle with at least 0.5 mm output diameter to avoid clogging. Also, when printing with filaments containing fibres, it is recommended to clean the nozzle immediately after printing, using a filament cleaner such as SmartClean. This ensures that any debris that could later cause a jam is removed.

General information
Manufacturer Addnorth
Material Wood PLA Addnorth
Format 500 g spool
Density 1.15 g/cm3
Filament diameter 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,025 mm
Filament length ±180 m (Ø 1.75 mm - 500 g)
±68 m (Ø 1.75 mm - 50 g)
Colour Nordic birch, Light oak
RAL/Pantone -
Printing properties
Printing temperature 200 - 230 ºC
Base/bed temperature 40 - 60 ºC
Chamber temperature  Not required
 Coating fan Recommended
Recommended print speed -
Mechanical properties
Izod impact resistance (ASTM D256) -
Charpy impact resistance -
Elongation at break (ISO 527) 10 %
Tensile strength (ISO 527) 46 MPa
Tensile modulus (ISO 527) 2950 MPa
Flexural strength (ISO 178) 3008 MPa
Bending modulus (ASTM D790) -
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (ISO 75) 55 ºC
Melting temperature -
Specific properties
Transparency (ASTM D1003) -
Gloss value (ASTM D1003 for  20ºC) -
Further information
HS Code 3916.9
Reel diameter (outside) -
Reel diameter (inner hole) -
Reel width  -


* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend that you confirm the results and final properties with your own tests. For further information, please refer to the product data sheet.

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