3D Printing with Wood at CAWP

The latest piece of new equipment to arrive at CAWP is a 3D printer known as a Lulzbot TAZ 2.0. We have acquired the machine to start investigating what is possible with this technology. We’re especially interested in using a printing material, or filament, called Laywoo-D3. It’s a wood-based 3D printing filament invented by Kai Parthy in the Netherlands and is a wood/polymer composite containing 40% recycled wood mixed with binding polymers.

Over the next few months we’ll be experimenting with the material to see what it can do. We’ll have the machine running at our Open House on January 30th – in the meantime here are a couple of shots of our first efforts.

octopus with Laywoo-D3

This is our 3D printer in action, producing a wood-plastic composite version of the trademark Lulzbot octopus.


Here’s a seasonal snowflake, celebrating Vancouver’s first flurry of the season, happening outside our window right now.

Are you a designer or manufacturer with an idea for a product you’d like to try on our printer? Contact us and we’ll try to make it happen.