3-D Printer: Purpose, Policy, and Procedure
The Library continues its mission of sharing services that allow ideas to become real. 3D printing has implications for creativity in business, science, and the arts. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printers.
The Library’s 3D printer is staff-mediated service to make patrons' three- dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
• Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
• Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
• Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
• In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. we will accept no reproductions of material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
Use of the 3-D printer is at the discretion of the Library’s staff. The Library reserves the right to deny any 3D print request.
Only Faulkner-Van Buren County Regional residents with a library card in good standing may submit designs for 3D printing.
The Library does not guarantee a successful print. Unless the print fails to finish, the cost of the completed print, regardless of quality, will still be charged.
Fee to print from the 3-D printer is determined by a 3-D print calculator. $0.15 per milliliter plus $1.00 per hour.
Only designated library staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3-D printer.
The Library is not responsible for the subsequent safety of any item made with the 3-D printer.
The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products.
Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl, .obj, or. thing file format.
The Library has computers with software that may be used to create a design. Library members must design, scan, image, create or download their own
models for use on the 3-D printer; library staff are available for assistance only.
Submitting a design for printing:
Library members wanting to use the 3D printer shall bring their file (in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format and no larger than 25MB) to the Library during open hours on a flash drive or email them to email@example.com. Staff will add the model to the printing queue.
If demand is high, the Library reserves the right to schedule only one print per week per person or entity.
Jobs that require multiple printing of components or longer print jobs may drop in queue position.
Staff review and prepare all project files, so please submit appropriate objects. No guns, gun parts, weapons, or salacious objects.
The Library cannot guarantee specific colors will be available.
Library members can donate to the PLA filament fund. If a color that is not supplied by the Library, you can donate the whole spool cost and we will purchase it. Any remaining/unused filament becomes the property of the library.
Staff reserves the right to refuse to print any item.
3-d prints will be charged based on the 3-D printer calculator with a minimum charge of $1.00
Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change. April 2017