3D Printing Guidelines:
*Disclaimer: if the print is overly large or complex, we will refer you to a for-profit 3D print business. We try to have a maximum printing time of between 2-4 hours per print, as the print queue is large. We can work with you to scale the object down, or to find a print that fits within our guidelines.*
1. The printers are tools at the library. Use of the 3D Printer is subject to all Clearview Library District policy.
2. 3D prints should involve some common sense. Users will not 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 an immediate threat to the well-being of others
- construed as having the intent to harm
- obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment
- in violation of anothers intellectual property rights.
3. Don’t steal. Printed objects must not infringe upon any third party’s intellectual property rights. By submitting content or objects, the user agrees to assume all responsibility for, and shall hold the library harmless in, all matters related to patented, trademarked, or copyrighted materials.
4. 3D tools and software can be buggy and unreliable. The library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its computers, equipment or network, nor for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer.
5. We print what you send us. That’s all. Some prints require the use of supports and rafts for the print to come out successfully. Responsibility for removing rafts and supports is up to the user. The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, or confidentiality of designs.
6. Only designated library staff and volunteers will have direct access to the 3D printer.
7. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
8. We have a limited number of colors. Generally our staff will choose the color based on what filament we have. If you have a specific color in mind, feel free to ask. However, we can’t guarantee we can print in the color you request. However, the 3D prints can be painted or spray painted any color you like. Many of our patrons will sand the prints down and paint them to have to a more presentable product at the end.
9. Because we have a queue of people waiting for their print, please only submit one print at a time. If you would like to submit more than one, send separate emails, and be prepared to wait longer for the second or third prints, as we have to get through the queue of requests.
How to submit a file for printing:
- Read the 3D printing guidelines and disclaimer.
- Visit the Resources page for information and links to 3D models and software design options.
- Design or save a file in .stl format
- Email the .stl file to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We can’t guarantee the print will be your color choice. Generally staff will choose the print color based on what filament we have available. If you have a specific color in mind, feel free to ask, but there are no guarantees on color. However, feel free to paint or spray paint the print in whatever color you like after you receive it.
- You will then be added to the print queue. There is no guarantee when your print will be ready, but we will contact you via e-mail when the model is ready to be picked up. If you have other questions feel free to contact email@example.com
Final fee structure will be determined in the near future, but in the mean time, printing costs are free of charge. Submit your files soon to take full advantage!