3d printer policy
OCPL 3D Printer Policy
- 3D printers are available to library card holders to make three-dimensional objects in PLA plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
- The library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public is not permitted to use the library’s 3D printers to create material that is:
- Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
- Unsafe, harmful, or dangerous, or that may pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others, for example: guns, knives, or other lethal weapons.
- Anything obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
- 3D printed creations cannot violate another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
- The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
- There is a materials charge of $1. Per hour of the printing process, with a minimum charge of $1. Charges will be rounded to 15 min. increments of 25 cents. Payment must be made before the design is printed.
- Depending on demand, length of time required for printing, and available resources, the library may limit the number of print jobs per day per person or entity. The library may refuse any print that is larger than deemed appropriate or that takes over 5 hours to print.
- Only designated Library staff have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
- Design software is installed on the computers in the Tech Room.
- Design files must have an. stl or.obj extension.
- Items not picked up within 10 days after being printed become the property of OCPL. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them or an authorized designee.
- The library is not responsible for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer. No post processing will be done by staff. Reprints must be paid for if requested.
- Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D products, and the library specifically disclaims nay knowledge thereof.
- Only library materials may be used.
Find 3d files
To get an object from digital to physical, you must slice an .stl file and convert it to .gcode. Before that, you need an STL file.
Keep up with programming
Check out our blog to see what be have coming up and if any programs are related to 3D printing
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