The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire an interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. This procedure establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printers.
The Library’s 3D printers are available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in 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 will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create material that is:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers 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.
- Print requests must have an estimated print time of less than 6 hours.
Cost: 3D printing at the Library is currently .05 per gram, plus a $1 fee.
Items printed from Library 3D printers that are not picked up within 7 days will become property of the Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.
Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
By submitting content or objects, the patron agrees to assume all responsibility for, and shall hold the Atlantic County Library System harmless in, all matters related to patented, trademarked, or copyrighted materials.
The Atlantic County Library System is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its computers or network, nor for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer.
Refunds are not permitted.
The procedure for printing from the Library’s 3D printers is as follows:
- Design creation:
- 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. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
- Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl format.
- The Library has computers with the Tinkercad.com website that may be used to create a design.
- Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com and tinkercad.com.
- Submitting a design for printing:
- Persons wanting to use the 3D printer must fill out a 3D Printing Request form. Staff will add the model to the printing queue.
- If there is high demand, the Library will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.
- The files will be readied for printing in XYZWare or other authorized software. The Library will view all files in XYZWare or other authorized software before printing.
- Wait/pickup time: Items must be picked up at the Hammonton Circulation Desk. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.
- Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change.