3D Printing

The Augusta County Library provides 3D printing service to patrons to encourage creativity, learning, and exploration of STEAM activities and education. 

  1. The library’s Prusa i3 3D printer uses uploaded digital computer files to make three-dimensional objects from plastic filament.
  2. Users must have a valid Valley Libraries library card.
  3. Prusa i3 3D printer will be accessed and used only by trained library staff.
  4. The library must approve all objects. The library reserves the right to refuse to print any object request. 
  5. Users will submit appropriate files for approval to library staff in person at any Augusta County Library location or to ask@augustacountylibrary.org
  6. Files must be in .stl or .obj formats 
    1. Options for pre-made models online include:
      1. http://www.thingiverse.com/ 
      2. https://pinshape.com/  
      3. https://www.youmagine.com/  
      4. http://www.shapeways.com/  
      5. http://www.123dapp.com/ 
  7. The 3D printer is only available to print objects that abide by Augusta County Library policy and cannot be used to print illegal objects. This includes:
    1. Objects that are obscene or inappropriate for the library.
    2. Objects that may be construed as having intent to harm.
    3. Objects that violate intellectual property or copyright laws.
    4. Objects that are otherwise illegal by state or federal laws.
  1. Objects printed must be picked up within seven days of completion by the person who requested the object.
  2. Objects that are either not paid for in full or not picked up after seven days of completion forfeit the object to the library.
  3.   Half or full payment must be made when the order is placed.  
  4.   The library is not responsible for the quality or functionality of printed objects. 
  5.   Library use of the 3D printer takes priority over patron use.
  6. Objects that take many hours to print or have multiple components may be shifted downward in the queue to accommodate quicker print requests. 
  7.   Users must use library filament. 
  8.   This policy is subject to amendment at any time without notice. 

 

12/06/2019

 

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