3D Printing

20160811_090030Fondulac District Library houses a Dremel 3D20 printer for public printing. The library asks that you read and agree to its 3D printing policy before printing an object.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of plastic filament.

What can I print with the 3D printer?

The library’s 3D printer allows for a variety of creative objects and designs. Please attend one of the library’s 3D printing workshops to learn more about designing objects and the printing process.

Fondulac District Library reserves the right to deny printing requests.  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. For example, you cannot reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

How do I submit my design to be printed?

Please fill out the 3D Printing Request Form.

Where can I get ideas for designs?

There are many websites dedicated to sharing ideas and designs of 3D printed objects.  Visit the following for inspiration:

Are there any design rules I need to follow?

Though the library encourages patrons to be creative, objects with large overhangs or sides without supports cannot successfully be printed on the library’s printer. Please keep the size and complexity of the design under the four hour time limit. 

Can I print a multi-colored object?

Fondulac District Library does not have a dual-extruder printer and can only print in solid colors. Color choices are available on the 3D Printing Request Form.

Is there a cost to print?

The cost of printing is $2.00. The fee can be paid in person or added as a charge to a library card. The charge shows up as “fine” on the card and may block the card if the patron already has accumulated fines.

After receiving a 3D print file, library staff will contact the patron regarding the viability of the print job.  If the file meets the regulations outlined in the policy and limitations of the printer, staff will request payment. No refunds will be given.

How many designs can I have printed?

Patrons are limited to printing one design per week.

What if I need help with my design or troubleshooting my design?

Library staff are available for printing assistance only. Library staff will do their best to facilitate the printing of a patron’s design. Occasionally, it may be necessary to troubleshoot errors or complications.

If a patron requires additional assistance with designing or troubleshooting, he or she is invited to attend one of the library’s workshops.

How long will it take to print my design?

Print time depends on the complexity of the design. Objects with many layers or a complicated structure can take hours to print. Simpler, flatter designs can be finished in as little as a few minutes. Fondulac District Library will print objects that can be completed in less than four hours. Printing requests will be completed on a first come, first served basis.

Where will my printing take place?

The object will be printed behind the glass windows of the Adult Services workroom.

Do I need to be present while my object is being printed?

Patrons do not have to be present while their object is being printed. The library is happy to print the object and contact the patron upon its completion. A 3D printed object will be held for 7 days in the Adult Services department. Please ask for your object at the second floor Information Desk. After 7 days, the printed items will become the property of Fondulac District Library.

What if I have other questions?

Please visit or call the library at 309-699-3917.

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