3-D Printer Policy & Usage

3-D Printing Policy

PLEASE REVIEW THE 3-D PRINTING POLICY BELOW BEFORE ACCESSING THE SUBMISSION FORM LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

The Library’s 3D printers are available to Middletown Township Public Library cardholders to make three-dimensional plastic objects using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file under the supervision of a trained staff member on a first come, first served basis.

Restrictions: The Library reserves the right to refuse the production of any content at any time at the discretion of Library staff. Examples of objects that will not be produced include, but are not limited to:

• Objects that are illegal
• Any object that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, tortuous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable
• Objects that may be construed as having intent to harm or capability of harming a person or animal in any way
• Objects larger than 6” x 6” x 6”

By submitting objects for printing, the patron assumes all responsibility for, and shall hold the Library harmless in, all matters related to patented, trademarked, or copyrighted materials.
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.

The Library cannot guarantee and is not liable for the final appearance of 3D printed objects. The Library is not liable for any damages, human injury, and/or costs in the event of a failure of a 3D printed object.

Cost: Individuals will be charged based upon the time it takes to print (in 15 minute increments). The charge will be rounded to the nearest 15 minute increment. This cost may change as the price of filament changes. Currently, the Library charges $0.50 per 15 minutes of print time.

Submitting a design for printing:

A. Patrons desiring to use the 3D printer shall bring their file (in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format) (no larger than 25MB) to the Reference Desk during regular operating hours. Staff will review the file and, if acceptable, add the request to the printing queue.
B. If there is high demand, the Library may choose to schedule only one print per day per person.
C. The files will be readied for printing in MakerWare or other authorized software. The Library will view all files in MakerWare or other authorized software before printing.
D. Items may be retrieved at the Reference Desk. It is difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will provide their best estimate of the length of time a job upon request will require. An approximate time will be provided when the file has been accepted; the patron will be notified upon completion by a Library staff member (either by phone or e-mail).
E. Click here to fill out the online form.

Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change at any time.