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In keeping with our efforts to offer the community opportunities to learn about new and emerging technologies, the Wilmington Memorial Library has a 3 D printer available with the following guidelines for its use.

  • The Library’s 3D printer is a “Cube 3” model that can make simple three dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital 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.
      Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
    • 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.
  • There is no charge for printing at this time. However, there may be a charge of $5 for printing more complex objects that take longer than 2 hours.

Design Creation

A file is obtained from a 3D Printing Object repository, such as, http://www.thingiverse.com/ or by creating a design using computer assisted design (CAD) software.
All files for using the 3 D printer require the following:

  • The file needs to be either in .stl or .cube3 format.
  • The object in the file should be 6 cubic inches or less.
  • An object that will take more than 2 hours to print needs to be preapproved.

Reservations

Due to the noise, we’ve had to move the printer off the floor into the Banda Room. Patrons can reserve the Cube 3 in 2 hour blocks by emailing tech@wilmlibrary.org. We will then see when the room is available and get back to you with available times. Please attach a copy of the .stl file you want to print so that we can make sure it works with the software.

Orientation

Staff will provide instruction in use of the 3 D printer for first time users.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees March 17, 2015

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