3D Printing Service Policy

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3D Printing Service Policy

The Libraries 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Marlborough District Libraries are only able to print material that is not:

  • prohibited by law
  • unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. No weapons or accessories will be printed.
  • obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment
  • in violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers should not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

The 3D printing process cannot be guaranteed to be food-safe.

The printers are only available to customers for non-commercial uses.

The cost for library members for a 3D print is 20 cents per gram of filament. The cost for non-library members is 30 cents per gram. End weight includes support material. Costs may be lower if printing is done as part of Library programming.

The maximum weight for a print job is 150g of filament (including any supports).

Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

Marlborough District Libraries do recommend the use of third-party file-sharing websites, however, do not endorse nor are responsible for any content that may be offensive to the user.

All printing requests will be run through authorised software before printing. The library staff do not provide design support beyond basic needs.

The Libraries reserve the right to prioritise printing jobs as they deem necessary. For example, high demand may dictate allowance of one print per person or entity per day.

Customers will be responsible for the removal of support material unless otherwise arranged.

The Libraries reserve the right to refuse any 3D print request. The library will not be liable for functional failure or, or injuries or property damage caused by, objects or materials made through the use of our 3D printer. We strongly recommend that the 3D printer not be used to make objects that could prove harmful or that would result in significant cost to the user if they fail.

Please note that the policies and procedures governing the use of the Library's 3D printers are subject to change.