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3D Printing

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The 3D Printer is now available to the public! The 3D scanning capabilities are not yet available to the public, but you can print in 3D. For information about 3D printing please review our 3D Printer Policy and instructions. If you have any questions about 3D Printing, email cfpl3D@gmail.com.

Cedar Falls Public Library: 3D Scanner/Printer Policy

The Cedar Falls Public Library provides a 3D scanner/printer for use in the library, available only when directly supervised by a library staff member. Software provided by the library is available for design use, and may be changed without advance notice. Other software products cannot be used. Patrons must have a library card in good standing in order to use the scanner/printer. Files in stereolithography (i.e. *.stl) format may be submitted by referring to the library’s website for instructions. Staff members will then determine the feasibility of a print job.

Printing of materials under current copyright is illegal. Please see the librarians for suggested sites with projects which are in the public domain.

Cost for printing is $0.20 per meter of filament. Only filament supplied by the library can be used, and availability of colors may vary. The cost for printing will be added to the patron’s library account, and collected in the Circulation Department before removing the item from the library. Printing appointments may be requested and reserved by filling out the form on the library’s website. Print jobs may not be available the same day. Print job failures not due to library or equipment malfunction are the responsibility of the patron.

The library is not responsible for delays in printing, or for damage to objects brought in for scanning.

Approved 5/6/15

Instructions

Finding materials to print:

  • Printing of materials under current copyright is illegal (see in above 3D Printer Policy).

  • To find projects that are under the public domain, visit Thingiverse.

  • Please see the librarians for suggested sites with projects which are in the public domain.

To submit 3D requests and files:

  • Patrons must have a library card in good standing, in order to use the 3D Printer.

  • Files in stereolithography (i.e. *.stl) format may be submitted by filling out the 3D Print Request Form. You can only submit one .stl file at a time.  Click here to fill out form. 

    • Fill out all required fields.

    • Attach files(s).

    • Hit submit.

  • If for some reason files will not submit in the 3D Print Request form or you have questions, email cfpl3D@gmail.com with your file(s), name, and library card number.

Printing Files:

  • A trained staff member will determine the feasibility of a print job.

  • A trained staff member will supervise and print the requested file/project using XYZWare.

  • A staff member will contact you by phone or by email when the 3D print job is ready for pick-up (see instruction for payment and pick up).

Paying for and Picking Up 3D Print Job(s):

  • Print jobs must be paid for at the Circulation Desk located on the first floor before you pick up your piece.

  • Print jobs are $0.20 per meter of filament. Meters are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

  • Formats of payment include: cash, check, or debit/credit.

  • After the job(s) have been paid, the staff member at the Circulation Desk will release the print job(s) to the patron.