3D Printing Policy

Make an Appointment to Print at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library

I. 3D printing service is available to all ages.  Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

II. Scheduling and Submitting

a. Customers are expected to take a free 3D printing orientation prior to use. Customer may register by contacting staff on the second floor. 

b. Customers must schedule print time with library staff.

c. Customers are not required to stay for the duration of a print job if it is expected to take an hour or longer.  Customers are responsible, however, for coming to the library to retrieve and pay for their objects once completed.

d. Printing priority is based on a first-come, first served basis.  Priority will be given to library programs or activities.

e. Customers may submit only one file at a time for printing.  Files containing more than one object are permitted.  Customers may not schedule consecutive print times.  However, if time permits and no one is scheduled, more than one file may be submitted.

f. No printing will be scheduled one-hour prior to closing.

g. Customers must receive special approval and scheduling from staff for print jobs projected to take longer than the library’s open hours. 

III. Filament

a. The PLA filament is provided by the Friends of the Library. 

b. Due to the cost of filament, the cost of filament for printed objects is collected by the Friends of the Library

IV. Restrictions

The Library's 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Users will not be permitted to use the Library's 3D printers to create material that is:

a. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
b. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, or is otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment. (Such use may also violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
c.  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.
d. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by Library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgment, of any unapparent final use of the 3D product, and the Library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.

V. Completed prints

a. Except in cases of mechanical failure, objects failing to fully print, errors in the print process, or other factors not in a customer’s control, customers are expected to pay for completed objects and may not demand a new print in place of the original due to dissatisfaction with color, scale, quality, design, required support material, or other options pre-selected by the customer. 

b. Objects unclaimed after 7 days may be discarded or recycled.