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3D Printing

3D Printing at the Library

St. Charles Public Library strives to provide patrons access to new and emerging technologies that fuel the imagination, inspire an interest in design and help create new experiences.

The 3D printer is available to St. Charles Public Library card holders to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. The Library has a Dremel DigiLab 3D40 3D Printer on loan from Fox.Build and a Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer.

How to Submit your Design

Submit a design for printing via email to 3dprint@stcharleslibrary.org, or bring the design on a flash drive to the Computer Help Desk. You must provide name, contact information (phone or email), and your valid St. Charles Library card number.

   Printing requirements

  • The design must be submitted in .stl file format.
  • The maximum size of the 3D print object is 10” x 6” x 6.7”.
  • Objects will only be printed in a single color. You may specify a color preference. Filament is available in black, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, red, silver, white, and white translucent. Specific color requests may delay printing depending on filament availability.
  • Only one print request per card will be accepted and printed at a time.
  • Submissions will be prepared by Library staff for printing and will be reviewed for printability and appropriateness.
  • Completion time for print jobs will vary depending on the object design and demand for the printer. The Library cannot guarantee that a print job will be ready on a specific day.
  • You will be notified when your object is available for pick up via the contact information provided.
  • Printed items must be picked up within two weeks from the date of the first notice. Items not picked up become property of the Library.

Cost

  • Pricing is based on final weight of the object(s), 10¢/gram.
  •  You will not be charged for the cost of failed prints.

Design resources

Guidelines

  • The 3D printer can be used only for lawful purposes. The printer cannot be used to create weapons or materials that are:
    • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others
    • Inappropriate for the Library environment
    • In violation of intellectual property rights including copyrights, patent or trademark protection
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  • The Library is not responsible for failed 3D prints.
  • The Library is not liable for functional failure, property damage, or injuries caused by objects or materials made using the 3D printer.
  • The Library strongly recommends that 3D printers not be used to make things that could prove harmful, or that would result in significant cost to the user if they fail.

Download the 3D Printing Equipment Policy