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3D Printer

The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printer.


The Library’s 3D printer is available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

  1. The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    2. 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.)
    3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
    4. 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.
  2. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  3. Cost: 3D printing at the Library is currently $.10 per gram, based on the weight of the finished product. Patrons will be responsible for the cost of a failed printing project if it is 50% or more completed, regardless of the cause of the failure.
  4. Items printed from the Library’s 3D printer must be picked up by the individual who printed them.
  5. Only designated Library staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.


The procedure for printing from the Library’s 3D printers is as follows:

  1. Design creation:
    1. Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl file format.
    2. The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
    3. Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as
  2. Submitting a design for printing:
    1. Persons wanting to use the 3D printer shall bring their printer-ready file in .stl file format (no larger than 25MB). 3D capable staff will add the model to the printing queue.
    2. If there is high demand, the Library will schedule only one print per day per person or entity. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.
    3. The files will be readied for printing in MakerWare or other authorized software. The Library will view all files in MakerWare or other authorized software before printing.
  3. Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printer are subject to change.

Approved by Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees on December 15, 2014
Amended by Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees on December 28, 2015
Amended by Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees on January 25, 2021