3D Printer Policy

A 3D printer is a machine for creating three dimensional models from a computer generated digital design.  Our mission supports both patron interest and contemporary innovation.  The Taunton Public Library’s Mission is to provide popular, educational, cultural, and recreational information and resources to its patrons and the community by recognizing Taunton’s diverse, growing, and changing population of life-time learners.

This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may make use of the Library’s 3D printer:

  • The 3D printer can only be used during designated times when trained library staff are available.
  • The City or Library is not responsible for any object created with 3D printers or any harm incurred by a printed object.
  • The city or Library is not responsible for any harm or injury incurred as a result of any usage of the equipment.
  • The printer may be used for lawful purposes only.  The Library staff reserves the right to reject any print job application at their discretion.
  • Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl or .obj file format.
  • Projects will be printed in first come/first served order.  The library reserves the right to delay or change the printing order of projects depending on how long a project may take to print.
  • Finished projects may be picked up at the Reference Desk.  Items not picked up after 5 days become the property of the TPL.
  • The Library reserves the right to set reasonable fees to offset printing costs.
  • While the Library will endeavor to protect the privacy of people who submit print jobs and the end product, this cannot be guaranteed.
  • The library reserves the right to add/remove any rules and regulations from this document.
  • Downloading files off the internet always poses a hazard, always check files for any viruses and/or malware before downloading. The TPL is not responsible for any harm done to any computer from a downloaded file.

Examples of unlawful purposes or potentially rejected jobs include but are not limited to:

  • Anything prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous item that poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • An item that is obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
  • Work that is in violation of another’s intellectual property rights.
  • Material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • A job that is too large or complex.