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3-D Printing has come to Whitman County Library! In keeping with our commitment to bring new and emerging technologies to the community the Whitman County Library now offers 3-D printing!

Whitman County Library 3D Printer and Printing Policy


Whitman County Library provides community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing to inspire interest in design and help the community bring their creations to life . This policy establishes how and under what circumstances residents of Whitman County Library District may use the library’s 3D printer and printing capabilities.

The procedure for printing from the library’s 3D printer is as follows:

  1. Design creation:
    a) It is the responsibility of the requesting patron to design their own creation and prepare it for printing. Design software will be available on three WCL lab computers during open TEK Center hours. Library staff is available for consultation or assistance only.
    b) The design must be applicable for printing with PLA filament provided by the library. A list of colors is available along with the printing guidelines. WCL will provide the filament for the printer to ensure its compatibility with the printer and to avoid damage.
    c) We currently use a Makerbot Replicator + printer and Makerbot Print software to generate objects . This software is available on three TEK Center lab computers.
    d) Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in file format that can be opened or inserted in Makerbot print. Such files include, but are not limited to .print, .makerbot, and files that can be inserted via a trusted certificate. Library staff will assist in converting your file during available hours.
    e) An object larger than 9.92 in x 7.83 in x 5.9 in will not be printed.
    f) Digital designs are available from various file-sharing databases such as can usually be printed on our printer.g) The Replicator + printer can print one color at a time. If you wish to create, an object that contains multiple colors, the object, will be divided into multiple print jobs.h) Final finishing of the object such as removing excess material, sanding or other modifications of the final printed object is the responsibility of the patron.
  2. Submitting a design for printing:
    a) A Patron can email afile to print in recommended file format to 3Dprint or submit a file on a USB drive for staging in Makerbot print software. Makerbot Print software will estimate the materials for the print job. Each individual print job has a minimum cost of $1.00 and 10 cents per gram of filament. Library staff will review print submission, email patron with estimated print time, and pick up date. Print objects that do not print correctly due to design errors it is the responsibility of the patron to pay the printing cost of the object.
    b) Patron will agree to terms of 3D Printer and Printing Policy.
    c) 3D printing will take place M-F before 4 pm only. Project pickup will be during regular library hours.

3D printing allows patrons to make a 3D object out of plastic . The object design may be 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:
    a) Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    b) Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    c) Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
    d) In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
    e) WCL does not provide access to 3D printer for the production or sale of goods.
  2. 3D print requests will only be accepted from residents of Whitman County Library District and paying non-resident cardholders. Reciprocal cardholders are invited to pay the non-resident fee to participate.
  3. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request including those owing $10 or more on their library account or those residing outside of the library district.
  4. Cost: 3D printing will cost the user $1.00 per object plus ten cents ($0.10) per one gram to offset the cost of the filament and maintenance of the 3D printer. Before a print is released to the user, they must have any and all print invoices paid in full.
  5. Items printed from the library’s 3D printer must be picked up within 7 days from the Colfax Branch or they become the property of the library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them, a parent, guardian or designee.
  6. The library will schedule only one print job per day per person.
  7. Only designated library staff or volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
  8. Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgment, of any final use of the 3D product, and the library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.
  9. Once in possession by the patron, WCL expressly disclaims any and all personal injury or property damage caused by use or misuse of 3D printed object.

3D Print Request

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

For more information, contact the Colfax Library by phone 509-397-4366 or email.

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