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The Desoto Parish Library, as part of its mission to inform, educate, entertain, and enrich, provides community access to emerging technologies such as 3D printing. 3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional physical object from a digital design. The Library’s 3D printer uses melted thermoplastic to make objects from a digital computer file. 3D printing is a rapidly expanding field, and is expected to be a highly disruptive movement. It is our hope that, like knowledge in a book can expand one’s horizons, providing this technology might unlock new possibilities for our patrons and improve information literacy in our community. We believe that all DeSoto Parish residents should have access to emerging technologies regardless of their age, race, circumstances, background, socioeconomic status, education, or religion.
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. Click here to view our 3D Printing policy.
The Library’s 3D printing service is only available to DeSoto Parish Library patrons in good standing. The Library’s 3D printer shall be used for lawful purposes only.
Patrons shall not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
Patrons are responsible for their designs. Staff does not correct errors or modify designs. If the conversion software declares the design is unprintable, or that it has serious errors, the patron is notified that the object is unprintable and that their flash drive may be picked up with no cost to the patron.
The patron pays for the object before it is released to the patron. Refunds are not given for objects that do not print as the patron expected or desired. The patron is not charged for failed prints caused by staff error or hardware failure.
Library staff will review every object file before it is printed, and Library reserves the right to refuse or delay any 3D print request.