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Offline NSlibrary

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Printing in public library -safety procedures
« on: April 04, 2013, 01:26:47 AM »
We are currently in the process of setting up 3D printers in public libraries in Nova Scotia Canada, just wondering if anyone would have a list of things to keep in mind (printed objects and children, ingredients of filament etc) when making policies and procedures surrounding 3D printing.
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Re: Printing in public library -safety procedures
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 10:42:57 PM »
Most of these are blatantly obvious, but........

Keep out of reach of ANYONE who isn't properly trained, especially childerbeasts.
Stick them in a locked cage, in a special room and teach the staff how to manage them.
(I mean the printers, not the kids)

There's a lot of safety concerns and a lot of expensive, delicate bits.
And they're too noisy for a library.

The platform gets pretty damn hot.
The nozzle gets extremely damn hot.

MOST of the machinery, tools & chemicals used are hot, sharp, flammable and/or dangerous in some way.
The ABS filament, itself, is the same stuff as Lego, so it's food-safe, but remember the risk of choke hazard for kids.
This goes for the finished product AND the scraps.

On a UP Plus, if you turn off the power while the platform is raised, it will come down on your fingers like a hot guillotine.
"Initialise" it first, to bring it back down slowly.

OTHER ISSUES......

Keep an eye out for the production of "nasty" things.
eg weapons, drug paraphernalia, copyright infringements, adult toys, politicians.

Set up a rack for multiple rolls of filament.
This will save a lot of time and storage problems.
Maybe get each user to buy and store their own roll.
This will save lots of money.

I can't stress how delicate the machines are.
One little bump can destroy the next few jobs, until you realise that it needs re-alignment.
ALWAYS remove the perfboard from the printer before you remove the job from the perfboard.

You're playing with a lot of fine tolerances to get a good success to failure rate.
The initial setup of the machine and on-going maintenance.
Pre and post print setup and maintenance.
Object design and WHERE you're going to print it on the platform.
Pre-heating, fan settings and a squillion other settings.
Filament quality, cleanliness and freedom to feed.
Removal of the finished job.
Removal of rafts, supports and dags.
Blah blah blah

It's all going to end in tears.
Ziggy

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Re: Printing in public library -safety procedures
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 12:06:57 PM »
NSLibrary - how did you go?  I'm looking at doing the same thing in our digital hub, and any advice/experience from fellow librarylanders would be most welcome.

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Re: Printing in public library -safety procedures
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 06:24:25 PM »
Bringing high-tech software and devices like 3D printer in public libraries is good idea as even the average people would be able to take advantage of it. You can use filaments like PLA (Polylactic Acid) or ABS (Acrylonitrile - Butadiene Styrene). The other thing that you would have to manage is the time that will greatly vary for each person depending on the items being printed. What kind of 3D printer are you planning to buy ?
« Last Edit: June 21, 2014, 01:57:32 PM by greyjean »

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Re: Printing in public library -safety procedures
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014, 10:03:05 AM »
Thanks for your response greyjean.

We have two 3D printers, an UpMini and a Flashforge Creator X.  At this stage they are just for demonstration, but we're working on a strategy for customer access.