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Chico Facilities Regulate Use of 3D Printers

Action News Now found several facilities in Chico that have 3D printers.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 5:22 PM

Despite a court order, it's now possible to buy and download blueprints for 3D printed guns. The organization, Defense Distributed, is now offering blueprints to buyers on a 'pay what you want' basis.

Action News Now found several facilities in Chico that have 3D printers.

Butte County library says they only allow usage of their printer during specific hours, and that all use is monitored closely by staff. They do not allow printing of weapons and that any future proposals will be brought before the board of supervisors.

Chico State University, we're told by campus reps, caps student use of their printers to three hours per month, per student, which we're told, is only long enough to print a small object. Students who work at the school's Makerspace review and process all incoming files, to ensure that all printed items are tied to university projects. Chico State's printers also use a material called PLA, which is a weaker plastic. The university does not allow students to use their own materials to print.

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