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3D Printing

In order to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we have suspended our public 3D printing service in order to print visors and ear savers for healthcare and frontline workers, per the Bucket Brigade Face Shield Makers Program.

3D Printing

Santa Barbara Public Library provides 3D printers to support education in engineering, design, and technology in our maker and STEAM classes for all ages. The Library not only provides instruction in how to print a design, but also in how to use a software program to build a 3D model.

The Central Library has a 3D printer available for public use free of charge for library users of all ages. 3D printing takes a computer-aided design (CAD) file and creates a physical object layer by layer. Users can create and send designs as .stl files for printing.

To send us your print or for more information regarding 3D printing please email or call 805-962-7653.

The Central Library has a LulzBot Taz 5 printer and prints with PLA filament. All prints must print within 9 hours. Those that are larger will be resized to fit within that time. 

3D Printing FAQ:

  • What kind of 3D printer does the library use?
    Lulzbot Taz 5 
  • What are the dimensions of your printer?
    Print Area: 290mm x 275mm x 250mm (11.4in x 10.8in x 9.8in)
    Print Volume: 199375 cm3 (1206 in3) of usable space
  • What Slicer software do you use?
    We use Cura for Lulzbot
  • What kind of filament do you use? 
    We only use PLA, a biodegradable plastic, in our 3D printer. 
  • Can I choose the color of my print? 
    No, we do often have a variety of colors, but due to the volume of the prints changing colors is not an option for each individual print. 
  • How large of a file can I send? 
    25 MB
  • What type of file do I send in? 
    The library only accepts .stl files.
  • How large can my print be? 
    Due to the volume of prints, the library will resize each print job to fit within 9 hours. 
  • What if I have a large print that I do not want resized?
    Contact the library by emailing or call 805-962-7653.
  • How do I pick up my print?
    Come into the library anytime we are open and tell a staff member you would like to pick up a 3D print. Please allow at least 3 weeks for a print to be done, unless otherwise instructed. 
  • How much does it cost to have my file printed? 
    It is free! 

For other questions see our 3D Printing Policy, email, or call 805-962-7653.

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2021
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