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3D Printing

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.

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.

To send us your print file please fill out the 3D Printing Request form

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 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?
    Mention in the comment section of the form that the print can't be resized. A staff member will contact you by email if the request can't be accommodated.
  • How do I pick up my print?
    A staff member will email you when the print is ready. Please allow for at least 3 weeks of wait time. Come into the library anytime we are open and check the holds shelf for a placard with your name on it. Return the placard to staff and they will give you the print.
  • How much does it cost to have my file printed?
    It is free!

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

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2021
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