3D Printing

3D printing is a process by which solid 3 dimensional objects are created from a programmed digital model. Users can design an object on the computer, or choose from a predesigned file, and the printer builds the design into a solid piece or pieces using a plastic filament.

Want to learn how you can use the library’s 3D printer? Visit the Rules tab for more information.

Want to get started on making your 3D print come to life? Visit the Procedures tab for a a step-by-step process. Then once you’re ready to submit your design, fill out the online Form below.

Please note: The Library is not a professional 3D printing service.  Each print job may not exceed 4 hours in total duration to complete.  The Library will only accept 2 print jobs per person every 14 days.  If there is high demand, the Library may further limit the number of jobs per person.  

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  ~Dr. Seuss


1) The Library currently owns an AIO Zeus All-In-One 3D Printer. The 3D printer has a maximum build volume of approximately 8.0 (W) x 6.0 (L) x 5.7 (H) inches.  The Zeus software is used to render 3D models into files compatible with our specific model 3D printer. The printers melt PLA Plastic at 197°C and pass it through the extruder to render it into physical objects via a process called fused filament fabrication.

2) All 3D printing will be performed by a Yorba Linda Public Library staff member. Patrons may not operate the 3D printer but are welcome to observe the 3D printer in action, if requested prior to print.

3) The 3D printer is intended for use by patrons that have an active Yorba Linda Public Library card.

4) A nominal fee will be charged for the production and materials to print 3D objects.

  • $1.00 fee will be charged for setting a print job
  • $0.10 fee will be charged for each 1 gram of plastic used (rounded up to the next whole gram) including a raft and any supports if required or requested.
  • At the staff’s discretion, the setup fee may be waived when additional copies of the same item are requested within a 90 day period of the original print.

5) Each print job may not exceed 4 hours in total duration to complete.  The Library will only accept 2 print jobs per person every 14 days.  If there is high demand, the Library may further limit the number of jobs per person.

6) The Library reserves the right to refuse to print any object at staff’s discretion.

7) The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. Patrons will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create materials that are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or that pose an immediate threat to the well being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer).
  • Likely to fail or print incorrectly or likely to cause damage to the 3D printer.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to produce objects which violate copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.


1) Object Design

  • Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products.  Library staff cannot be of assistance in new design creation.  Designs must be in .stl format upon submission.
  • Designated computers located inside the library have the 3D modeling software Blender available for object design purposes. Again, these programs require advanced knowledge to utilize and Library staff cannot assist patrons in their use.
  • Many designs are available online from file-sharing sites like thingiverse.com, free of charge. Others are available for sale from various sites.

2) Submitting a Design
Patrons can submit their 3D printer project by filling out the form listed under the Form tab. Prints may take up to ten (10) business days to print, depending on staff availability, number of print jobs pending with the library, etc.

3) Final Approval

  • After a design is submitted, staff will review the item to be printed for adherence to the 3D Printing Rules and Procedures and to evaluate the printing cost.  Staff will be in communication with the patron.

4) Upon Completion of Print Job

  • The patron will be contacted upon the completion of the print job. Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted the original request.
  • Once contacted, the patron will have 14 days to pick up and pay for their item. If the item is not picked up within this time period, the item becomes the property of the Library and may be kept, discarded or otherwise used at staff discretion.

 5) Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printer are subject to change.