In observance of Thanksgiving, Curbside Services and our Customer Care will not be available from Thursday, November 26 - Saturday, November 28.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our operations due to COVID-19. Currently, all of our library buildings are open for Curbside Services (Walk-up & Appointment). You can also use our new methods to get in touch with us.

3D Printing

3Dprinting

Our library 3D Printers are back online and ready for your next Maker project. It's easier than ever to go from digital file to physical model, just follow these three easy steps.

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Steps to Schedule

1.) Schedule

Select a location below to schedule a 2-hour printing time. Once you select a location, you’ll be taken to a list of available equipment. Select an available 3D printer.

2.) Submit File

During the scheduling process, you’ll be asked to submit a link to your 3D object file. You are free to use any of these services: Tinkercad, Thingiverse, YouMagine.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tell us about your 3D object so we know how to prepare it. We will review the file, slice it, and contact you if we have any questions.

3.) Pick Up

Our goal is to have your 3D object ready for Curbside Pickup at the end of your 2-hour printing time. If there are any issues or the item will be delayed, we will contact you.

When your item is ready, it will be located on the Curbside Pickup tables wrapped in paper and labeled with your last name, first initial, and the last four digits of your phone number.

Information to Know

Requirements to start printing your 3D object:

  • Must be 13 years or older and live in San Mateo County.
  • Have a valid library card that begins with "29041."
  • Have a design file that meets our 3D Printer Online Agreement Guidelines.
  • Provide us as much information as you can about your 3D object.

3D Printer Specifications:

Ultimaker 2+ printer with extra wide .8mm nozzles. We've upgraded our 3D printers to print with with extra wide .8mm nozzle. This means each layer is larger, stronger, and prints complete faster. Some small details under .8mm are not supported. We use PLA plastic. In order to limit handling equipment, we are not supporting custom color selection at this time

Terms and Conditions:

  • The Library's 3D Printers are not permitted to create material that is prohibited by local, state, or federal law or in violation of intellectual property rights.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate prints are not allowed.
  • Use of our equipment does not imply endorsement by San Mateo County Libraries.
  • The Library has priority use of the equipment and may change or cancel reservations at any time.
  • The Library reserves the right to place any limitations on use of its resources.
  • The Library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times.
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