3D Printing


Due to a generous donation the Douglas County Public Library (DCPL) is pleased to offer library cardholders, who are at least 13 years old and in good standing, the opportunity to submit and print projects on the Library’s 3D printer.  

The Library’s 3D Printer can create a physical object based on an original digital design. These designs may be files that you’ve created yourself, or designs you’ve obtained from the public domain, such as Thingiverse.com. Designs must be considered within the public domain or ones that you have permission to use. All design files will be reviewed by DCPL to ensure compliance with this policy and all other Library policies prior to printing. 
The 3D Printer MUST be used in compliance with DCPL policies and procedures. DCPL reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request and to modify 3D printing without prior notice.  

Library users may not create material that is: 
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
- An object that may function as a weapon or part of a weapon.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate as per DCPL policies.
- In violation of another's intellectual property rights.
- Copyrighted, patented, trademarked, or registered.

To request your 3D Print, fill out this google form:
3D Printer Form

If you have any other questions, please contact the Zephyr Cove Library: 
P. (775) 588-6411
E. [email protected]

Curious how your print creation will be made? (Link Coming Soon!) Check out this video here to see how our FlashForge Dreamer works:


Can I operate the 3D Printer myself?  
Only designated Library staff members may review and print items. You can view the 3D printer printing in real time on our website or via livestream at the Minden Library. 

Who can submit .STL files for printing?  
Qualified DCPL cardholders may email a .STL (stereo lithography) 3D print file or link to the Library by completing the 3D Printing Request form. Cardholders must have an active library account that has no fines or billed items.  

Where do I start?  
Option 1: Create a .STL (stereo lithography) 3D design file using an online design program. The Library recommends tinkercad.com, as a free resource. All files created must be original or part of Creative Commons (public permission to use their creative work under copyright law). Please read 3D Printer Policy on prohibited items.  
Option 2: Find a .STL file. .STL files can be found on many 3D model websites including the popular online platform thingiverse.com.  

When Can I Get My 3D Print?  
Please allow up to 10 business days for your item to be printed. You will be contacted when your item has been completed.  

How Much Does It Cost to Print an Item?  
The estimated cost will be provided to you when you submit your .STL print file. Printing cost will be calculated by multiplying the grams of PLA (polylactic acid) filament used times $0.25 per gram plus a $1.00 printing fee. (Example: 10 grams x $0.25 = $2.50 plus $1.00 printing fee = $3.50). The cost of printing will be added to the patron’s account when the print is finished. Patron must pay this amount before the item can be claimed. If the cost is under $5, only cash is accepted. If item is not claimed in 30 days, it will become DCPL property.  

What kind of filament is available?  
Objects are printed with PLA (polylactic acid) filament. 3D printed objects are not safe for food contact. The 3D printer’s filament colors are subject to availability. Other filament types may be added, in the future, at DCPL’s discretion.  

What size can I print? How long can my print job be?  
The print bed size is 230mm x 150mm x 140mm (9.05in x 5.9in x 5.5in).  
Staff recommends for successful prints to be less than 8 hours – a business day. 

Where else can I go to 3D print? 
Check Carson City Library and Washoe County Library to see their makerspace hours and policies.