Large format poster printing is available through the Cplot1 large-format printer on a fee-for-service (recharge) basis. Posters must be for UC San Diego academic instruction and/or student research.
Cplot is a self-service printing option. The ACMS Help Desk is unable to provide additional support.
Print jobs may take up to or more than 48 hours. Do not use this as a last-minute option. If you are on a tight deadline, we recommend using a commercial printing company such as Imprints or FedEx Office.
Directions are available for Windows and Mac computers. Computers in ACMS-managed computer labs are preloaded with the necessary drivers, PPD files, and login utilities to assist students in connecting to the print job spooling system.
Cplot fees recover the cost of materials only. Your cost is dependent on media and ink usage.
ACMS Help Desk
Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Pickups available by appointment
Recharge account users need an ACMS printing account. You will need to provide an index number to set one up. Allow up to 24 hours for account setup.
There is an ink usage charge for each of the four colors: cyan, megenta, yellow, and black. The cost for full-coverage is $0.75 per sq. ft. per color.
Secondary colors (such as green) use more than one ink color and cost more. When gloss photo paper is used the printer mixes black from C/M/Y inks instead of using its black ink cartridge.
|Media type||Queue name||Paper/media cost
per linear foot
|36" wide (non-printing queue)||
|42" wide (non-printing queue)||
|Draft Inkjet paper (36" wide)||
|Heavyweight Coated paper (42" wide)||
|Heavyweight Coated paper (36" wide)||
|High Gloss Photo paper (42" wide)||
|High Gloss Photo paper (36" wide)||
|Semi Gloss Photo paper(42" wide)||
|Semi Gloss Photo paper(36" wide)||
Use the no-print queue (cplot1_np) to get an accurate estimate and see a preview of your poster. The pricing structure is based on ink and paper selected.
The printer requires a 1/2" margin around your print area. Allow for this before sending your job to the "no-print" queue.
Cardboard mailing tubes are available at pickup for $4.00 per tube. Please feel free to bring your own tube if you have one!
The PPD file for cplot1 supports many different document page sizes. See the list of supported page sizes.
Print Queue Management Utility lists your print jobs, provides information about how many other jobs will print before yours, and allows you to delete your jobs from the queue.
Cplot Print Queue Check shows your print jobs in the queue, job completion status, print job start/end time, and a thumbnail of your poster.