Cplot is a large-format, Inkjet, 2400 x 1200 max dpi color printer which is available to support UCSD Academic Instruction and Student Research on a fee-for-service (recharge) basis. Cplot is unlike any other printer that ACMS offers. Even if you are already familiar with fee-for-service printing on ACMS laser printers, please read the instructions carefully including the level of support offered, costs, media options, procedures for submitting jobs to the printer and hints for better output.
To keep prices minimal, technical support is limited to the instructions provided on this website. You are responsible for ensuring that you understand how to utilize the printer and how to execute your print job properly. The Help Desk is unable to provide additional support. Print jobs may take up to or more than 48 hours depending on the number of posters in queue and technician availability.
Do not use this as a last-minute option. If you are on a tight deadline or having trouble configuring your computer or poster correctly and cannot print, we recommend seeking services from a commercial printing company such as Imprints or FedEx Office who have staff available to help process jobs and troubleshoot document formatting errors.
ACMS Help Desk
Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313
Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Pickups available by appointment. To set up an appointment:
Cplot submittal and pickup arrangements ONLY: Call (858) 534-3261
Software setup and preparation questions: Send an email Instructional User Services or call them at (858) 534-2448. Set up an appointment for the following:
Check jobs: Cplot Print Queue Check
Cplot printing is an auxiliary service of ACMS. The Cplot fees are minimal, as are the levels of technical support and staffing to process jobs. Cplot fees recover the cost of materials only.
To keep Cplot fees to a minimum, technical support is limited to the written instructions provided on this webpage. Likewise, the speed of job turnaround is not guaranteed. Computer room operators run Cplot jobs when time is available. Occasionally other duties take operators away from the computer room, preventing quick turn-around on Cplot jobs.
Due to the limited technical support and uncertainties of job turnaround time we do not recommend using the Cplot printer if you have a tight deadline, particularly if this is the first time you will be using the printer. Better options include Imprints (on campus) or a commercial printing company or copy store (e.g. FedEx Office) that have staff standing by to process jobs and assist you in troubleshooting document setup errors.
For UCSD students working in ACMS computer labs, the computers are preloaded with the necessary printer driver and PPD files and there are login utilities that assist students in making the network connections to the ACMS print job spooling system. UCSD affiliates working from other on campus locations will need to load driver files, establish printing network connections and make proper page set-up settings. It is not uncommon for it to take a few days to become familiar with all the logistical details necessary to print large jobs, properly scaled and properly positioned on the Cplot printer.
Recharge account users will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to establish an ACMS printing account ( click here for more information). You will need to provide an index number. Allow up to 24 hours to set up the account. Please take this turn-around time into consideration if you also need to establish a new account.
There are several types of media available for
|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)||
Cplot uses a unique pricing structure based on ink and paper used. Please use the no-print queue (cplot1_np) to get an accurate estimate and see a preview of your poster.
The printer requires a 1/2" margin around your print area so you need to allow for this before sending your job to the "no-print" queue.
There is an ink usage charge for each of the four ink colors: cyan, megenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). The cost for full-coverage is $0.75 per sq. ft. per color C/M/Y/K.
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. The accounting script adjusts ink charges accordingly.
The charge for paper is by the linear foot depending on the chosen media. See Media Options for more details.
(Be aware that this pricing is subject to change without prior notice. The email from the non-printing preview queue will always contain an accurate price.)
When you pick up your job, you may purchase a cardboard mailing tube for your output. The price is $4.00 per tube, which will be added to the cost of your job. If you already have a tube, please bring it in and re-use it!
The PPD file for cplot1 supports many different document page sizes. See the list of supported page sizes.
Print Queue Management Utility shows list of your print jobs, along with information about how many other jobs will print before yours and also have the option that 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.