ACMS has installed a poster printer for use by the SIO community, located in the Old Scripps Building 10. The poster printer is unlike any other printer that ACMS offers--even if you are already familiar with fee-for-service printing on ACMS laser printers, pleased read these insturctions carefully, including the level of support offered, costs, media options, procedures for submitting jobs to the printers, 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 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.
This Hewlett-Packard DesignJet T1100ps is capable of printing images 36 inches wide and theoretically up to 150 feet long. The only output media available on the SIO plot is heavy coated paper.
For any software setup or preparation questions, send an email to Instructional User Services
SIO plot printing is an auxiliary service of ACMS. The SIO plot fees are minimal, but so too are the levels of technical support and staffing to process jobs. SIO plot fees recover the cost of materials only.
Due to the limited technical support and uncertainties of job turnaround time we do not recommend using the sioplot 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 troublshooting 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 SIO plot printer.
Recharge account users will need to email email@example.com 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 will need to establish a new account.
Only 36" wide, heavy coated paper is available on the
The poster printer has a special pricing structure based on the amount of paper and ink consumed. To assist you in anticipating the cost of poster jobs we provide special "non-printing" queues to which you can submit jobs for cost estimates and previewing. Your job will be scanned, but not printed; we will send you an e-mail estimate of how much your job will cost when you submit the job for actual printing. The sioplot printer requires a 1/2" margin around your print area so you need to allow for this in your job's page setup.
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 36" wide, heavy coated paper provided for the SIO plotter is $1 per linear foot
(Be aware that this pricing is subject to change without prior notice. The e-mail from the non-printing preview queue will always contain an accurate price.)
The best way to determine the cost of your job is to submit it first to the preview queue cplot1_np and check the email we send you.
The PPD file for sioplot 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.