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Engineering Network Services

Plotting Information

Creating & Plotting Posters

You are welcome to plot on your own, but for best plotting results, we recommend that you make an appointment with one of our Student Lab Technicians to assist you or even create your plot for you.

We recommend that you read the CAT large format guidelines located at this link, prior to building your plots.

Below are links to basic guides for plotting your documents.
Plotting with the 60" plotter (Magellan Design Studio)
Plotting with a 44" plotter (Magellan Design Studio & , Scott Bioengineering 201)

Where are the plotters?

ENS supports three plotters: Two in the Magellan Design Studio, and one in Scott Bioengineering building room 201.

The Morgan Library has a plotter available for use by students. Other locations in town which may have paid plotting services includes FedEx Kinko's.

How do I connect to the plotters?

General Plotting Tips

  • Preview, preview, preview! This will save you from wasting print quota.
  • Don't wait until the last minute. A successful plot can take several hours from start to finish. This does not count unsuccessful plots. During E-Days, you and everyone else are trying to plot at the same time.
  • Plot during regular ENS Help Desk hours, in case you need help or there is a problem with the plotter.
  • Check your print balance before you start to make sure you have enough print quota for your plot.
  • The smaller the output file that you send to the plotter, the more reliably and faster it plots. (We suggest you keep the output file under 100 MB.)
  • The higher the Print Quality you set, the slower it will plot.
  • Consider converting your file to a unviersal format like a PDF document or JPEG image file to plot.
  • Make an appointment with a Lab Technician.
  • Please be patient, positive and prepared.

General Plotting Courtesy

  • Do not cancel someone else's print job at the plotter! If you need assistance with this, please contact ENS.
  • Avoid darker colors or high DPI posters, if possible. They take longer and use up more ink.

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This document last modified Tuesday April 09, 2019

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