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ENCS plotters and plotting

 General Plotter Information

  • Location: H0964-00
  • Hardware:
    • Three plotters: RASP, CHISEL, MALLET
    • One B&W ledger (11"x17") printer named FORGE
    • One color ledger (11"x17") printer named PALETTE
  • The maximum paper size is up to 42 inches
  • The reolution is up to 600 dpi.

Plotting Availability, Procedure, Paper Sizes, Quota, Advice

  • Availability:
    • The plotters are available to ENCS students by appointment. See FAQ item at the end of this page for how to reserve an ENCS plotter. 
  • Procedure: Through the years, we have encouraged students to send print jobs to plotters in PDF format. However, for certain posters, it may be necessary to sent the print job from the original application. Therefore, when you present yourself to H0964-00, make sure you have access to your file(s) in both the original and the PDF format.
  • Paper Sizes: This link refers to the more common plotting sizes. A subset of paper sizes and corresponding printer/plotter locations follows:
    Type Dimensions (inch) Dimensions (mm) Printer/Plotter & Location
    ANSI B 11 x 17 (B&W) 279 x 432 forge (H0964-00)
    ANSI B 11 x 17 (color) 279 x 432 palette (H0964-00)
    ARCH C 18 x 24 457 x 610 mallet (H0964-00)
    ARCH D 24 x 36 610 x 914 mallet,chisel, rasp (H0964-00)
    ARCH E 36 x 48 914 x 1219 chisel, rasp (H0964-00)
    • QuotaThe first time an ENCS student sends a job to a plotter, a plotting quota of 25 pages is allocated to that user. If you want to print a ledger size drawing, i.e. 11"x17", you have at your disposal a B&W printer (FORGE) and a colorprinter (PALETTE). A combined printing quota of 50 pages is given for the ledger size prints. Both the 25 page plotting quota and the 50 page printing quota are assigned once throughout the Program. If you need extra quota, we will require an email from your supervisor.
    • Advice: The presentation booths are equipped with one table and a pin board (or easel). The provided board may be one of the following dimensions: 48"x60" (4'x5') or 48"x72" (4'x6'). As the maximum width of the rolls we provide is 42",we suggest that you design your poster to fit a 42"x60" custom plot.

    For Capstone-specific plotting, please refer to this Document.


    ​The following Document takes plotter RASP as example to show how to configure the printing options for a plotter.

    Plotters and ledger size (11"x17") printers are currently available to ENCS students, in H0964-00, during the normal Operating Hours of the Service Desk in the Hall Building.

    Three plotters are at your disposal: RASP, CHISEL and MALLET.. If you want to print a ledger size drawing, i.e. 11"x17", you have at your disposal a B&W printer (FORGE) and a color printer (PALETTE).

    Public Calendars are posted, to facilitate the reservation process, as plotting is by appointment only, except during the few weeks prior to the Poster Presentation Sessions of the Capstone Projects.

    Here are the links to the individual monthly views for RASPCHISELMALLETFORGEPALETTE and to three different combined views: Weekly Users VerticalWeekly Users HorizontalMonthly Users Horizontal.

    Please fill out the Plotting Reservation Request Form. Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an AutoReply email containing the RT ticket number in the Subject header. This indicates that your request has been queued in our system. You should receive a response within a short delay.

    Make a note of the RT ticket number, as this will be your reference number. Wait until you receive a reply to your request, which will either confirm or propose an alternate booking.

    The first time an ENCS student sends a job to a plotter, a plotting quota of 25 pages is allocated to that user. A printing quota of 50 pages is given for the ledger size prints. These quotas are non-renewable.

    We ask you to convert any poster to Adobe PDF file format, prior to your arrival in the plotting area. You are also expected to bring the file in its' original format.  The file can be stored on a USB key or a network share. Very dark backgrounds are strongly discouraged.

    CutePDF Writer is installed on all ENCS lab machines. It shows up as a printer when you use an application's print function.