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Printing at 300dpi works, but in a few cases, 600 (the theoretical max, in one case) led to issues with it stopping, and printing black. After a short period of operation, a squeal has been observed, which disappears after a short bit (generally after about 50mm or 2 inches), and does not appear to affect operations. (This occurred while printing on posterboard, which is somewhat heavy, near the beginning, so it might be due to that.)
 
Printing at 300dpi works, but in a few cases, 600 (the theoretical max, in one case) led to issues with it stopping, and printing black. After a short period of operation, a squeal has been observed, which disappears after a short bit (generally after about 50mm or 2 inches), and does not appear to affect operations. (This occurred while printing on posterboard, which is somewhat heavy, near the beginning, so it might be due to that.)
  
Due to the cost of ink, and replacement parts, we will likely need to charge, similarly to the 3D printer consumables. An estimate for consumables suggests that $0.50 per square foot, if it has much black, or $25 if it's got color only.
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Due to the cost of ink, and replacement parts, we will likely need to charge, similarly to the 3D printer consumables. An estimate for consumables suggests that $0.50 per square foot, if it has much black, or $0.25 if it's got color only.

Revision as of 21:45, 18 August 2017

MakeICT has a Plotter, which now works, after a fair bit of effort. It is an HP Designjet 1050c Plus and it resides in the classroom. This page is a work in progress.

For now, please see James for the settings (as they are subject to change.)

You will need the drivers on Windows or Mac, these are available here on HP's site.

Note that not all programs will handle things well, If you print to it from Inkscape, which works well for both vector and raster images (and unlike most programs, handles the paper sizes correctly. Make sure to use Version 0.92 to print to the plotter, because of a bug fixed on 0.92.

As of right now, the printer will show up at 192.0.0.192, when you plug into the yellow network cable, you will need to configure the computer to accommodate that.

Printing at 300dpi works, but in a few cases, 600 (the theoretical max, in one case) led to issues with it stopping, and printing black. After a short period of operation, a squeal has been observed, which disappears after a short bit (generally after about 50mm or 2 inches), and does not appear to affect operations. (This occurred while printing on posterboard, which is somewhat heavy, near the beginning, so it might be due to that.)

Due to the cost of ink, and replacement parts, we will likely need to charge, similarly to the 3D printer consumables. An estimate for consumables suggests that $0.50 per square foot, if it has much black, or $0.25 if it's got color only.