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Please note that the use of SOA Technology Lab Services including equipment checkout, printing, plotting, and digital fabrication is restricted to members of the SOA community (faculty, staff, and students).

COVID-19 has impacted this service. Please review the altered submission procedures below.

The UTSOA Technology Lab has the ability to plot drawings on 6 paper types and can accommodate prints up to 36” wide (4mm margin) with varying lengths up to 300 ft*. Plot expenses are based on paper type and amount of ink/toner use. These expenses are charged to your What-I-Owe account, usually within 14-days of the fulfillment of the job. You can request a price quote when submitting your job – we will not proceed until receiving your confirmation of the quoted price.

* Note: Plots over 72" in length are not eligible for reprints or refunds.

How to Plot your PDF File

  1. Prepare your PDF file for printing by making sure it is under 50 MB in size
  2. Save it with your EID at the beginning of the file name
    • For example abc123_sample.pdf
  3. Email the Tech Desk with your file, your EID, the desired paper type, and document size.
  4. Wait for confirmation from the Tech Desk before coming to the lab to pick up your plot.
    • Any plots not retrieved by Friday at 6 PM will be recycled.

Plotting Costs (Estimate)

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Pricing estimation based on the paper-type used plus ink/toner used. You can request a price estimate prior to proceeding with a job, just ask a member of the Tech Desk when submitting your file!

Samples of all paper quality type and print quality are on display near the Tech Desk, and are available for reference here: Plotter Pricing Examples

Paper TypeLine Drawing (per sq. ft.)100% Fill (per sq. ft.)
Mylar~$2.75~$4.46 (not recommended)
Vellum~$0.64~$2.33 (not recommended)
Clear Film~$1.85not recommended

Actual CostTracker Values

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Paper Type

Paper (Common Name)Media Type (Technical)Cost (per sq. ft.)
Super HeavyweightHeavyweight Coated Paper$1.13
MylarMatte Film$1.54
Photo SatinHP Everyday Pigment Ink Satin Photo Paper$1.66
WatercolorHP Coated Paper$2.73
Transparent/Clear FilmClear Fil$1.78

Ink Tab

PlotterMedia TypeCartridge Size (ml)Cartridge CostUsage (ml/sq. ft.)
HP DesignJet T7100Plain Paper400ml$175.50


HP DesignJet T7100Vellum400ml$175.500.28
HP DesignJet T7100Heavyweight Coated Paper400ml$175.500.41
HP DesignJet T7100Matte Film400ml$175.500.48
HP DesignJet T7100HP Coated Paper400ml$175.500.93
HP DesignJet Z5200HP Everyday Pigment Ink Satin Photo Paper300ml$138.601.17
HP Designjet T7100Transparent/Clear Film400ml$175.50.48

Additional Plotting Tips

Plotting "Full-bleed" on Plain Paper

Plots on plain paper that are full-bleed or have significant ink-filled areas (see below) on the edges will become oversaturated, causing the paper to tear. Plots like this are not advised on plain paper and will not be refunded nor reprinted for free.


Plotting Large PDF Files

If you are having issues getting your file below 50 MB, there are a number of optimization tools that you can use:

Plotting Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign Files

DO NOT "Print to PDF" from Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Instead, save the file as a PDF from File → Save as...

This protects the file size and provides a way to reduce printing errors such as rotated and improperly cropped prints.


Plotting Sheets of Vellum for Drawing Use

You can plot a sheet of vellum to use for classes or studio. In order to have the sheet print, put a period, dash, or another unobtrusive mark in the top left and bottom left corners of your desired file size.