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Area 49

This guide provides information on how to use technology within Area 49, as well as guides for digital technologies and physical projects. Area 49 is available for use by all current students, faculty, and staff.

Large Format Printers

These printers are used for plotter prints, such as posters. We have two types of paper. Bright White is similar to computer paper and is used for quick prints. Instant Dry Satin is coated with a glossy finish, and is thicker. The length of the print can be as long as the roll, but the maximum width is 36 inches. Note: Any prints 36 inches wide will have a .25 inch margin of white on either side, with a total printed area 35.5 inches wide.

Printers General Info

HP DesignJet T1300

HP DesignJet T1300

Location: Makerspace

HP DesignJet T520HP DesignJet T520

Location: T3

Use options:


  • $1.80/ft (B&W)
  • $6.00/ft (Color)


Printing Using a PC

  1. Open any PDF or JPG in Adobe Illustrator (open > select file > enter desired length and width > Ok). Open any PowerPoint in the PowerPoint program
  2. File > Print
  3. Select the correct printer in dropdown: "HP DesignJet T1300 V4" 
  4. Click Setup.
  5. On next screen, select the correct printer again in dropdown: "HP DesignJet T1300 V4"
  6. Click More Settings
  7. On next screen
    1. Always click "Show preview before printing". Preview will appear once you have clicked print from the main print screen and before the print is sent to the printer.
    2. Change the print paper size. Select or correct size or create new one by going to Custom > enter width and length (name as dimensions entered) > Save > Ok. Remember that the maximum width is 36”.
    3. Paper Source choose Roll 1
    4. Margins Layout select Oversized. This will ensure the paper is cut once the print finishes.
    5. Color Mode choose color or black & white
    6. Print Quality > Normal or Best. Note: Printing using Fast setting can cause issues with color accuracy.
    7. Advanced Document select Rotation > Rotate by 0 degrees
    8. Click OK
  8. The preview should change to the correct dimensions on the main screen. Click print to see full preview.
    Note: If the preview orientation is not correct, do not print. Return to main screen and select Orientation > Landscape then repeat steps 1-8 above. 
  9. Bring your print to the Makerspace Monitor, who will measure it and take down the information for payment. Head down to the Circulation Desk on the first floor to pay for your print.
  10. Troubleshooting:
    • In Illustrator, if the print preview orientation does not look correct, choose "Landscape" on the first print dialog box before sending it to the printer. It should look correct in the print preview.
    • If print's color is off, and it is not a low-ink issue, check Illustrator's first print dialog box and ensure that it says "Colors Managed by Printer," rather than by Illustrator.

Printing Using a USB Drive

  1. Open any PDF in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (open > select file > enter desired length and width > Ok). Open any PowerPoint in the PowerPoint program. Save this to the USB drive.
  2. Insert the USB flash drive into the plotter printer port located above the power button.
  3. On the LCD screen, click on USB Drive then select the file to be printed. Files that can be printed are indicated with a check ; files that cannot be printed are indicated with an X. You can select folders to browse their contents.
  4. Default print settings are displayed. To change them, select Settings. The following settings are available:
    • Size: resize the print to a percentage of its original size, or to fit a particular paper size.
    • Color: choose color or grayscale printing.
    • Print quality: set print quality to Best, Normal or Fast.
    • Roll: select roll 1 or 2 or choose “Save paper,” which chooses the narrowest roll on which the print will fit.
    • Rotation: rotate the print by 90° or automatically, which will rotate the print to save paper.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the print settings, press Start.
  6. Bring your print to the Makerspace Monitor, who will measure it and take down the information for payment. Head down to the Circulation Desk on the first floor to pay for your print.

Loading Paper

Click here for video instructions.

  1. From the front panel, press the info button, then the roll icon, then Load roll 1 or Load roll 2. You should stand behind the printer when loading the rolls. If you start to load one roll when another is already loaded, the preloaded roll is withdrawn to the standby position, so reloading is not necessary.
  2. Open the roll cover.
  3. Take the spindle from the printer and load a new roll onto it. Make sure it is the correct type of paper.
  4. Rest the spindle’s black end on the left roll holder and the blue end on the right holder.
  5. Feed the edge of the paper into the printer. Do not feed the paper into the cut-sheet slot (shown below). WARNING: Do not push your fingers inside the printer's paper path. 

 Cut sheet slot

  1. Roll the paper into the printer until you feel resistance. The printer will feed it automatically once detected. The printer will cancel the load if there are curved or bent edges. Ensure the paper is cut in a straight line before feeding.
  2. On the front panel, select the paper category and type. Instant Dry Satin is Photo Paper > HP Premium Satin Photo Paper. Bright White is Bond and Coated Paper > HP Bright White IJ Paper.
  3. Close roll cover.

Checking Ink

When there is a low ink notification, press the info button, then the ink button to check the ink levels. Only change the cartridge when there is less than 15% ink or the print quality is poor.


Loading freezes at 94%

If the loading freezes at 94% then switch it on and off again. Between 30% and 94% you'll hear some movement from within. That sound is the cartridge moving back and forth. When the cartridge is in the middle, open the lid, so it stops. Take out each print head and put each back in. Close the lid. The printer will either continue loading on its own or give the paper jam error message. Turn the power on and off using the switch in the back a final time and it should load properly. For further explanation, visit this link.

"Update Firmware" Error Message

If an update firmware error message appears on the LCD screen, power off the printer using the switch in the back and unplug it from the outlet. Plug it back in and power it on. It will begin italicizing and loading. It should completely load and you'll then be able to use the printer as usual.

"Edges Not Found" Error Message

This means the sensor didn’t see at least one of the paper corners. Cut an even line across the paper and reinsert it into the printer. If you get an "edges not found" error message when loading paper, continue to manually feed the paper at the same time that the machine is feeding/pulling the paper in.

Maximum Width

For a PowerPoint file with a width larger than 36 inches, rotate the file 90 degrees. Continue selecting all print settings as usual, then click "layout/output" in the lower right corner. Click the drop down menu and select to rotate 90 degrees. The page preview in the print settings should show you the correct way for printing. The print preview will not show the rotation.

Cannot Change Artboard Size

If you are having trouble changing the artboard size in Photoshop complete attempt printing in Illustrator, instead.


HP Troubleshooting Page

For all other issues, visit HP's troubleshooting page for this printer.