About Large Format Printing

Large format printing uses wide paper and complex ink combinations to produce professional-quality posters, maps, backdrops, and more.

Staff Recommendation

There are many factors that go into making a successfully printed poster. One of the most common mistakes is to provide an image that is scaled incorrectly for large format printing. Remember, it's easier to make a big image smaller than make a small image bigger. The Makerspace has photo editing software so you can make changes to your design. Be prepared to discuss your needs and wants with Makerspace staff, and let us know what you have in mind for the finished product.

Submit a Large Format (Poster) Print Request



Inkjet Printer
This printer is not suitable for print jobs larger than 10 pages.
$0.25 per sheet for VC/UHV and $0.50 per sheet for guests.

Poster Prints

(24" wide paper) $3.00 per linear foot for VC/UHV and guests $5.00 per linear foot

(36" wide paper) $4.50 per linear foot for VC/UHV and guests $7.50 / linear foot

24" x 18" or 18" x 24" (Landscape or Portrait):

  • UHV/VC: $4.50
  • Guest: $7.50

36" x 24" or 24" x 36" (Landscape or Portrait):

  • UHV/VC: $9.00
  • Guest: $15.00

24" x 24" (Square):

  • UHV/VC: $6.00
  • Guest: $10.00

48" x 36" or 36" x 48" (Landscape or Portrait):

  • UHV/VC: $18.00
  • Guest: $30.00

36" x 36" (Square):

  • UHV/VC: $13.50
  • Guest: $22.50

See our FAQ for more information.

HP DesignJet T520 36-in Printer

From the manufacturer

Designed to fit your office—and the way you work—this compact printer makes it easy to print architectural designs, maps, photos, and presentations with sharp detail up to 2400 dpi.

From the manufacturer

Functions Print
Print speed Mechanical printing time
Resolution (black) Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi from 1200 x 1200 input dpi and Optimization For Photo Paper selected
Resolution (color) Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi
Print Technology HP Thermal Inkjet
Number of print cartridges 4 (cyan, magenta, yellow, black)
Compatible ink types Dye-based (C, M, Y); pigment-based (K)
Print languages HP-GL/2, HP-RTL, JPEG, CALS G4
Mobile Printing Capability Direct print from mobile apps on iOS, Android and Chrome OS; email printing with HP ePrint and HP Smart app for iOS and Android.
Connectivity Fast Ethernet (100Base-T); Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified; Wi-Fi; Compatible HP Jetdirect print servers
Network ready Standard
Minimum system requirements Mac OS X v 10.6: Mac computer with Intel® Core™ Processor; 1 GB RAM; 2 GB available hard disk spaceMicrosoft® Windows® 7: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (1 GHz); 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit); 1 GB available hard disk space; Windows Vista® Ultimate/Business/Home Premium: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (1 GHz); 1 GB RAM; 1 GB available hard disk space; Windows® XP Professional/Home (SP3 or higher): Intel® Pentium® family or AMD K6™/Athlon™/Duron™ family (1 GHz); 512 MB RAM; 1 GB available hard disk space
Compatible operating systems Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate/Professional/Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate/Business/Home Premium, Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit) Professional/Home, Windows Server 2008 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 (32-bit, 64-bit); Mac OS X v 10.6, v 10.7, v 10.8; Citrix XenApp; Citrix XenServer
Memory 1 GB
Hard disk None
Non-printable area (cut-sheet) 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
Guaranteed minimum line width 0.0028 in (ISO/IEC 13660:2001(E))
Line accuracy ±0.1%
Maximum optical density (black) 8 L* min/2.10 D
Finished output handling Sheet feed; roll feed; input tray; media bin; automatic cutter
Media sizes supported Input tray: A4, A3; manual feed: A2, A1, A0
Media types Bond and coated paper (bond, coated, heavyweight coated, recycled, plain, bright white), technical paper (natural tracing, vellum), film (clear, matte), photographic paper (satin, gloss, semigloss, premium, polypropylene), self-adhesive (adhesive, polypropylene)
Media sizes 8.3 to 36-in wide sheets; 11 to 36-in rolls
Roll maximum output 150 ft
Roll external diameter 3.9 in
Media thickness Up to 11.8 mil
Power Input voltage (auto ranging): 100-240 V (±10%), 50/60 Hz (±3 Hz), 1200 mA max
Power consumption < 35 watts (printing), < 0.3 watts (standby)
Operating temperature range 41 to 104ºF
Mechanical print time 35 sec/page
Mechanical print time 70 D prints per hour
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty
Software included HP Click, HP DesignJet Utility for Mac and Windows

From the manufacturer

User Guide