Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to use the print lab.....

By Sean Hartman

As projects start to be due you wonder if you are going to have time to print. I will give some advice during this blog that will help when it come to printing. First off do not wait till the last minute to print. The print lab is only open so many hours a week and can have hardware and mechanical error. If you give yourself a 24 hour buffer zone before the project is due to, printing won't be such a problem. Like I said the print lab is only open certain times of the day. The times are as followed:

Sundays: 1pm - 11pm
Monday: 11am - 1pm & 6pm - 11pm
Tuesday: 11am - 2pm & 6pm - 11pm
Wednesday: 11am - 1pm & 6pm - 11pm
Thursday: 11am - 2pm & 6pm - 11pm
Friday: 8am - 1pm
Saturday 8am - 11pm

As you can see the print lab is open about the same time each day. There is always an Architecture Graduate Assistant in the lab during those hours so if you have any problems with trying to print they are there to help you out. Please be patient the lab can get very busy at certain times throughout the semester and there is only one Grad working during each of those times.

We have three types of paper we use in the lab. The first one is translucent trans-bond. This paper is great for print black and white line drawings on and for doing check plots. The next paper is the presentation paper. This paper is good for printing your presentation boards on when you have to give a presentation in class. The third is glossy. This is great for print images on that you want to give an appearance of being like a photo. It gives you the glossy sheen like the pictures you were to print at Wallmart.

Also if you are having computer problems with your laptop, keep in mind that the School of Architectures computer lab has 27 work stations that you can come in and do you work on during the posted hours above. The Graduate Assistants are knowledgeable on most of the software that is being used in the computer lab. Also when working in the computer lab be courteous and leave all food and drinks outside of the lab as we strive to keep this area as clean as possible. If you have a question regarding how to do something in certain software don't hesitate to ask the Grads. We will do our best to try and answer your questions.

As you can see from the information above there is a wide range of times that the computer lab is open, paper types you can print on, and work stations available to work on. If you have any questions about the computer lab or would like more information on it please feel free to stop by during the above hours and ask the Grad that is working. We look forward to helping you out during the school year.

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