The Output Center is a college resource that provides services including black-and-white printing, color printing, 3D printing, wide-format printing and three laser cutters. The Output Center also allows students, faculty, and staff to check out a variety of equipment including cameras, camcorders, tripods, microphones, and more.

Hours and location

The Output Center is located in room 426 on the fourth floor of the College of Design building. For questions, email

Fall and spring hours are:

8 AM – 12 AM8 AM – 12 AM8 AM – 12 AM8 AM – 12 AM8 AM – 10 PM10 AM – 10 PM12 PM – 12 AM
Hours are subject to change. Summer hours may vary. The Output Center is closed during university holidays.


Canon C710

  • Cost per page/side: $0.75 ($0.50 for multiple copies of the same print)
  • Files are uploaded as a high quality PDF file to our dropbox then go to room 426 to pay for your prints!
  • If you need to print something other than a PDF (like a postscript file or booklet) you will need to install the printer drivers and send it directly to the printer (please tell the monitor that you sent it directly to the printer).

Epson P9570 wide format printer

  • Handles up to 36 inch wide prints on Photo Luster paper.
  • This printer is used to produce high-quality, archival prints through a12 archival ink system and Epson photo luster archival paper.
  • Cost: $.60 per linear inch on a 36″ wide roll (24×36 would be 24 x $0.60 = $14.40)
  • Files are uploaded as a high quality PDF file to our dropbox.

Océ Colorwave Wide-format “plotter”

  • Up to 36-inch wide color plots, or copies, on bond paper.
  • Cost: $.25 per linear inch on a 36″ wide roll (24×36 would be 24 x $0.25 = $6.00)
  • This printer is best suited for plans and other low ink-coverage prints.
  • Files are uploaded as a high quality PDF file to our dropbox.

HP Plotter

  • Typically used for transparencies and printing on Strathmore type papers.
  • We carry 18×24″ sheets of Strathmore paper.  The cost for this is $5.00/page or $2.50/page if you bring your own paper
  • Files are uploaded as a high quality PDF file to our dropbox.

While the Output Center does not have large format scanning available, the college does have two machines available in the open computer lab (room 446).

  • Widetek 25″ flatbed scanner
  • Widetek 36″ wide single sheet scanner

The Output Center currently has three 3D printers, a Stratasys F170 and a FormLabs Form 3.

Stratasys F170
 – Our Stratasys F170 FDM 3D Printer, located in 426 Design, uses a two-part plastic to create models in an 12″ x 12″ x 12″ envelope and prints high resolution, high-quality parts. Models are submitted in STL file format, then output one layer at a time using the two materials to create the model and support areas.

FormLabs Form 3: The Form 3 SLA 3D printer is a high end printer capable of extreme detail in a variety of materials. SLA printers use a laser to cure liquid resin into hardened plastic in a process called photopolymerization.

Bambu Lab X1 Carbon: The Bambu is a top-tier consumer grade FDM printer. It is great for economic printing with quality results.

Please go to to submit your files.  This page will ask you questions about the print including what printer to use and then allow you to upload an STL file.  Our fabrication manager will then contact you about the price and the time-frame before it is printed.

Helpful Links

There are three laser cutters, located in the Output Center. To use the laser cutter, everyone must take the laser cutter training course through Canvas. Email to sign up, and after training the laser cutter instructions  to get started. Laser Cutters in the Output Center can be reserved using the bookings page.

Equipment checkout

Students may borrow equipment free of charge* from the College of Design’s Output Center located at 426 Design. Checkout periods vary depending on the type of equipment.

*Fees will be charged if items are lost or returned late

  • Overdue Policy: Items returned more than 60 minutes late will be considered overdue, and will be assessed a $10/day overdue fine to be applied to your UBill. All lost items will be billed at the replacement rate. Some of these items are very expensive. It is in your best interest to return items promptly.

  • Canon Rebel 2000 EFS-mount SLR Cameras (Film not provided) with 18-135mm Kit Lens (No other lenses available)
  • Sony α6400 e-Mount DSLM Cameras (24.2MP APS-C sensor) with 16-50mm PowerZoom Lens (other E-mount lenses available)
  • Canon EOS 60D EFS-mount DSLR Cameras (18MP APS-C sensor) with 18-135mm Kit Lens (No other lenses available)
  • Wireless Microphone Kits
  • Small & Medium WACOM Intuos Tablets
  • Canon Vixia HFG20 HD Camcorders
  • Canon XA20 HD Camcorders (with XLR shotgun mic mount)
  • RODE NTG Shotgun Microphones (1&2)
  • GoPro Hero 6 Cameras
  • ZOOM digital audio recorders.
  • Medium and Heavy Tripods
  • Various Projectors with HDMI input. (for class use, and valid course work use)
  • Leica BLK360 Laser Scanner
  • Adapters for projectors and USB-C
  • Some power adapters for laptop computers

  • University ID must be presented for all check-outs. No exceptions.
  • Items can be checked out for one week.  If you need something longer, please email and we’ll work with you based on availability
  • Patrons will be responsible for all insurance necessary to cover the items if traveling by plane or other public modes of transportation.
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