Large Format Printing

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The Large Format Printing Area at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.
Additional training is required to use our Level 2 equipment.



Large Format Printer Area
Large Format Printer

Safety First

Members must know the following information:

Covid-19 notice

In case of emergency, call 911

Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 11 fire extinguishers in the building.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available throughout the Makerspace.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in the Kitchen, CNC Room and Wood Shop Areas.

Personal Protective Equipment

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.


Classes and Training

Area Captain -- Volunteers needed

Classes

Pikes Peak Makerspace announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup

Training

Get started here: Large Format Printer Refresher video by Logan Henning
"DO NOT TURN OFF / USE STANDBY INSTEAD"
HP DesignJet 5500 Users Guide - External Link
HP DesignJet 5500 Quick Reference Guide - External Link
The media profile for "Hewlett-Packard/Studio Canvas" does not include cutting canvas at the end of the job, just use a pair of scissors instead.
Our Large Format Printer does not have a Take Up Reel (TUR).

Tips

Leave the "Language" set to "Automatic" (on the front panel: Setup > Device setup ... > Lang > Automatic),
otherwise you may get the message "Error processing job / Flushing rest of job".

For Help

Use the #large-format-printer channel in Slack!

Equipment Lists

Large Format Printer

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Number
Estimated
Value
Manual Owner Status Problem
Description
hp 5500ps large format printer
Large Format Printer
Level 2 badge
hp designjet 5500ps

$750

Yes

(pocket guide)

PPM Black ink

prints too heavy. (11/19/21)

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Number
Estimated
Value
Manual Owner Status Problem
Description

A 59" Rotary Cutter is available to trim large format printing projects.

Hand Tools

Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Policies

Equipment Reservations

Materials

Cost
HW Paper $1.00 per foot, Canvas $3.00 per foot
Donate for Materials: bit.ly/ppmstuff (use "Other" drop down menu)
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.
Help Us Keep Stocked Up!

Large Format Printing Supplies

Large Format Printing Supplies
Item Weight Size Quantity Recommendation
Poster Grade Glossy Paper 36"
1
Buy -- Almost Out
Matte White Canvas 35"
1
Buy -- Almost Out
Presentation Grade Matte Paper 36"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 30"
1
Premium Matte Paper 47lb 24"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 33"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 23.5"
3
Heavy Weight Coated Paper 36"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 24"
2
Translucent Bond Paper 15lb 24"
1
Off White Bond Paper 24"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 36"
1
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 11"
4
Sell
Bright White Bond Paper 20lb 11.5"
2
Sell
Translucent Bond Paper 15lb 36"
6
Sell
Translucent Bond Paper 15lb 48"
2
Sell -- too wide
Item Weight Size Quantity Recommendation

PPM Member Benefits

(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Logo WOODCRAFT
Woodcraft Colorado Springs 10% discount 4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street

Scrap and Trash

Collect scrap plain paper, PLA and PETG plastics, and metals for recycling.
Empty recycling and trash into our dumpsters at the back (south side) of the building.
The key to the dumpsters is hanging just inside our back door.

Software

Design Software

Adobe Illustrator (Windows 7, 10 and Macintosh)
Adobe Photoshop (Windows 7, 10 and Macintosh)
Inkscape (multi-platform)
Procreate (for Apple iPad)

Printing Software

Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Illustrator, etc.
designjet 5500ps WebAccess
Preview -- Some PPM members have good luck printing from Macintosh OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and its built-in application Preview.

Showcase

Photo Gallery

(Displayed in no particular order.)

PPM YouTube Channel

"featured" videos, (the YouTube "HOME" tab)
"Things we've built", Created playlists, including 3D-printed robotic hand (2015)

Other Fun Stuff

Consider Hofstadter's law



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