Large Format Printing

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Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative process by providing shared space, shared tools, software, materials and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.

The Large Format Printing Area at PPM consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.

Additional training is required to use our Level 2 equipment.


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911

Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Area Contact — Mathew Palfenier

Additional Printer Suite Leaders wanted
To help out with the Large Format Printer, post your ideas/comments on Slack.


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


  • After loading a new roll of material, be sure the roll spins freely. (Be sure it doesn't rub against the printer.)
  • Use the small power button on the front, lower left of the printer for an "Emergency Stop", if necessary.
  • Otherwise, to clear the printer, cycle the power using the power switch in the back, next to the power cord.
  • Plain paper is recyclable. (Photo paper and canvas are not recyclable.)
  • Be sure to log your printing job using the Printer Usage Form.

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Captured transcript of Large Format Printer Refresher video (by former PPM member Logan Henning):


- The media profile for "Canvas" does not allow cutting at the end of the job (or even manually), just use the scissors instead.
- If printer reports "Print Head Path Error 2", check the (Illustrator) file for any elements that might need to be trimmed to fit within the artboard.

For Additional Help

Use the #printer-suite channel in Slack!
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

Equipment Lists

Large Format Printer

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
HP Designjet 510
Large Format


Inkjet Printer

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Designjet 510,


(416 MB memory upgrade)

3D printed spindle hub
2" spindle hub


Trevor Banks


3D printed spindle hub adapter
3" to 2" spindle hub adapter


Trevor Banks


Picture Item Manufacturer Model

Hand Tools

Use scissors to cut canvas, (the media profile "Canvas" does not allow cutting.)
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Benefits and Policies


PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Woodcraft of 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
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.


Donate for Printing Materials: Use checkout for all payment methods.
If paying by cash, leave donations in a black payment box after login in Cheddar Up.
14", 24", and 30" stretcher boards mounting canvas prints, cost TBD.

Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a red-tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack, # red-tag-issues channel.
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Scrap and Trash

Trash day is MONDAY
Recycling day is MONDAY (96 gallon tote)
Single Stream Recycling provided by Waste Connections. Paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and one time use plastics.
Empty recycling and trash into our dumpster at the back (south side) of the building.
Always leave the space better than you found it.

Related Software

Design Software

Adobe Illustrator Tips
Adobe Photoshop Tips
Adobe InDesign Tips
CorelDRAW X6 Tips
Inkscape Tips
Canva Tips
Procreate Tips

Printing Software

Adobe Acrobat
Preview — Print directly from Macintosh applications, including Preview

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Assembly Table (Clean Projects)  

Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

HP DesignJet 510 42-in Printer - Manuals
HP Designjet 510 Series Printers - Specifications

Other Fun Stuff

Links to external sites:

Consider Hofstadter's law
PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
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