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Poster printing at the Bollinger Digital Fabrication Lab, Biotech Commons: Cost, payment, turnaround

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Cost and turnaround time comparison

Please note: turnaround times for print-by-email orders will depend on your response rate, as we will require confirmation via email before processing your order.  Please make sure you include a valid email and phone number in your order. 

Service

Cost

Guaranteed turnaround-time

 
Size in Square Inches
Paper (no tax)
Paper $0.03 per square inch 24 business hours
Fabric $0.06 per square inch 24 business hours
Priority service (why?) $25 on top of poster cost 3 business hours
Poster with layout service
(material of your choice)
$0.10 per square inch 5 business days

Extras:

  • Cardboard tubes: $5
  • Reusable telescopic tube with a strap: $30
  • Priority service: $25
  • Tax for personal posters (not for academic, research, or clinical purposes): 8%

Priority service: + $25.00 (3 business hours)

Why should you pay for priority service when you can sometimes get your poster right away at no extra charge?

We process requests in the order they were received.  When business is slow, we are able to provide instant service without compromising our service to other patrons.  However, when there is a long queue due to high volume of requests or printer failures, giving priority to your request means delaying someone else's.  So in essence, you pay extra in order to jump the queue. 

We only charge for priority service during extremely busy times.  If we don't have a long queue we'll have your poster ready as fast as possible without charging extra.  

Please note that priority service is also contingent on our business hours which are sometimes irregular.  

Sample poster printing costs

Dimensions Size in Square Inches Paper (no tax) Paper + tax Fabric (no tax) Fabric + tax
18 x 24 in 432 sq in $12.96 $14.00 $25.92 $28.00
36 x 48 in 1728 sq in $51.84 $55.99 $103.68 $111.98
42 x 72 in 3024 sq in $90.72 $97.98 $181.44 $195.96

What determines turnaround times? (the long winded explanation)

Factors that can affect turnaround time:

  • printer failure
  • we are staffed by student workers whose schedules are subject to change
  • the volume of printing requests we receive during conference season is extraordinarily high

When one or more of the above factors delays our performance, we will take responsibility and find a way to have your poster ready within the promised timeframe.  However, if you make an appointment, say, 2 hours before flying out to a conference, that leaves us no time for a "plan B". This is why we typically advise patrons to leave 24 business hours for turnaround time. If you choose not to follow this recommendation, please understand and take responsibility for the risk. 

Also, for print-by-email orders, please remember that your response rate will affect turnaround time as well as we notify you of any issues and await your confirmation before processing your order.