Thayer School printers are not available through GreenPrint.
Printers names are standardized based on their location and room number, i.e. 201-1 is located in Cummings room 201, m128-1 is located in MacLean room 128. Each printer has a prominent label on the front to help with identification.
Once you have identified which printer you want to use, follow the directions below to configure your computer to use it. We have already configured computers in the labs for nearby printers.
We ask that you do not print large jobs on the regular printers. If you need to print more than 50 pages please use the Copy Center in Cummings 014.
Configuring Your Computer to Print at Thayer
Print Release Stations
There are print release stations in front of some publicly accessible printers at Thayer. The release stations help save thousands of uncollected print jobs; if you are interested in getting exact numbers please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large Format Printing
Thayer School has a large format inkjet plotter in MacLean M128 intended for posters, large schematics, etc. Paper and ink for this machine are expensive, so please be careful not to waste materials.
You cannot print to the plotter directly from your own computer. Instead you must save your document to the plotter folder in the common drive on ThayerFS, then use the dedicated release station in M128.
Instructions are here: M128 Plotter Instructions
Konica-Minolta (KMBS) multifunction devices (MFDs)
The KMBS MFDs have more features and are less expensive to operate than our fleet of standalone printers. However, we are charged by the printed/copied page on these units. A color page (even if only a single pixel is color) costs ten times as much to print as a black and white page. We ask that you use our communal resources frugally, and only print in color when you must. In order to help you do this, we've taken two steps:
- When making copies, the machines default to black & white mode. In order to switch to color, you should press "Auto Select"
- We've created two print queues for every print: one color and when black & white. The color queues print b&w pages in b&w, and color pages in color. The b&w queues print all pages (color or not) in b&w. Please make the b&w queue the default and use the color queue only when you must.
All the KMBS machines have single-pass scanning, scanning both sides of the page in a single pass even if you're doing double-sided scanning or copying.
Printer Access and Faculty or Staff Purchased Printers
We have Thayer School-provided high-speed color copier/printers or printers conveniently located for all faculty, staff, and students. We fully support these devices and currently cover all costs of operating them. Here is what we can offer faculty or staff who wish to have an additional printer:
- Normal support for a recommended model, but we expect you will cover purchase, consumable, and repair costs.
- For non-recommended models, we expect you will handle your own setup and support in addition to purchase, consumable, and repair costs. We can consult about difficulties with such a printer, but will not be able to put significant time into helping solve them so we can better focus on support issues that impact a larger segment of the community.