Poster Printing

Tired of transporting poster tubes to and from scientific meetings? We have a solution - foldable fabric posters are here!

Our foldable fabric is a synthetic polyester. Unlike paper, it is waterproof and does not wrinkle or crease when loosely folded. To be clear, our foldable fabric is not a natural fiber such as cotton broadcloth or canvas; it is a plastic-based material that feels like a plastic/paper hybrid (slightly less flexible than canvas, but more flexible than paper).

We print using an HP Designjet Z6200 42 inch printer.

If you loosely fold your poster and put it inside of a small box in your luggage, you can avoid hard creases being pressed into the poster during travel. If your poster gets creased during travel, you should loosely roll your poster into a cone (at an angle) and leave it rolled up for a few hours or overnight if possible (this should stretch out any horizontal or vertical creases that resulted from folding the poster and pressing it too tight). 

Once you arrive at your destination your poster can also be ironed on very low heat from the back of the poster (test a corner with the iron first). Please note that if you put a hot iron on this material, it will behave like the plastic it is and melt. If hard creases are not pressed into the poster during transport, ironing will not be necessary.

See our Foldable Fabric Poster Information sheet for more tips for handling this material.

Our foldable fabric meets the #1 PETE recyclable requirements making it 100% recyclable. To recycle your poster or poster bag, please drop them off at one of the below IT offices (if no one is in the office, just leave your materials outside the door):

  • 1st Floor Poster Recycle Locations: 1259 Meyer
  • 3rd Floor Poster Recycle Locations: 3111, 3113 Meyer

How to Get Your Poster Printed

We can only provide printing services for individuals housed in the academic departments of ANIMAL SCIENCE and NUTRITION (note that graduate groups are not the same as academic departments). If the home department of the faculty member you work for is ANIMAL SCIENCE or NUTRITION, then we can print for you. We also occasionally print for students taking a particular class where the class fees fund  the printing. But, in general, if you are housed in an academic department other than ANIMAL SCIENCE or NUTRITION and do not have an account # from ANIMAL SCIENCE or NUTRITION (even if you are a member of an associated graduate group), then please seek assistance from your home department.

To submit a request to print a poster please email foodchainit@ucdavis.edu with the following information:

  • Date/time when you will need your poster (email your poster file in PDF format 2 days in advance of that date/time).
  • UC Davis Account # to charge (must be an Animal Science or Nutrition account #).
  • Name of faculty member you work for (assuming you are not a faculty member). Faculty member must be housed in the academic departments of ANIMAL SCIENCE or NUTRITION.
  • Indicate if you want your poster printed on foldable fabric using the new cluster printer or on paper using one of the old departmental printers. If you do not indicate preference for paper or foldable fabric, we will print your poster on foldable fabric.
  • By default posters will be rolled and secured with a rubber band rather than folded, due to storage restraints in our pickup area (you may choose to loosely fold your poster for travel after you pick it up).

Please make sure that one side of your poster is no more than 42" (this is the width of the medial roll).  It is recommended that new users review our Poster Design Tips document before submitting posters for printing.  

Where to pick up your poster

When you submit your email to foodchainit@ucdavis.edu a ticket will be created for you in our IT ticket system. You will receive a confirmation email and then later a follow-up email from "UC Davis Service Desk" with information on when and where your poster will be ready for you to pick up. Posters will be available for pickup in 2218 Meyer Hall (Animal Science Receiving Room) during regular business hours (M-F, 8-12, 1-5, excluding campus holidays). There is a cart behind the refrigerator in 2218 Meyer where the posters (labeled with user name) will be waiting for pickup.  Be sure to sign out your poster “package” with your initials on the Poster Receiving Log, which is hanging right above the cart.

Policy and Procedures for Food Chain Poster Printing Services:

  • Only posters pertinent to the mission of the academic departments supported by the Food Chain Cluster (academic departments of Animal Science and Nutrition) will be printed. Posters for personal use or for other academic departments may not be printed on the printer.
  • Note that graduate groups are separate entities from academic departments with their own funding and resources. We are unable to provide printing services for the hundreds of students from all associated graduate groups whose major professor's home department is not Animal Science or Nutrition. Even if you are in an associated graduate group, if the faculty member you work for is housed in a department other than Animal Science or Nutrition, you should seek assistance for printing from your home department.
  • Posters can be paid for with a UCD Account # from the academic departments of Animal Science or Nutrition or personal check to UC Regents. The Account # or check must be submitted prior to printing.
  • Unless the error is ours, there will be a full charge for reprinting. So, please be sure to review your poster carefully before submitting it to be printed.

Printing Costs

Because of the difference in cost for ink, we have two rates for printing - one for low/moderate coverage posters and the other for full/high coverage posters. The cost is $10 per linear foot for low/moderate ink coverage and $15 per linear foot for high/full ink coverage.

The IT staff member who prints your poster will determine which category your poster falls in by visually examining the poster. If there is uncertainty about the category, the lower rate will be used. Note that “per linear foot” refers to 12 inches of a 42” roll of the foldable media.  Final charges are calculated by a formula that uses the exact linear inches printed so that users will not be overcharged.

Poster Design Tips and Foldable Fabric Info

Below are tips for creating your poster in PowerPoint as well as general tips about how to go about creating a scientific poster. Additionally, we provide important information about our foldable fabric.

Poster Templates

Users are encouraged to create their own poster files on a new document in PowerPoint or application of their choice and let the content guide the layout. If you work for a faculty member, it is recommended that you check with your supervisor before using any outside poster templates (faculty members may have their own lab poster templates they want their lab members to use).  For additional assistance, we provide a basic PowerPoint template below with the UC Davis wordmark logo for each department.

Contacts

For questions or support, please contact foodchainit@ucdavis.edu or you may contact one of the below Food Chain IT staff members directly: