Printing at Michigan Tech

If you have other questions, contact IT Help at 487-1111 or it-help@mtu.edu.

Printing FAQs

01

Which types of printers are available?

Michigan Tech offers both black and white and color printing. We have added many new color printers across campus and in the Library.

02

Where are printers located on campus?

HuskyPrint Release Stations are located all over campus. For a list of locations, see the dropdown list below this FAQ.

03

Is there a charge for printing on campus?

Beginning Fall 2013, there will be a charge for color printing. Black and white printing is free and planned to remain that way.

Printing charges for 2013 are as follows:

2013 Printing charges
Black and white printingFREE
Color$.25/page - 8.5 x 11"
$.40/page duplex (two-sided) - 8.5 x 11"
$.50/page simplex - 11 x 17"

The following chart illustrates comparison of the estimated cost a student would incur at comparison schools, printing an average of 1125 black and white and 112 color pages per year. Michigan Tech's cost is highlighted in orange.

printing costs
(click image to enlarge)

04

Will I be charged the $0.25/page each time I print to husky-color (even if I print in black and white), or only if I print in color on a husky-color printer?

Print jobs sent to the husky-color queue will be charged at $0.25 per page, regardless of the job’s composition. IT has made a great effort to place a black and white printer near every color printer to meet student’s black and white printing needs.

05

Are the black and white printers being spec’d to deal with the load of replacing all of the labs on campus?

IT is closely monitoring the campus printing system (both husky-color and husky-bw) to ensure students retain the ability to print when needed.

06

Will color printing be for-fee everywhere, or just in the Library?

Color printing will cost $0.25 for all jobs sent to the husky-color print queues, regardless of their location on campus. Black and white printing is planned to remain free.

07

Why am I being charged for printing when I already pay computer lab fees?

As part of the IT merger and lab changes three years ago, all general "computer" fees were eliminated. This includes the basic access fees and course fees to support general computing. A small number of course fees remain but only for specific hardware or equipment for a small number of classes; none of this revenue supports general lab computing, software, or printing.

08

Engineering students pay an extra computing fee that non-engineering students don’t. With the removal of open labs in the various buildings, will the engineering fee now be charged to all students, or will my fee be reduced?

Engineering and Computer Science students at the sophomore through doctoral levels are charged a tuition surcharge each semester (since fall semester of 2003). This is not a "computing fee." Prior to the fall semester of 2011, all students, regardless of major, were also charged a "Basic Computing Fee." These fees are no longer charged for any major.

09

How do I pay for color printing charges?

Students can add credits to their TechExpress cards for color printing at http://www.huskycard.mtu.edu.

10

Is there a limit to how many pages I can print?

At this time, there is no limit to the number of pages printed from on-campus printers. IT is working with housing to add free black-and-white printing in the residence halls. These printers will be limited to 500 sheets per student per semester (this quota will not affect on-campus printing).

11

How do I print from a computer in one of the labs?

Printers in the computer labs are pre-configured. To print, simply select the printer called "husky-bw," or the one called "husky-color," depending on whether you want to print on a black-and-white or a color printer. The print job will be sent to the print release system. To release the job, follow the on-screen instructions at any of the release stations setup in labs across campus. Your job will be printed on the printer in close proximity to the release stations.

12a

How do I print from my office, laptop, etc. on a Mac?

Printing outside the labs is configured differently, depending on whether the computer is in a "domain" or standalone. In general, if a user logs in with MTU\username and their ISO password, or with ADMIN\username, they are logging into a computer that is a member of the domain.

  • Domain members are configured automatically by IT. To print from a computer belonging to a domain, simply choose the printer you want to print to when you print. If you would like to print to a printer that is not available to you, please contact User Services and specify the name of your computer and the name of the printer to which you want to print.
  • Standalone computers need to be configured manually. The printing system we use at Michigan Tech is based on the PaperCut printing system. This system allows for features such as Follow-Me printing (with which any user can print to a generic printer but release the job to any of the available lab printers), and release stations. Release stations are helping Michigan Tech save 10% in paper and toner; we estimate the savings in paper to be in the order of 1 million pages a year.

Instructions for installing PaperCut and printers to your computer:

  1. Download and install the PaperCut client. THE PAPERCUT CLIENT MUST BE RUNNING BEFORE YOU CAN PRINT.
  2. To find information about a printer you want to add, open a web browser and go to http://printing.it.mtu.edu:631 and navigate to "Manage Printers." You can search for a printer by name (or partial name). Once found, it will give you the following information:


    Record the name of the printer and the printer driver for the following step.

  3. Add the printer to your computer.
    • Open System Preferences.
    • Click on “Print & Scan."
    • Click on the “+” at the lower left corner and click “Add new printer.”
    • Navigate to the "IP" tab at the top.
    • Information is as follows:
      • Address: printing.it.mtu.edu:631
      • Protocol: Internet Printing Protocol – IPP
      • Queue: /printers/PRINTER-NAME (Explained in finding printer)
      • Name: Name of the printer
      • Location: Location of the printer
      • Use: Driver for the printer (Explained in finding printer)


      All of the standard printer drives are installed on all Mac’s imaged by IT. Click “Select Printer Software…” and click on the model of printer (from finding printer). If your printer driver isn’t listed here are some links to download them:

    • Note: These links include the most used printers on campus, which includes Kyocera Mita/TASKalfa, Xerox WorkCentres, and most HP printers. For a full list and links to drivers, go to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669 for more info.

      Here is an example of adding the printer eerc-115-copier:

    • Once the information is filled in, hit OK. You will see the following error:

    • This is normal. Hit Continue.

    • Depending on the printer model and possible features supported, you will see a screen with a listing similar to this one. Select all the features that you know your printer supports. If you miss a feature or two, you should be able to print, just without the use of said features. When finished, hit “OK.”
    • Once the printer is added, you will be directed back to the printer queue screen. To print, the PaperCut Client must be running. When PaperCut is running, this window should be shown:


      If prompted by PaperCut to log in after trying to print, enter your Michigan Tech ISO username and password to send the job to the printer.

12b

How do I print from my office, laptop, etc. on a Windows Computer?

Printing outside the labs is configured differently, depending on whether the computer is in a "domain" or standalone. In general, if a user logs in with MTU\username and their ISO password, or with ADMIN\username, they are logging into a computer that is a member of the domain.

  • Domain members are configured automatically by IT. To print from a computer belonging to a domain, simply choose the printer you want to print to when you print. If you would like to print to a printer that is not available to you, please contact User Services and specify the name of your computer and the name of the printer to which you want to print.
  • Standalone computers need to be configured manually. The printing system we use at Michigan Tech is based on the PaperCut printing system. This system allows for features such as Follow-Me printing (with which any user can print to a generic printer but release the job to any of the available lab printers), and release stations. Release stations are helping Michigan Tech save 10% in paper and toner; we estimate the savings in paper to be in the order of 1 million pages a year.

Instructions for installing PaperCut and printers to your computer:

  1. Install the PaperCut client. THE PAPERCUT CLIENT MUST BE RUNNING BEFORE YOU CAN PRINT.
  2. To find information about a printer you want to add, open a web browser and go to http://printing.it.mtu.edu:631 and navigate to "Manage Printers." You can search for a printer by name (or partial name). Once found, it will give you the following information:


    Record the name of the printer and the printer driver for the following step.

  3. Add the printer to your computer.
    • Windows:
    • From the Windows Start menu, select "Devices and Printers."
    • Select "Add a printer."
    • Select "Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer."
    • Select "The printer that I want isn't listed."
    • Select "Select a shared printer by name" and enter the printer path:
      • http://printing.it.mtu.edu:631/printers/husky-color
        or
      • http://printing.it.mtu.edu:631/printers/husky-bw
        and click "Next."
    • When prompted, select the proper printer driver.
    • Click "Next" and "Finish" to finish the Add Printer Wizard.
    • After the printer is added, right-click on the icon and select "Printer Properties." Make sure to set any appropriate device properties (defaul tray, duplex option, etc.).

13a

How do I print in the residence halls from on a Mac?

Printers for husky-res are located in the following areas:

  • Wads Lobby (by the ATM)
  • McNair G001
  • Hillside G03A (by the pool table)
  • DHH 130 (by the drinking fountain)

All residents have been given an allowance of $25 per semester. This allowance can only be used for husky-res printers.

How to add the husky-res printer

  1. Download and install the PaperCut client. THE PAPERCUT CLIENT MUST BE RUNNING BEFORE YOU CAN PRINT.
  2. Add the printer to your computer.
    • Open System Preferences.
    • Click on “Print & Scan."
    • Click on the “+” at the lower left corner and click “Add new printer.”
    • Navigate to the "IP" tab at the top.
    • Information is as follows:
      • Address: printing.it.mtu.edu:631
      • Protocol: Internet Printing Protocol – IPP
      • Queue: /printers/husky-res
      • Name: Name of the printer
      • Location: Location of the printer
      • Use: Driver for the printer (Generic Postscript Driver)
    • Once the information is filled in, hit OK.

    • Select the "Duplex Printing Unit" option to utilize the duplex feature. When finished, hit “OK.”
    • Once the printer is added, you will be directed back to the printer queue screen. To print, the PaperCut Client must be running. When PaperCut is running, this window should be shown:


      If prompted by PaperCut to log in after trying to print, enter your Michigan Tech ISO username and password to send the job to the printer.

13b

How do I print in the residence halls from a Windows Computer?

Printers for husky-res are located in the following areas:

  • Wads Lobby (by the ATM)
  • McNair G001
  • Hillside G03A (by the pool table)
  • DHH 130 (by the drinking fountain)

All residents have been given an allowance of $25 per semester. This allowance can only be used for husky-res printers.

How to add the husky-res printer

  1. Install the PaperCut client. THE PAPERCUT CLIENT MUST BE RUNNING BEFORE YOU CAN PRINT.
  2. Add the printer to your computer.
    1. From the Windows Start menu, select "Devices and Printers."
    2. Select "Add a printer."

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    3. Select "Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer."

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    5. Select "The printer that I want isn't listed."
    6. Select "Select a shared printer by name" and enter the printer path: http://printing.it.mtu.edu:631/printers/husky-res

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      and click "Next."
    7. When prompted for the driver, select "Have Disk."
      Download the Windows Printer Drivers Here

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    8. Browse to the file location and choose HP x64 (Windows 8 or 7) or HP x86(Windows XP) depending on your operating system.
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    9. Select HP Universal Printing PS (v5.6.5) and click "OK."
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14

Do any of the printers have scanning capabilities?

The new color printers have a scan-to-email function available to all students, faculty and staff.

15

Do the printers have advanced features (stapling, multiple sheet size, etc.)?

The color printers are capable of printing letter, legal, and ledger page sizes. Stapling, hole punching, and duplex features are also available.

16

Does Michigan Tech offer poster (plotting) printing?

We offer large format printing (plotting) services and have several large format printers capable of printing on various types of paper finishes. This service involves a small charge to cover material expenses. More information is on the poster printing page.

17

Who refills paper and toner in the computer labs?

Michigan Tech ITSS is responsible for refilling paper and toner in all computer lab printers. Should a printer run out of toner, paper, or suffer from a paper jam, please let User Services know immediately, and we will remedy the situation.

Other units (academic, administrative, auxiliary, etc.) are responsible for funding paper and toner used in non-lab printers. Consumables (paper, toner) are available for departmental procurement through ITSS.

18

Why are some buildings on campus seeing a reduction in the number of printers? How will the printing demand be met?

Printers have been reduced in various buildings as the bulk of “open lab” computer use migrates to the ILC. There will still be many printers around campus and at least one large capacity husky-color printer in each building, as well as multiple husky-bw printing stations. As the open labs become wireless lounges and collaboration spaces, printing demand will shift as well based on which areas see the most usage. This is and will remain somewhat dynamic, and IT will continue to adapt to the changing needs as these spaces evolve. Our goal is to have enough printers to keep waiting lines to a minimum. This year, husky-bw printers have been added in the residence halls so students have the option of printing there.

19

What if I have a printing problem (quality, paper jam, etc.)?

Contact IT Help with all printing problems at it-help@mtu.edu or call 487-1111.

20

Do I need a new driver to print from my laptop to the new Xerox printers on campus?

The drivers for the new Husky-BW/Color Xerox machines are located in the right sidebar under "Software Downloads." Detailed Instructions for installing the driver are on the Printing Updates page.

HuskyPrint Stations on Campus

BuildingLocationColorB&W
AOB G004
Chemsci 100
Chemsci 717  
Dillman 101  
Dillman 209
Dow 7N
EERC 318  
EERC 723  
EERC Lobby
Fisher 232
Fisher 331  
Forestry 144
Library 100B  
Library 200A
Library 300A
Library G01A  
M&M U203
MEEM 122
MEEM 707  
Meese 100  
Rekhi 113A
SDC 200  
Walker 130