Archnet is a design studio technology services group within the College of Built Environments. Archnet provides technology and design studio computing resources, supporting Windows and Mac OS design studio workstations, personal computers, design applications, scanners, printers, and plotters to the CBE community. The Archnet help desk, printers, and plotters are located in Architecture Hall, room G51.

Hours of Operation

Archnet is only accessible with your Husky Card.
Archnet is only available to CBE faculty, staff, and matriculating students in a CBE degree program.
Please see your department administrator if your Husky Card does not work to confirm your eligibility.

Archnet Resources

Each Architecture Hall studio contains at least two Macintosh computers, both of which are set up with BootCamp to run Windows 10 as well as Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Studios also include either a tabloid or letter size scanner. Wireless and hard-wired ethernet connections are available for individuals wishing to connect their own computers. The studios in Architecture Hall 230 and 260 also include laser cutters. Check out the Laser Cutter section of the Fabrication Labs page for more information.

File Storage Policies
Files stored directly on Architecture Hall computers can be deleted at any time. Architecture Hall computers are only for temporary storage of files that are backed up in another location. Back-up files to personal disks, CDs, DVDs, jump drives, your U-drive, cloud storage, or other long-term archive media for safe storage. You are responsible for keeping copies of your work.

Printing + Plotting

For detailed instructions on printing from within specific programs, please review the guides listed below. We recommend that AutoCAD or GIS files be converted into PDF for printing.

Plotting from Acrobat on a Mac
Plotting from Acrobat on a PC
Plotting from InDesign on a Mac
Plotting from InDesign on a PC

Laptop Printing

Personal computers can be set up to print to the Archnet printers and plotters. To do so you will need a current Archnet account, and have access to a local Administrators account on the computer you wish to install the devices on. Instructions for the supported operating systems are linked below.

Windows XP
Windows Vista-10
Mac OS X pre 10.5 (Tiger)
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)-10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)-10.10 (Yosemite)

If you are familiar with the Archnet printer installation process (from having done one of the above installations, for example), and have an Archnet In-Studio Printer in your studio, here are instructions for installing it:

In-Studio Printers – Windows
In-Studio Printers – MacOS (coming soon)

HP Printer Drivers for the Mac can be downloaded from  You may also find useful.

Printer Types and Cost
Queue Name Printer Model Page Size Media Cost per Page
BW Laserjet HP LaserJet 5200 dtn PostScript 8.5″ x 11″ 100 % recycled color copy $0.10
11″ x 17″ 100 % recycled color copy $0.18
Color Laserjet HP Color LaserJet 5550 8.5″ x 11″ 100 % recycled color copy $0.75
11″ x 17″ 100 % recycled color copy $1.50
Plotter Types and Cost
Queue Name Plotter Model Plot Width Media Cost per Plot
MATTE 42 WIDE HP DesignJet T7100ps Max 42″ coated heavyweight matte $14.00
Max 36″ mylar $14.00
GLOSSY 42 WIDE HP DesignJet T1120ps 44″ Max 42″ satin photopaper $14.00
FAST 36 WIDE HP DesignJet T7100ps Max 36″ coated matte $6.00

Payment Options

Payment Options

Our printers and plotters are run from our print server, Archduke. In order to print, you must have an Archnet account. If you are a BE student and you do not have an account set up, please email us at and we will enable an Archnet account associated with your UW NetID so you can print on Archnet devices.

Your Archnet user account has the ability to hold a printing account balance that is debited each time you print to one of our printers or plotters. You can add to this balance by bringing your Husky Card to the Archnet office in Architecture Hall G51 between the hours of 9am and 4pm and transferring money (minimum $10 per transaction) from your Husky Card account to your Archnet account.

You may obtain a refund of any unused money on your Archnet account during finals week or breaks between quarters.