Online Submissions & Appointments

If you would like to request our services, please ensure to upload your file and send it to the DATS lab via email at If you’re scheduling an appointment, please state the equipment you’re requesting to use in the subject of the email.

If using the Laser Cutter, Embroidery Machine, or Digitizer, you must be present until your project is finished.

By adhering to the rules and policies stated below, users can make the most of the DATS Lab’s resources and efficiently complete their projects.

Rules of Submission

  • Laser Cutter & Embroidery Machine: Users must bring their own material for both sampling and the final project to ensure project quality.

    File Type
    • Laser cutter: Illustrator (Ai.)
    • Embroidery: JPEG or TIFF
  • Digital Textile Printer: Only fabrics provided by the lab can be digitally printed due to pre-set treatments that allow ink pigment to adhere into the fabric.

    ** Check the variety and price chart of the fabrics

    File Type: TIF only
  • Plotter Printer: Paper is provided by the lab.

    ** Check the print services price chart

    File Type: Illustrator (Ai.), JPEG, or PDF

Lead Time for Projects

  • The standard lead time for paper prints is typically 1-3 days, fabric prints may take 3-5 days, depending on the lab’s current workload. Lead times for embroidery and laser cutting vary based on the size of your project.
  • To ensure a smooth process, it’s advisable to plan well in advance, especially for final projects as the increased volume of orders can result in longer wait times. We strongly recommend uploading your file at least 1 week prior to the deadline to account for any unexpected situations.
  • Students and faculty should be well-prepared. Please carefully review the final version of your file, checking for typos, layout issues, and the quality of images.

** Note: Re-printing your fabric projects or posters will be charged. We highly recommend opting for a pre-print on matte paper to check your project quality.

Services & Pricing

All services in the DATS Lab are available to all students, faculty, and the public for both academic and personal use.


Monday : 10 am – 7 pm
Tuesday : 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday : 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday : 10 am – 6 pm
Friday : 10 am – 4 pm

Closed for lunch : 12 noon – 1 pm
Closed last week (Finals Week) of the semester
Closed Winter & Summer Break

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Digital Apparel and Textiles Studio

101 MacKay Hall,
2302 Osborn,
Ames, Iowa