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Touch Mapper: 3D Printed Tactile Maps Allow the Visually Impaired to Orient Themselves in Any Location

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s coincidence or the start of a trend, but in 3D printing news, certain topics seem to suddenly be everywhere at once. Lately, stories…

Versoteq Completes Mobile App & Indoor 3D Printed Tactile Maps, Testing TactMap Platform

Last we checked in with Finland’s Versoteq, they were completing an innovative mapping project–and one of the first of its kind. In the business of making tactile maps, the Espoo-based…

3D Printed Maps Help Visually Impaired Texas A&M Students Get Around Campus

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer is a senior economics major at Texas A&M University. She is also blind, and working on a project to help other blind and visually impaired students orient themselves…

Back Tactile Vision Graphics’ Campaign on Indiegogo Now to Further Accessibility for All with First Braille-Friendly 3D Printer

It would certainly be great if we could all follow that ‘how to start a new business’ rule book and begin with that luxuriously and ever-so-perfect formula, possessing a plump bankroll…

Rutgers Engineers 3D Print Tablet-Sized Campus Maps for Joseph Kohn Training Center Students

There are many organizations, individuals, and family members who are engaged in helping those with physical challenges on a daily basis, making an incredibly positive impact and offering the most…

3D Printed “Linespace” Allows Visually Impaired People to Read and Interact with Maps, Diagrams and More

The woman stands at a drafting table, her hands resting lightly on the surface. “Berlin center,” she says clearly. A voice responds, “Drawing central Berlin,” and a 3D print head…

Students Create 3D Printed Tactile Map of Campus for Visually Impaired

While 3D printing has most definitely blasted open a new world for designers and hobbyists, specific areas like cartography have received a real boon in progress. Because a map is…

Espoo, Finland: Versoteq Installs 3D Printed, Full Color Mall Maps

Finland may be a small country, but it has a big reputation as an awesome and widely coveted place to live—and that’s not just because it boasts the most heavy metal bands…

3D Maps Created by IDeA Center Use Multi-Sensory Installations to Delight and Direct Everyone

Baby, we’ve come a long way, for sure, but what about when we reach our destination? It helps me enormously to have ‘all systems go’ when I’m on the move…

Posterity is Priceless in 3D: Cartographer in India 3D Prints His City Using Google Maps

There is some exciting news for all savvy cartographers who would like to get more tactile with their work. A mapping app has been designed for those who want to…

Japan Prepares to Make 3D Printed Topographic Maps Available for the Blind

3D printing has made navigating a world of vague light forms or, oftentimes, complete darkness more manageable. 3D printed Braille books, some of which include raised imagery as with story…

Study Compares 3D Printed Braille to Traditional Methods

3D printing lends itself well to aiding the visually impaired. It has been used numerous times to create tactile maps, learning tools, tactile art, and other aids. The technology makes…

3D Printed Braille Puzzle Helps the Visually Impaired to Learn Words

Learning to read Braille increases the likelihood of a visually impaired person’s finding employment or pursuing higher education by more than three times. Unfortunately, many resources for learning Braille are…

IN UTERO 3D Provides 3D Printed Ultrasounds to Visually Impaired Expectant Parents

One of the most memorable moments in the lives of expectant parents comes when they first see the image of their baby on the ultrasound screen. It’s the moment, for…

South Africa: A 3D Printing Campaign for Blind Children

For visually impaired people educational resources don’t come by easy. Learning to read braille is essential but costly and not always effective (it may take up to three times as…

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