3d printing for the visually impaired

Blind Parents “See” Baby’s Face with 3D Printed Ultrasound Models

People who are blind use their hands to see what their eyes cannot, and 3D printing has been very helpful in creating more tactile opportunities and experiences for the visually…

3D Printed Plastic Geoboards Teach Visually Impaired Students about Geometry

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that relates to angles, geometric shapes, lines and line segments, and rays, and you use geometry concepts to measure lengths and areas of 2D…

See3D Uses 3D Printing to Connect Visually Impaired and Fully Sighted People

When Caroline Karbowski was a child, she decided that she wanted to learn Braille so that she could read in the car without getting carsick. She quickly found that it…

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…

Print My Part Uses 3D Printing to Help Premature Babies Develop Vision

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year. Of these babies, one in 20 is likely to be born blind or with…

Students Help Students with 3D Printed Glasses Project

If you have poor eyesight, you know how difficult it can be to try to function without glasses or contacts. I alternate between both – I started wearing glasses way…

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…

3D Printing Brings Modena Cathedral to Fingertips of Visually Impaired

3D printing has proved time and again to be an excellent resource for sharing visual material with people who cannot see it. Printing 3D versions of paintings, providing sculptural versions…

Digitization and 3D Printing Replicate Fragile Braille Globe

Richard Frank Tunley made blinds for a living – but as he told his family, he lived for the blind. The Queensland man dedicated his life to working with and…

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…

When One Thing Leads to Another: 3D Printing the Unexpected

One of the things that often surprises an organization that gets its first 3D printer is the unexpected uses that seem to pop out of the woodwork once it arrives….

3D Printing to Learn: Winners Announced for Envision the Future Design Challenge

After the stunning success of the Within Reach 3D Design Challenge brought about impressive winning designs in 2016, e-NABLE, MatterHackers, and Pinshape wanted to keep going, and see what would happen with…

Brazilian Obstetrician 3D Prints Ultrasound Models for Visually Impaired Parents-to-Be

Considering the wide range of items we can 3D print today, why not babies too? That’s certainly an attention-getting endeavor, and one that would probably have many different individuals and…

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About 3D Printing

If you’ve spent a long time working with 3D printing, whether at a hobbyist or professional level, you may tend to forget that there are still many people who don’t…

3D Printed Models Aid in Sex Education for Visually Impaired Students

My sixth-grader just went through a round of sex education at his middle school. The first thing I learned from him is that he had no idea that I knew…

The Belvedere Museum Presents ‘The Kiss’ in 3D Print

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is one of the most popular works of art in the Western world. The original painting, created at the beginning of the 20th century, was executed as…

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…

Blind Girlfriend Wants to See Childhood Photos of Her Love—Zortrax Makes 3D Printed Sculpture

We’ve all considered, in a time of empathy or passing curiosity, what it is like to be blind. Most of us worry about how we would get dressed, eat, and…

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…

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 Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with disabilities. My favorite stories are the…

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…

3D Printed Tactile Books Allow Visually Impaired Children to Experience Stories

Braille has been around since 1824, when blind Frenchman Louis Braille invented the system of raised dots that would allow blind people to read with their fingertips. In the beginning, writing…

Editor’s Choice: 15 of the Coolest 3D Printing Stories of 2015

2015 has been quite a year. Personally, I’ve loved it; I got married, bought a house, hit a milestone birthday, and became editor-in-chief of this great site. I’m almost sad…