Engineering Student Creates Inexpensive 3D Printed Eye Prosthesis

While some researchers have worked on 3D printed eyes that could reverse blindness and connect to WiFi, the possibility of a 3D printed eye prosthesis that looks real represents a…

Argentina: Students 3D Print Chess Set for Visually Impaired at the Elizalde Institute

Many—whether enthusiasts or not—would say that chess is one of the more difficult board games to master, under any condition. Still, it is an ancient game of challenge and competition…

Envision the Future: Design a 3D Printed Educational Model for the Visually Impaired

Last year, a large team effort was launched by the 3D printing community to help one woman. The Within Reach 3D Design Challenge, led by MatterHackers, e-NABLE, Pinshape and Ultimaker, challenged…

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…

Extra Senses: RepRap Ltd. Project Helps People Extend Their Sense of Touch

Most people agree that humans have five senses, and they’re pretty straightforward – we see what’s in the vicinity of our eyes, we hear what sound vibrations reach our ears,…

Enhanced Reading for Blind in Latvia: Mass Portal Teams with Tactile Eyesight & Students for 3D Printed Books

Many of us have been avid readers since we learned to string letters together and manipulate them into formal language. From sandy paperbacks at the beach to beautifully bound classics…

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…

3D Printed Animotus Is a Handheld Smart Cube That Guides the Visually Impaired through Touch

We’ve followed numerous 3D printed innovations that have been created for the purpose of helping the visually impaired, from navigational-oriented methods to get around campuses, to ways to ‘view’ art exhibits and even…

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