At the University of Colorado are carrying out a project to expand the limits of 3D printing more. The project Tactile Picture Books you want to use this technology to develop relief books so that children with vision problems can read and enjoy every detail regardless of your disability.
The idea is to make copies of classic titles of Anglo-Saxon literature and play them in 3D with these printers. Both objects of the illustrations and the text, Braille, they will be raised so passing the finger can feel all the details. At the end of this year will be delivered the first units to a Boston Foundation.
Stories coming out of the paper
The idea is good and has good intentions. In fact if you take a look at this project’s website you can see more background work you are doing to make tactile books. Give volume to specific objects to transmit the forms to the touch and also certain textures.
However, generated me some doubts about the viability of the project. Is it a good choice to use 3D printing for this? The plastic used in the 3D printers is fragile and something must be done about meshes thick to give you a bit of robustness. On the other hand have everything to do with the expenses would there really is a large enough difference in price between this type of production and which are made on paper?
A couple of years in Dijon a booksellers ‘ Association tried something similar but more analogue and craft: making tactile books for blind children using fabrics and creating objects by hand into the leaves of the book.