Blinds Can Visualise Art With 3D Printing

In the modern world, 3D Printing is gaining popularity for its wide application and uses in day to day life and helping people in achieving tasks across various levels. Through a chain of process a digital file is being converted into a three dimensional solid object. Some of the companies are trying to bring in a revolution by trying to make use of the 3D printing technology. Thorough this-2D paintings, drawings, photographs or any piece of art can be easily converted into a 3D printed tact file.

3D tactile printing

3Dphotoworks which is a New York based company is putting in every effort to help the blind visualise the world’s greatest art and photography at museum, science centre and cultural institution across the world.

The process was developed in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind and it was inspired by the works of Dr Paul Bach-y-Rita who is a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin –Madison on neuroplasticity.

The findings of the research were that human brain is equipped with the capability of processing tactile information obtained from the touch of fingers which happens in a similar way when one is visualising. In simpler words when a blind person is running his fingers over the 3D printed tactile fine art they tend to develop a mental image of it in the brain which is quite similar with normal sighted people.

To further heighten the whole experience the prints are provided with sensors which when touched provides audio which describes the users about what is being showed.

The co- founder,  John Olson of the company is very enthusiastic in making art and photography available to all in the days to come. The company had taken a period of seven years in developing the 3D printing process and another two years in doing in depth research and analysis on visually impaired people.


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