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A project log for 3D Prints for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Visually impaired students can make great use of 3D prints to learn just about any subject, but their teachers need help making good models.

Joan HorvathJoan Horvath 10/21/2016 at 03:260 Comments

It t has been a busy couple of weeks! We were excited to hear that this project has made it into the final round of the Hackaday Prize. It has been great to build this community of people who take the time to follow this project.

Another good thing that has happened is that we've been hearing about groups developing 3D printable models for the visually impaired elsewhere, and we are in the process of tracking these groups down and seeing if they would like to join forces in some way. (Any other suggestions for collaboration are welcome- feel free to send us notes in the comments or send a private message.)

We took an assortment of our models to a Hackaday meetup in Pasadena in a bar a few days ago, where it became something of a magic trick to remind everyone of their middle and high school geometry. (Rest assured that we just used water to prove that the models were all the same volume- no stronger beverages were harmed in testing this project!)

Our big issue now is that we have enthusiasm on the part of teachers of the visually impaired, but we still need people to take on creating the models. We suspect that the main issue is that it's not yet the "project time of year" in schools, and we may get upticks as CAD classes get to the point where students can take on a project. If you know civic groups, hackerspaces or teachers who might love this project, please pass it on!

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