Image: 3D printed models can facilitate independent travel by familiarising visually impaired travellers with their local environment. Source: Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
Original Published Date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018

A new project funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme aims to investigate the possible benefits of 3D printing for production of accessible materials for vision-impaired people . 

Professor Kimbal Marriott from Monash University will lead a team that is collaborating with several organisations, including the Department of Education and Training, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Guide Dogs Victoria, and The Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia, to clarify which kinds of graphics are best suited for 3D printing. 

By building capacity for the production and use of 3D prints, this project aims to significantly enhance the lives of people with severe vision impairment by providing better access to the graphics used in education, and in orientation and mobility training.

Image: 3D printed models can facilitate independent travel by familiarising visually impaired travellers with their local environment.
Source: Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

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Image: 3D printed models can facilitate independent travel by familiarising visually impaired travellers with their local environment.
Source: Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0