This 3D Printed Book Project Helps Young Blind Kids Read Earlier

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 11, 2015
References: tactilepicturebooks.org & psfk
The Tactile Picture Books Project created 3D printed books for children with visual impairment. The picture books allow visually impaired kids to follow along with images they can feel. The result of a collaboration with the Anchor Center, the project includes famed titled such as 'Goodnight Moon,' 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' and 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?'

Since most children don't start learning braille until 6 years of age, a 3D printed book lets them enjoy reading at an earlier age. Colorado University researchers hope the ability to take pictures of books and 3D print them immediately will be available to parents and educators soon.

3D printing has no shortage of applications, both in book publishing and in children's health.