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From: Ritz, Courtney L. (GSFC-7500)
Date: Feb 28, 2013 9:08AM


Here at NASA, rapid prototyping was used a few years back to create a tactile representation of some of the Martian surface, which I thought was very well done.

A couple weekends back, I got to meet someone who has a 3D printer. He did a digital scan of me, and in about 2 hours the printer had finished creating a great 3D image of me. It's the first time in 30 years that I was able to reall know what I "look" like. That took two hours. I'm not sure how long it would take to make a map though. The possibilities are endless though.

Courtney

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jim Allan
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] 3D printers for braille and maps

The Texas School for the Blind has one on order. I have been chomping at the bit waiting for it. It will produce objects 8x8x16 , a good size for a tactile map. Should be FUN!
Jim
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> Has anyone tried to use the new 3D printers for braille or signage?
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> Or for maps?
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> Can you imagine how cool it would be to print a topographic map in
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