3D printing has revolutionized not only the way that we create art and parts, but it has helped with major advancements in the science and medical fields. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is an institute dedicated to making life easier for people that are affected by sight loss. They’ve recently endorsed a new version of a 3D printing pen called 3Doodler Start that allows users to draw in three dimensional space using heated “bioplastic.” It comes with a charger that charges the pen, and the user can simply unplug it and use it wirelessly. The company started with just a 3D printing pen, but evolved it into something that could be useful to the sight loss community. They made it so that the pen includes tactile buttons that make it easier for people without sight to be able to turn it on and off and to control the temperature settings. RNIB also added an audio support for learners.
This is helpful for people that have lost their sight to be able to draw something and then physically feel what they’ve created. It’s also helpful in education for children and teens to be able to feel what it is that they’re drawing or writing, rather than needing Braille or a teacher or friend to explain to them what it is that’s in front of them. As research continues forward, it’s exciting to see how 3D printing can continue to help people experience things that they might have otherwise not been able to do.
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