Using 3D Printing to Improve Access to Graphics

3D printed tower of blocks in decreasing sizeIn a 3 year ARC Linkage project that began in October 2018, our team at Monash University is working with the vision impaired community to investigate the use of 3D printing for accessibility. Our partners are the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc. (including South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment), Department of Education and Training Victoria (including the Statewide Vision Resource Centre), Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), Guide Dogs Victoria and The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).

Key areas for investigation:

  • 3D prints to support tactile literacy development
  • 3D printed maps to support orientation & mobility
  • 3D prints for teaching STEM
  • 3D prints for teaching place and geography
  • Adding interactive labels to 3D models
  • Guidelines for the use of 3D printing for accessibility

Key staff:

  • Prof Kim Marriott, Monash University – Chief Investigator
  • Dr Matthew Butler, Monash University – Chief Investigator
  • Sonali Marathe, RIDBC – Partner Investigator
  • Deb Lewis, SVRC – Partner Investigator
  • Leona Holloway, Monash University – Research Assistant

Please contact leona.holloway@monash.edu for further information.