Braille Periodic Table

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Braille Periodic Table by knape Mar 8, 2013
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Braille Periodic Table with with the relative height of an element representing its density.



Remix of Tolle's 3D periodic table.

Braille was added in OpenSCAD with Write.scad by HarlanDMii


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OH MY GOSH!!!!! I am so excited to find this! I currently work with a blind student who is studying A-level Chemistry. I cannot tell you how excited I am to find this. The DT department at school may end up locking me out of their room!

I'm glad to hear. Hope it helps him or her!

Going to try printing this. My wife specializes in teaching kids who are visually impaired so this is great. I'll post a pic when it's finished.

Great to hear! Just to warn you, this version isn't optimal. Its a bit too small to feel the Brialle. I will make an updated version soon if you can wait :)

This seems like a good place to continue the conversation. Based on your email message, I'll be posing the question to some of my students about possibilities of making "concepts" in 3d that could be an aid to blind students. This sounds like a potentially excellent use for a classroom 3d printer. I hope you don't mind if I paste some of your comments here, in order for anyone reading this post to lend ideas they might have. The process of designing an object that would inform a person without sight would require great "insight" by the designer -- so both ends of the design process could benefit greatly!

"About ideas... I guess any picture you have in school books of objects which that can not be touched could be useful. Both microscopic and large things like buildings. Because tactile pictures, and specially raised line drawings, are really hard to get something out of and I think 3D objects would be better. And they are now cheap :)"

knape - in reply to Tolle

That sounds great, looking forward to see what they come up with. It's should be a challenge and hopefully very rewarding for them