3d printing

Gif of a model toilet. It's 3D printed and grey. In the gif, the toilet lid opens and closes

I made a 3D model toilet.

Maybe I’ll write more about it when I get around to editing the pictures, because it was actually quite a cool project. I made the 3D Model, Photos and GIF – I didn’t print it myself.

And it’s very functional ;)

Tactile Test Prints

3 Pages swell paper with maths graphics and formulas on a black background.

The first few pages.

Not much to add to the previous posts, but we have a bunch of actual pages for the braille project ready, and we got some of them printed for testing.

Pages of a tactile maths book, chapter polynomial functions

Close up of the polynomials maths page.

It’s still hard to get the puffed up parts to show. I had to turn the contrast up a bit, but I hope it’s clear.

Some of the pages have been printed in all black on accident – which is the usual mode for tactile pages. While it was a bit annoying at first, it made us aware that we need to be very clear about communicating the intention of the red text, and add printing instructions accordingly.

Close up of a page of swell paper, showing graphs with several different textures

Viele Schraffuren.

Stage 2: Experiments

Now that I understand how microcapsule paper works, it’s time to get a bit nerdy with material science.

Most blind students in Austria attend regular schools, so they will have sighted people around them. This is why we decided to try and make the materials work better for this integrative approach by including the text in schwarzschrift (literally black print, I don’t think this term exists in English so I’ll stick to the German) too. Schwarzschrift here, for us, is red though. There’s technical reasons for that, but maybe I need to explain how swell paper works first.

Pages of swell paper with test lines in different line styles and red writing in different shades that has stayed flat in the swelling process

Testing different shades of red by applying different heat settings.

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Nicht weinen? (Über verschütteter Milch)

Mein Schreibtisch steht vor einem Sonnenfenster das auf eine verkehrs-beruhigte Straße mit Supermarkt schaut. Menschen fahren andauernd mit vollgeräumten Einkaufswagen durch meine Straße. Faszinierend, was da alles unter Achzen und Knarren mit den „ausgeliehenen“ Supermarkteinkaufswagen durch die Gegend geschoben wird.

Öfter fallen die dann beim Transport auch um. Weil es in der Straße zwecks Verkehrsberuhigung zu viele Randsteine gibt um dort einfach so gemütlich entlangzufahren. Der Supermarkt da vor dem Fenster ist besser als Fernsehen.

How to read Braille

Pages of swell paper with different surface patters consisting of dots, lines and crosses

A number of pages with different surface patterns and intersections of lines and patterns

My new design project is interesting. It mostly consists of maths and programming, combined with social research. After that, finally, some layouting and typesetting – but the final product will not necessarily look pretty. That’s alright though, since it’s not made to be looked at: We are working on teaching materials for blind and visually impaired students. More specifically, a graphics catalogue to be used in high school maths education.
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Saharasand

Ist das nicht unglaublich? Vor 2 Wochen gabs meterhoch Schnee und gestern saß ich kurz vor Mitternacht ohne Pullover draußen, weil es gerade so warm ist.

Und manchmal staubt der Saharasand von allen Autowindschutzscheiben, einfach so.

Ist es nicht unglaublich, wie sehr Alles über die ganze Welt verteilt miteinander verwoben ist? Nur meistens ist es nicht ganz so offensichtlich wie Saharasand der auf Wiener Parkplätzen von den Autos rieselt.


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