3D Printing for Science Centers

What if the blind could “see” art, photography and the visual aspects of STEM when they visit your science center. What impact would that have on their lives?

3DPhotoWorks, with support from the National Federation of the Blind, announces a 3D printing process that allows blind people to “see” fine art, diagrams, and other images. Using their fingertips, the blind experience the prints through tactile feedback. This feedback creates a mental picture that allows them to “see” the art, often for the first time.

Embedded sensors provide “audio theatre” to enhance the experience for the blind.

To further enhance the experience, sensors are embedded throughout the art that when touched, activate “audio theatre” that describes what is transpiring in the art at that exact coordinate.

World’s Greatest Art in 3D

3D Tactile Fine Art Prints have length, width, depth, and texture and are available in sizes up to 60″ x 120″.

This technology opens up new avenues for exploration and understanding and has the potential to allow greater participation by the blind in a wide variety of fields, especially the visual arts and STEM subjects.

Blind and Sight Impaired “see” art for the first time.

To effectively serve the worldwide blind and sight impaired community requires a broad network of museums, science centers and institutions willing to commit to this global project.

To assist in funding, 3DPhotoWorks and its partners have developed a “matching funds” program.

To learn more, please give us a call. (518) 392-8161

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As a blind father with both blind and sighted children, it thrills me that my family will be able to explore and appreciate great works of art, photographs, and other images together. -Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind






“The brain is able to use tactile information coming from the fingertips as if it were coming from the eyes. That’s because we don’t see with our eyes or hear with our ears, these are just the receptors, seeing and hearing in fact goes on in the brain.” – Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, M.D., Neuroscientist