3D Printing Creates Touchable Memories For The Blind

Singapore’s PIRATE3D is hoping to use 3D printed models as a memory aid for blind people, enabling them to feel moments from their past.

In order to advertise its Buccaneer 3D printer, the company created an experiment called Touchable Memories. Developed by creative agency LOLA, the project worked with 5 participants with visual impairments and asked them to talk about a personal memory of something important in their life. The responses ranged from childhood moments to album covers, to a single shot of film made by a now-blind director of photography. PIRATE3D then used software and a 3D printer to render old photographs and artwork in 3D.