New study combines lithophane and 3D printing to enable individuals to ‘see’ data regardless of level of eyesight

3D-printed lithophanes can help optically impaired scientists “see” data, such as from protein separation gels, with their fingertips. Credit: Elizabeth Shaw

A research team led by Baylor University chemists has taken a groundbreaking step forward in eliminating the exclusion of individuals with blindness from chemistry education and experiences. In an article published today in Science Advances, the researchers detail how they used lithophane—an old-fashioned art form—and 3D printing to turn scientific data into tactile graphics that glow with video-like resolution, enabling universal visualization of the same piece of data by both blind and sighted individuals.

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