How 3D-Printed Maps Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired


Engineers and designers are just starting to explore the potential of 3D-printed maps for the visually impaired.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.