3D Printing Creates Tangible Memories for the Visually Impaired

Singapore-based 3D printing company Pirate3D aims to bring 3D printing technology into the mainstream by developing affordable machines that can be available to everyone. The company recently developed an innovative way to put this type of contemporary printing to good use.

Pirate3D collaborated with creative agency LOLA to develop a social experiment, called Touchable Memories, in which they help visually impaired people experience images in tangible form. Presented in the documentary below, the project tells the story of five individuals from various parts of the world–Gabor, Mario, Meritxell, Yassine and Daniela–who have particular life memories that have started to fade away.

The team utilized Pirate3D's Buccaneer technology to reproduce photographs as three dimensional objects. The short documentary, created by Brazilian filmmaker Marco Aslan, reveals the touching moments when each individual is handed a reproduced photograph and viewers are invited to reconsider the meaning of how we “see” and recollect memories.

pirate3D website
via [Designboom]

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