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The 3D Printable Braille Typeface Project

by aaskedall Apr 15, 2018
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Is there a way to make the bumps larger? I printed the full alphabet w/ numbers at 100% scale and the bumps aren't as visible as I would like, and some didn't come out at all. I am about to print at 185% scale since that is the largest my printer can go but the bumps still don't look very large. I am not using this for a blind person, I am using to teach myself the basic alphabet which is why the bumps need to be visible/larger.


Would you consider creating a version of this with each letter at the origin? I'm attempting to use these in a programmatic manner in OpenSCAD and the fact that I have to compensate for each having a different origin is making it difficult.


This is GREAT!! Thanks for making these and sharing them in such a public forum :) <3
As Bikecyclist mentioned, HOPEFULLY (common sense) easily engineered things such as this can (quickly) create a future in which such a disconnect exists between the accessible vs. non-accessible, or not not so easily accessible aspects within our society :) I TRULY believe it is the more able members of society whom have a greater responsibility to the lesser abled, to correct the "divergent" aspects of our society, both safely, & efficiently, rather than the differently abled members of society having to so strongly & vehemently having to fight so (ridiculously) hard to advocate for, & enable themselves. The changes, & foresight that is required are far to often needing change due to poor insight prior to building or creating something, & are (more often than not), such "easy," common sense applications. Elements like signs & notices with letters such a these, seem to me, such an integral application of something that is already needed, & that can be (should be), very easily integrated & applied...both during a potential upgrade or renovation, or building process. Too often, the "disabled" vs. the "ableist" dichotomy that currently exists (almost everywhere), just shouldn't be an issue, & practicality and actual application of creating an equal opportunity for accessibility should never come down to money & a generalized "lack of convenience" or lack of practicality for those whom have an ability to make the world a better place. We need to start seeing the many different needs of the many within our society, as an enhancement...& then properly amalgamate elements such as these letters, in to our lives. Applications such as this need to be EVERYWHERE possible (& practical...no need to put them on a stop sign, for example); we cannot afford to "just" wait & apply a resource only once it is requested a large number of times. Engineering such as this, will HOPEFULLY be applied to many, many areas within our society, in user friendly & easily accessible methods PRIOR to requestshaving to be made, and (often), lengthy periods prior to implementation, could be avoided. In my experience,
It would certainly allow a greater number of people to have autonomy & indepenence. SIMPLE things like this could help make life so much more accessible, pleasant, & so much less difficult for so many people within our society. Having a set "standard" placement / application, would also help immensely; allowing members of the public to easily & reliably locate the elements of their life that allow them to function more freely & even more quickly & efficiently, as well (& who doesn't want that?!?). The ableists & "gatekeepers" within our society are well over due, in picking up the slack, & in correcting & preventing the mistakes that generations before us, didn't have the ability, or foresight, to include or create within ALL of our "public" spaces.
(& I apologize for any grammatical errors / spelling mistakes...my keyboard or phone (perhaps both?), is acting up, and trying to create its own "new" set of rules for functionality, & is changing things, often times, after I hit "submit" or "send")

So, yes, thank you for making this (simple & effective) method of communication, available to all on a forum such as this one!

Thank you for the incredibly thoughtful thread and I agree 100% with what you are saying. :)

This is a neat idea. I'm wondering if anyone's had experience with someone actually hand-reading the braille from this?

Nice work, thanks for creating these. I just finished printing a set at 350% for my wife who teaches braille, and we noticed that the individual 'Q' and 'U' files are each missing a bump, even though they are correct in the full plate file.

  1. That's great!
  2. I'll fix asap!

Hola, tiene para identificar si la pieza esta al revés?

Hola, gran trabajo, pero necesito la Ñ

Added the Ñ. Gracias.

This, is beautiful. Thank you for developing this.

Thank you so much for sharing!

great work! congrats

Great job. I always think of doing something useful to people with special needs. You did it

While I love this for its inspirational and awareness-building qualities, is there actually a way in which this could improve everyday accessibility issues?

I was thinking about divergent signage just yesterday when I noticed that on the train I was riding, there was a lot more information conveyed via visual than via tactile signage. Clearly, a dual-purpose visual/tactile font would appear like an ideal way to eliminate that divergence ... if co-location of visual and tactile signage wouldn't create accessibility problems of its own.

I think just extruding a lot of signage so someone could make a mental model combined with 3d type.

Sounds like you might be a fan of Don Norman too? I thought his "Design of Everyday Things" was quite the revelation, putting a lot of concepts (like the mental model) into place for me. A bit like the solution to a complex puzzle of which I only knew a few pieces :-)

Oh yes, an amazing book :)

Awesome and beautiful idea. Did you use it? Why did you create it?

I saw some wonderful typefaces like this out there and thought it would be such a natural fit for 3d printing.

didn't know this existed until it was featured

Amigo, algunas letras necesitan reparación. Las pasé por Netfabb y se resolvió. Saludos

Thanks for the catch! fixed them all sir.

Excelente trabajo!

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Thanks for checking it out :)