3D Printed Paintings For The Blind

3D Printed Paintings For The Blind

A new way to make art more accessible for the visually impaired.

Ross Brooks
  • 25 april 2013

A group of students from Harvard have come up with an innovative new way for the visually impaired to experience art along with everyone else. The project is called “Midas Touch” and uses 3D printing to make visual art more accessible.

The basic premise is that 3D printing allows a normal 2D painting to have textures and layers added to it, creating a 3D experience. The result would be a piece of art that includes distinct shapes, textures and transitions – aspects which are much easier for the visually impaired to understand.

Even though these aspects may be easier to understand, there is still the issue of creating something significant for a visually impaired person. The team behind the idea have realised that issues arise when it comes to attaching significance to various aspects of a paint, such as color.


The “Midas Touch” has received a lot of interest, as well as funding but still remains at the concept stage of development, meaning it is yet to be proven if the idea will actually prove itself worthwhile. Collaboration between the visually able and the visually impaired is a crucial step to getting the idea off the ground and more to the point, providing a meaningful experience for it’s target audience.

Harvard Gazette

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