How toMaking Tactile Graphics Into Physical Objects
10 steps
What you’ll need
As needed per participant
Black Wikki Stix
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Laser cutter
1 per student
Acrylic Building board w/ Grid
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Inkscape
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Tablet / Camera on stand
Dark Colored Modeling Clay
This was documented at the Carnegie Science Ctr. during 5th annual Maker Ed Convening in Pittsburgh.
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Create your tactile “drawing” - this was a proto-protractor!
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Photograph the tactile graphic - this was done using tablet and photo stand, but could be hand-held.
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Import image into Inkscape and convert raster to outlines.
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Find breaks and problem spots, and fix them.
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Check for fidelity with tactile graphic.
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Import and calibrate vectors to work with your laser cutter driver - this is Corel Draw for Epilog.
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Load material, set zero in software and hardware.
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Press go! This is sped up 9x.
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The options are awesome. This is a game changer for TVI’s and general educators!
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