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3D-printing company creates Touchable Yacebooks for blind students

3D Tek brings Facebook to life for visually impaired students.


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Posted on Dec 16, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 11:30 pm CDT

Nothing speaks to the power of the yearbook so much as Facebook, a living, constantly-updating yearbook born out of students’ desire to stay connected to their friends after graduation.

And as Facebook knew from the start, you can forget all the “most likely” superlatives, the yearbook’s nothing without the faces. 3D TEK and Touchable Yearbook agree, and they’re taking the all important face in the book one step further — they’re making it 3D.


No, those aren’t the disembodied, embalmed heads of high school students. They’re “3D printed statues of … classmates’ faces, accompanied by Braille nametags” so the visually impaired students at the Seoul National School for the Blind can enjoy a time capsule of their high school experience even without the benefit of sight. 



“Amidst excited chatter and laughter of true delight and awe, the students are able to read the names and then run their hands over the finely detailed faces, as well as examining the accuracies of the products by feeling their own faces and those of their friends, and then comparing them with the 3D-printed products,” according to 3d Print

Who doesn’t love a yearbook?


 So far, it’s unclear if every student took home their own full set of 3D-printed heads. But as 3D printing technology continues to develop in miraculous ways, that’s certainly not impossible. If doctors can 3D-print an infant’s heart, 3D Tek can print a whole lot of kids’ heads. 


 Just another reason why 3D printing is the future.

Screengrab via 3d Tek/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 16, 2014, 2:50 pm CST