We are world leading researchers in 2.5D printing and are at the forefront in identifying new opportunities for physical and tactile surfaces. This includes low relief deposition of pigments and paints, and the development of software to convert images from pixels into lines, and that uses G-code to drive specially constructed painting and drawing machines.
We are exploring how we can ensure our cities are more welcoming, navigable, engaging and informative for people with visual impairments and disabilities, as well as the very young and elderly. Research in this area has potential to convert intangible places and objects (for example, city or museum maps, buildings that are too large to apprehend, or fragile objects in museums that cannot be touched), into tactile pictures and printed objects. 2.5D printed maps will incorporate smart technology and communicate on different levels with the audience.
Featured image is a project by Artist Fellow Cecilia Mandrile.