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Virtual sculpting and 3D printing for young people with disabilities.

McLoughlin, L., Fryazinov, O., Moseley, M., Sanchez, M., Adzhiev, V., Comninos, P. and Pasko, A., 2016. Virtual sculpting and 3D printing for young people with disabilities. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 36 (1), 22-28.

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SHIVA_CGA_final.pdf - Accepted Version


DOI: 10.1109/MCG.2016.1


In this paper, we present the SHIVA project which was designed to provide virtual sculpting tools for young people with complex disabilities, to allow them to engage with artistic and creative activities that they might otherwise never be able to access. Modern 3D printing then allows us to physically build their creations. To achieve this, we combined our expertise in education, accessible technology, user interfaces and geometric modelling. We built a generic accessible graphical user interface (GUI) and a suitable geometric modelling system and used these to produce two prototype modelling exercises. These tools were deployed in a school for students with complex disabilities and are now being used for a variety of educational and developmental purposes. In this paper, we present the project's motivations, approach and implementation details together with initial results, including 3D printed objects designed by young people who have disabilties.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22535
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 Sep 2015 10:36
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:53


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