How to Model and 3D Print Braille Text




Introduction: How to Model and 3D Print Braille Text

About: 3D printing technologies are changing the world and we want to make them available for anyone and everyone. Our team have developed a brand new way of making customizable gifts and unique 3D printed products...

Thanks to the braille alphabet, the visually impaired can touch and see what they are reading. We at Treatstock wanted to take it one step further and created a website called "TouchSee." With a user-friendly interface, the online service converts text from up to 40 different languages into braille labels that you can use for personal belongings, in schools and offices, or even a special message for your loved ones. Thanks to 3D printing technology, creating the braille labels is quick and easy to do. Just enter your text, and it will turn into a 3D printable file. Then you can have it made for you using Treatstock's global 3D printing network.

Step 1: Select Language

Choose a language. “TouchSee” is available in more than 40 languages and US English is contracted by default.

Step 2: Enter Text

Type a phrase or short message, but be sure not to exceed the length of the label.

Step 3: Create Up to 15 Labels

If you would like to create more than one label, press Enter on your keyboard. You can produce up to 15 labels each time.

Step 4: Get It 3D Printed

If you have your own 3D printer or know someone who does, just press "Download file" when you finish, and you can print the labels for yourself. For those that do not have a 3D printer readily available, you can get your labels 3D printed using Treatstock. Just press the “Get it 3D printed!” button. We want to continue to improve and perfect “TouchSee” and would appreciate any feedback from users out there. If you have any suggestions on how "TouchSee" can be better, please contact us.

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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I own a company that sells Braille balls to the Sign industry, I would like to find a way to print direct on to acrylic substrates. Any ideas if this technology is available. Standard size or largest material area is approx. 12” x 12”.

    Bas van Straaten
    Bas van Straaten

    3 years ago

    Hi guys, awesome idea and website! I'm currently working on a project where we have been tasked with helping visually impaired people understand the 'feeling' of a space through tactile interaction, before they arrive and.... using laser cut or 3D printing technologies.

    For example, using a 3D printed map, how can we convey the feeling of "pleasant", "orderly" or "impersonal" in a space.

    I have a questions for you regarding the braille you've 3D printed: Have you tested it with real visual impaired people how they experienced touching the braille? If I can remember correctly, our client said visually impaired people do not like the feeling of 3D-printed braille, because of the hard edges and profile lines. Any thoughts on this?

    With kind regards,



    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. We are currently working closely with the American Foundation for the Blind for testing and feedback purposes. At the beginning, the prints were coming out quite rough, and the braille dots were causing some discomfort to the readers. However, using feedback from the American Foundation for the Blind, we have refined the print process and are confident that we now have a product that is easy and comfortable to read.

    Your project sounds interesting, and we would love to hear more about it and if there is a way that we can work together to help braille applications in 3D printing grow.