Tactile Book (Have You Seen Her?)




Introduction: Tactile Book (Have You Seen Her?)

The Tactile Picture Book Project is making tactile books for the visually impaired because most people do not have access to these kinds of books; if they do, they are expensive. We are testing if 3D printers can help us cut the cost and help distribute books more effectively. This is MY tactile book inspired by an already existing children's picture book called "Little Owl Lost" by Chris Haughton. This book was created as a part of the Tactile Picture Book Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information go to http://www.tactilepicturebooks.org/

Step 1: Gather Materials

Materials may include:

  • 3D printer
  • Cardboard
  • Laser cutter
  • Chalk paint
  • 3Doodler pen
  • Pompoms
  • Fake grass
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot glue
  • Velcro
  • Thermal Expansion Machine

Step 2: Plan the Book Out

Before putting the book together, measure! Decide how big of a book is needed to fit all of the pieces that are being planed to be placed onto the pages (if sizing them). My pages were 9"x6", with the exception of one 4.5"x6" page. The 4.5"x6" piece is for a small flap the works as a cover up for the hot glue dots that will lead the reader to where my baby owl will move to throughout the book. I added this feature because I wanted to add the element of a moveable piece so that visually impaired readers not only get to feel the pages but they also get a better understanding of how the book moves along with the owl and its not just the same scenery on every page.

Step 3: Acquire Your 3D Printer and Print Files

The tree stump and the owls were originally from Thingiverse.

Tree: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:444267

Owl: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:613160

All three models were scaled down and cut in half to fit my pages. Files above are correct files for my book not original files.

Step 4: Acquire Laser Cutter, Cut.

After laser cutting this out on cardboard, glue pieces together. Optional: paint with black chalk paint to add texture. The second file is for the four middle pieces of the book so that the baby owl in the previous files can be used as an interactive tool for the reader of this book. Thats also another reason as to why hot glue was on the materials list because making dots of hot glue to guide the reader to the "stationary" location for the owl. Note: Owl hole is 1 inch too small, sorry. Either fix / make new file or just X-acto cut hole big enough for the baby owl to fit through. The owl is removable because of the velcro that you should attach to its flat side and to the back of its stationary location. The second file also contains a cut out for the big 3D printed half stump because if this hole was not there the book would be unnecessarily big in terms of thickness.

Step 5: Get Your Thermal Expanision Machine

Use this file to print it onto the special paper for the sweller and then run it through at heat 8

Step 6: Glue It

Glue it all on. Anywhere.

Step 7: Just Kidding, There Is an Order.

Pages 1-6 IN order.

Step 8: The Story Behind the Pictures

Bump... Bump... Bump...

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“Are you okay?” asked Bear.

“I’m lost,

“where’s my mommy?”

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” said the Little Owl.

“Don’t worry little friend. I’ll Find

your mommy. What does she look


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“My mommy is VERY BIG.”

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“Is this your mommy?”

“No! No!” said Little Owl. That’s not

my mommy. My mommy has


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“Is this your mommy?”

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“No, that's not

my mommy either.”

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“Wait a minute” said Bear. “I know

your mommy... Is this her?

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⠨⠦⠠⠊ ⠐⠅ ⠽⠗ ⠍⠕⠍⠍⠽... ⠠⠊⠎ ⠹


“Yes! Yes!”

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“Thank you Bear! Come over for

some cookies!” said Mommy Owl.

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    This is a great idea. The pictures really are a huge part of story books for little kids.