By Amy Ratelle on Jan 28th, 2015
Researchers at the Faculty of Information are experimenting with 3D design and printing to create interactive museum artifacts for non-sighted visitors. Making 2D photographs "come alive" through a process of computer-based design and scuplting techniques that render digital 3D models optimized for 3D printing, PhD student Gabby Resch, who works with Associate Professor Matt Ratto at the Critical Making Lab, has created a handful of tactile 3D-printed objects that are featured prominently in the Royal Ontario Museum's current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. With the assistance of a MITACS research fellowship from Autodesk Research Canada, Resch, whose research explores techniques and practices that cut across material and digital boundaries in museum interaction, is working with a handful of local museums to create touchable models and interactive pieces that can be included in museum teaching collections, accessibility-focused engagements, and broader exhibits.
The ROM exhibition runs until March 22.