The research focuses on the realization of a tactile map with the 3D printing technology, commissioned by the Museum of Electrical Technology (MTE) of the University of Pavia (Italy). It represents a pilot project which allowed the in-depth study of the application of this innovative manufacturing technology in the specific field of devices not only for people with blindness or low vision but for an inclusive design, able to make easy the comprehention of the space in which the user is going to move. The tactile map represents the museum plan with all the information about its structure and its exhibition path. The map is the result of a research process made by several steps and partial tests, aimed at setting the best 3D printing profiles to meet all the requirements of the users, from the museum staff to all the visitors, regardless of their capabilities. After a detailed introduction framing in general the issues of accessibility and inclusion of the cultural heritage, underlining its essential role of the so called “social sustainability”, and after a punctual explanation of tactile devices and examples of good practices for inclusive museums, also reporting the experiences of steel tactile maps relized for Palazzo Centrale of the University of Pavia, the paper describes each step of the research, which led to the definition of the tactile map for the Museum of Electrical Technology, underlining the iterative process, explaining the specific choiches of the team and also reporting the possible future developments of the 3D printing technology applied to tactile devices.

Innovation for inclusion: the 3D printing technology to enjoy the cultural heritage

Greco A.;Giacometti V.;Auricchio F.;Alaimo G.;Marconi S.;Mauri V.
2020

Abstract

The research focuses on the realization of a tactile map with the 3D printing technology, commissioned by the Museum of Electrical Technology (MTE) of the University of Pavia (Italy). It represents a pilot project which allowed the in-depth study of the application of this innovative manufacturing technology in the specific field of devices not only for people with blindness or low vision but for an inclusive design, able to make easy the comprehention of the space in which the user is going to move. The tactile map represents the museum plan with all the information about its structure and its exhibition path. The map is the result of a research process made by several steps and partial tests, aimed at setting the best 3D printing profiles to meet all the requirements of the users, from the museum staff to all the visitors, regardless of their capabilities. After a detailed introduction framing in general the issues of accessibility and inclusion of the cultural heritage, underlining its essential role of the so called “social sustainability”, and after a punctual explanation of tactile devices and examples of good practices for inclusive museums, also reporting the experiences of steel tactile maps relized for Palazzo Centrale of the University of Pavia, the paper describes each step of the research, which led to the definition of the tactile map for the Museum of Electrical Technology, underlining the iterative process, explaining the specific choiches of the team and also reporting the possible future developments of the 3D printing technology applied to tactile devices.
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