This is a quick post to spread the news about an initiative started by Matt Jadud, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working on a few projects, to raise funds for the purchase of a 3D printer to support blind students in the classroom.

On their Kickstarter Page, Matt writes:

Last year, I had the privilege of working with two students on a software project titled Operation Stick Figure Army. OSFA translates 2D images into 3D prints. Their software, which is free and open, was designed to support blind students in the classroom. You may not have ever realized that every time a teacher doodles a picture on the board, that is ideally translated into something that a blind student can then interact with in a tactile manner. Commercial printers that are able to do this cost thousands of dollars and are closed solutions that are often difficult to work with. Next semester, along with 20 amazing first-year students enrolled in Making the Future at Allegheny College, we're going to work on turning OSFA into a 3D printing service that we can freely offer year-after-year to students and educators alike. Our Kickstarter campaign will support the purchase of a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic, a next generation, open source 3D printer, which is a critical component in this endeavor.

Knowing Matt, I know that his enthusiasm coupled with 20 students working on this project will result in something awesome and I applaud him for choosing to focus his efforts on such a worthy cause.

You can find more information about the project and pledge your support here.

And here’s Matt himself explaining what this project is about: