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Three-Dimensional Model Fabricated by Layered Manufacturing for Visually Handicapped Persons to Trace Heart Shape

  • Kenji Yamazawa
  • Yoshinori Teshima
  • Yasunari Watanabe
  • Yuji Ikegami
  • Mamoru Fujiyoshi
  • Susumu Oouchi
  • Takeshi Kaneko
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)

Abstract

In this study, we fabricated three-dimensional models of the human heart by stereolithography and powder-layered manufacturing; using these models, visually handicapped persons could trace the shape of a heart by touching. Further, we assessed the level of understanding of the visually handicapped persons about the external structure of the heart and the position of blood vessels. Experimental results suggest that the heart shape models developed in this study by layered manufacturing were useful for teaching anatomy to visually handicapped persons.

Keywords

three-dimensional model layered manufacturing visually handicapped persons heart shape 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Yamazawa
    • 1
  • Yoshinori Teshima
    • 2
  • Yasunari Watanabe
    • 2
  • Yuji Ikegami
    • 1
  • Mamoru Fujiyoshi
    • 3
  • Susumu Oouchi
    • 4
  • Takeshi Kaneko
    • 4
  1. 1.Advanced Manufacturing TeamRIKEN Advanced Science InstituteWakoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Science and EngineeringChiba Institute of TechnologyNarashinoJapan
  3. 3.National Center for University Entrance ExaminationsMeguroJapan
  4. 4.National Institute of Special Needs EducationYokosukaJapan

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