SHIVA: Virtual sculpting and 3D printing for disabled children

Leigh McLoughlin, Oleg Fryazinov, Mark Moseley, Mathieu Sanchez, Valery Adzhiev, Peter Comninos, Alexander Pasko

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Abstract

In this paper we present the SHIVA project which was designed to provide virtual sculpting tools for children with complex disabilities, to allow them to engage with artistic and creative activities that they might otherwise never be able to access. Modern 3D printing then allows us to physically build their creations. To achieve this, we combined our expertise in education, accessible technology, user interfaces and geometric modelling. We built a generic accessible graphical user interface (GUI), a suitable geometric modelling system and used these to produce two prototype modelling systems. These tools were deployed in a school for students with disabilities and are being used for a variety of educational purposes. In this paper, we present the project's motivations, approach and implementation details together with initial results, including 3D printed objects designed by children with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
EditorsHiroaki Ogata, Lara Lomicka-Anderson, Ching-Sing Chai, Regine Hampel, Yusuke Hayashi, Julita Vassileva, Chen-Chung Liu, Wenli Chen, Jack Hsu, Yu-Ju Lan, Jon Mason, Masanori Yamada, Hsin-Yih Shyu, Amali Weerasinghe, Ying-Tien Wu, Li Zhang, Kinshuk, Yukihiro Matsubara, Yongwu Miao, Hiroaki Ogata, Siu Cheung Kong, Maiga Chang, Morris S. Y. Jong, Rita Kuo, Robby Robson, Barbara Wasson, Akihiro Kashihara, Ulrike Cress, Marc Jansen, Jun Oshima, Chengjiu Yin, Jianwei Zhang, Clark Chinn
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages665-670
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9784990801410
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 30 Nov 20144 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityNara
Period30/11/144/12/14

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Accessibility
  • Disabilities
  • User interfaces
  • Virtual sculpting

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