Virtual Sculpting and 3D Printing for Young People with Disabilities

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

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The SHIVA project was designed to provide virtual sculpting tools for young people with complex disabilities, allowing them to engage with artistic and creative activities that they might otherwise never be able to access. Their creations are then physically built using 3D printing. To achieve this, the authors built a generic, accessible GUI and a suitable geometric modeling system and used these to produce two prototype modeling exercises. These tools were deployed in a school for students with complex disabilities and are now being used for a variety of educational and developmental purposes. This article presents the project's motivations, approach, and implementation details together with initial results, including 3D printed objects designed by young people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7383168
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D printing
  • accessible technology
  • computer graphics
  • geometric modeling
  • user interfaces
  • virtual sculpting


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