I was talking to another member of the Science faculty at my school today about the 3D printer I had just sent the order form off for. It blew his mind, but after about 5 minutes of thinking he said "could it print a periodic table for Frank" (Frank is the blind student, not his real name). So I started to think, how could we make this happen, the current braille version that Frank has is not in the 'shape' of the periodic table, I think it is more like a list and the teacher I was talking to said that it is quite hard to teach the chemistry behind the periodic table if it is not in groups and laid out the way it is supposed to be.
So I said that I would have a go at creating a version over the long wekend. Now designing this in a 3d design program would take me forever, but wait don't I have access to a 3d design program that is based on blocks and would make this way easier to design?
So after spending about an hour in MinecraftEdu I have 3 periods of the table done, and given what I imagine the sizes to be I will be able to print 3 across and 4 down on my printer so I am going to do a test print and take it into school next week give it to Frank and see if the braille is correct and easy enough to read. Then I will show it to the teacher and ask if there is anything else.
Just taking some screenshots I think there may be a problem, but I will print it anyway and get the feedback, here are the screenshots.
More updates after I get the feedback from the other teacher and the student.