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  How to create Braille-embossed or Swell-Form™ tactile graphics
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Braille Graphic

You will need:

  • The Duxbury Braille Translator program
  • Juliet Embosser or similar machine
  1. Contact Ben Wentworth at Tactile Learning and provide your email address; the Braille file will be attached to a return E-mail.
  2. Save the Braille file to your desk top, then copy to a 3.5 floppy disk or burn the file onto a CD-ROM.
  3. The file may then be opened with The Duxbury Braille Translator program and embossed with a Juliet Embosser or similar machine.

 

The following graphics are Microsoft Word files that should be printed and run through a Swell-Form machine for thermal embossing. The braille text will automatically be raised with the line drawing.

FEEL THE IMPACT MODULE
BRAILLE EMBOSSED TACTILE GRAPHICS
TEXT VERSION

PART I—Introduction to Comets BRAILLE
Tactile Card 1 (Kuiper Belt) and Tactile Card 2 (Orbits)

Tactile Card 3 Comet Structure
Tactile Card 4 Surface Features

PART I—Introduction to Comets
Tactile Card 1 Kuiper Belt
Tactile Card 2 Orbits
Tactile Card 3 Comet Structure
Tactile Card 4 Surface Features

Part II—Cratering in the Solar System
Tactile Card 5 (Crater on Mars) and Tactile Card 6 (Dickenson Crater)
Tactile Card 7 (Gannymede) and Tactile Card 8 (Manicouagan Crater)
Tactile Card 9a and Tactile Card 9b
Tactile Card 9c and Tactile Card 9d
Tactile Card 9eand Tactile Card 9f
Tactile Card 9g and Tactile Card 9h
Tactile Card 9i and Tactile Card 9j

Part II—Cratering in the Solar System
Tactile Card 5 Crater on Mars
Tactile Card 6 Dickinson Crater
Tactile Card 7 Gannymede Craters
Tactile Card 8 Manicouagan Crater
Tactile Card 9a Landscape & Sky
Tactile Card 9b Projectile Contacts Ground
Tactile Card 9c Compression Phase Begins
Tactile Card 9d Compression Phase Complete
Tactile Card 9e Pre-evacuation Phase
Tactile Card 9f Evacuation Phase Begins
Tactile Card 9g Evacuation Phase Increases
Tactile Card 9h Evacuation Phase at Maximum
Tactile Card 9i Modification Phase
Tactile Card 9j Arial View of Crater

Part IV—What We Learned About Comet Tempel 1
Tactile Card 10 Sample Spectrum
Tactile Card 11 Surface Ice
Tactile Card 12 Comet Temperature Zones
Tactile Card EP O Ejecta Pattern
Tactile Card EP 1 and Tactile Card EP 2
Tactile Card EP 3 and Tactile Card EP 4
Tactile Card EP 5 and Tactile Card EP 6
Tactile Card EP 7 and Tactile Card EP 8

Part IV—What We Learned About Comet Tempel 1
Tactile Card 10 Sample Spectrum
Tactile Card 11 Surface Ice
Tactile Card 12 Comet Temperature Zones
Tactile Card EP O Ejecta Pattern
Tactile Card EP 1
Tactile Card EP 2
Tactile Card EP 3
Tactile Card EP 4
Tactile Card EP 5
Tactile Card EP 6
Tactile Card EP 7
Tactile Card EP 8

EVOLVING UNIVERSE MODULE

The following graphics are PDF files that should be printed and run through a Swell-Form machine for thermal embossing. The braille text will automatically be raised with the line drawing.

BRAILLE EMBOSSED TACTILE GRAPHICS
TEXT VERSION
Spongy Universe
Tactile Card 1 Tracks
Tactile Card 2 Hubble Bubbles
Tactile Card 3-5 Large, medium & small sponges
Spongy Universe
Tactile Card 1 Tracks
Tactile Card 2 Hubble Bubbles
Tactile Card 3 Large Sponge
Tactile Card 4 Medium Sponge
Tactile Card 5 Small Sponge
Dynamic Universe
Tactile Card 1 Sound/light waves
Tactile Card 2 Compressed sound/light waves
Tactile Card 3 Rarified sound/light waves
Dynamic Universe
Tactile Card 1 Sound/light waves
Tactile Card 2 Compressed sound/light waves
Tactile Card 3 Rarified sound/light waves
Fundamentals of Our Universe
Tactile Card 1 Energetic Electron
Large Print Quark Cards (electronic request)*
Fundamentals of Our Universe
Tactile Card 1 Energetic Electron
Large Print Quark Cards
Tracing Origins of Our Universe
Tactile Card A H and He Nuclei
Tactile Card 1-4 Epoch 1-4
Tactile Card 5 Epoch 5
Tactile Card 6 Epoch 6
Tactile Card 7 Epoch 7
Tactile Card 8 Epoch 8
Tracing Origins of Our Universe
Tactile Card A H and He Nuclei
Tactile Card 1 Epoch 1
Tactile Card 2 Epoch 1
Tactile Card 3 Epoch 1
Tactile Card 4 Epoch 1
Tactile Card 5 Epoch 5
Tactile Card 6 Epoch 6
Tactile Card 7 Epoch 7
Tactile Card 8 Epoch 8
 


On a toner-style (instead of an ink cartridge-style) copier, copy your Tactile Card image onto Swell-Paper™ and run it through the Swell-Form graphics machine.

Using a lower heat setting and running the Swell-Paper™ through twice gives excellent results without changing the blank background of the graphic.

Note: An ink cartridge-style printer will work; however, the background ends up with a slight texture.

In the event that you do not have access to a Swell-Form graphics machine and would like to order pre-made copies, please contact Ben Wentworth at Tactile Learning.

*The Duxbury Braille file for the Braille Quark Cards should be used to produce the cards used in the Student Activity: Quarks - Making Arrangements. These cards have been made with a boarder around the Quark symbol for each card. A double-lined border will be found on one edge of each card to indicate the edge that should be nearest the individual using the cards. This eliminates the need to read each symbol in order for the user to line the cards up properly. If you have a Swell-Form graphics machine at your disposal, download one of the following PDF files:

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