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Changing the idea of a "Book"

Many books are in the traditional print format. Others have pop-ups or stickers. What if we took advantage of book's volume and replaced pictures with 3D printed objects!

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As we have mentioned often on OpenIDEO, children need to explore, create, and have fun!

My idea is a young child book that includes 3D printed figurines of objects that allow the child to bring pictures into life!

For example, if it is a book about animals, we could print out whales that could attach and detach from the book. The page would still include information about the whale, but the 3D print gives children the opportunity to explore how whales are in physical space.

Check out my attached video to check out my prototype!

Another thing to build community of creative thinkers is by intentionally leaving some pieces out of some books. This would require children to meet other kids in the area and share figurines that they do not have. This would require good planning to make sure that figurines are placed within a certain community to ensure that they are being circulated. Good planning would also require an infrastructure that hosts some sort of meeting between all the parents and children to make sure that this sharing and communicating happens!

This would be a great opportunity to expose the younger generation to technology, especially 3D printing. If we could create 3D printing hubs in libraries or other heavy traffic areas, children who are interested could come and create their own 3D prints!

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Although the Davidson College Design Fellows are working with the Charlotte, NC community, this book is transportable! It can be anywhere! The only premise is that these communities are willing to introduce technology to their children. Hopefully, these communities would already have infrastructure to include 3D printing, or would be willing to see what other technology they could use!

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

1. Create the book (create a thick book out of paper or styrofoam, and print the 3D animals) 2. Distribute the books to young children 3. Get feedback on how they react to the Book, and also ask parents/teachers if they would use it and what concerns they have.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

How might we bring 3D printing into communities? How might we lower the price for 3D printing?

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.


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Photo of Sanjana Ramamurthy

Hi there! It is an amazing idea of learning through the game, so innovative and simple at the same time! Good luck!

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