Tactile Maps

Tactile maps are physical representations of geographic data. Tactile maps are particularly helpful in providing blind or visually impaired individuals with an understanding of the layout of physical spaces.


A 3D printed topographic map with roadways extruded above the topography A 3D printed campus map with roadways, walking paths and buildings raised above the background

This site allows users to create customized maps of virtually any location on earth by just searching for an address. The site will then generate a 3D model of the area which can be printed using a 3D printer or sent to a company that provides printing services.

Currently, there are two ways to create a map.

Simple Interface

Our simple interface is the easiest way to create a map of an area. Just search for an address, specify the size of the map you want and the site will provide a 3D model of the roadways in the area.

Advanced Interface

If you're interested in exploring more than just the roads, the advanced interface provides far more options for customizing maps. You can add additional features like waterways and parks or place markers at nearby restaurants.

Help Us

This site is ongoing project aimed at making online map data more accessible for visually impaired populations. We are always interested in user feedback. If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the site or would like to receive more information, feel free to contact Brandon Taylor at bttaylor@cs.cmu.edu.

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