[Blindmath] Blindmath Digest, Vol 79, Issue 3

Lucia Hasty lucia at tactilegraphics.org
Mon Feb 4 13:39:09 CST 2013


Susan, you are correct. Swell paper sold in the US by American Thermoform
is actually Zytex2 paper made by Zychem Ltd. in the UK. It does produce the
sharpest, cleanest image.

You can print directly onto the swell paper if you have an ink jet printer
that uses carbon ink. I have an older wide-carriage HP DeskJet and print on
swell paper all the time. It is advertised that you can print on the paper
using a laser printer, but I have not found the right combination of
printer and ink. Again, the trick is that the ink must be carbon-based. The
newer printers are using pigment-based ink, which does not puff.

You can also use some pens and markers to draw on the paper, or to add to
an image you printed. This is especially useful when a student needs to
demonstrate understanding by drawing a diagram, geometry figure, or create
a bar, line or pie graph for the teacher to see.
Lucia

Lucia Hasty
Rocky Mountain Braille Associates
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Lucia at tactilegraphics.org
www.TactileGraphics.org


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> From: Susan Osterhaus <osterhauss at tsbvi.edu>
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> Hi Dorine,
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> Once I create my black line master, I print it on regular paper in any
> printer. Then, I copy it onto the SwellTouch paper by sending the paper
> through the by-pass tray on the side of the copy machine one sheet at a
> time. We purchase our SwellTouch paper from American Thermoform Company,
> but Humanware has the same paper. I think they both import it from Europe
> or elsewhere. Reprotronics has something called Flexi-Paper. I have never
> printed directly onto the SwellTouch paper.
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> Susan
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Dorine
> in 't Veld
> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 5:06 AM
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> Subject: Re: [Blindmath] thoughts on a PIAF please
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> Hi Susan,
>
> What swell paper and what printer do you use? Do you print on the
> swellpaper directly?
> We had trouble printing with a laser printer on Zyfuse paper; it was too
> hot, so the paper swelled, got sticky and jammed the printer when running
> through.
>
> Dorine in 't Veld
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> Op 2013-01-25 23:54, Susan Osterhaus schreef:
> > I really like creating my geometry tactile graphics on SwellTouch
> > paper and running them through a PIAF. All the angles are so nice and
> > crisp. I create them using the MS Word drawing program. I first create
> > the braille-labeled one using the SwellBraille font (in 24 pt size)
> > recommended by the BANA Tactile Graphics Guidelines. You can obtain
> > the font for free by downloading from the Duxbury or the TSBVI website.
> > http://duxburysystems.com/product2.asp?product=The%20Braille%20TrueTyp
> > e%20
> > Fonts&level=free&action=pur or
> > http://www.tsbvi.edu/resources/1087-download-braille-and-asl-specialty
> > -fon ts  Then I go back in and change all the braille to a large print
> > font, and I have the exact same graph for my low vision students. It
> > is both a great tactile graphic and a wonderful black line graphic for
> > the low vision students. If you have a student who is transitioning
> > from print to braille, this can really give them a fun headstart. If
> > they still have some vision, they can both see and feel the graphic on
> > SwellTouch paper.
> > You might start with large print and then transition over to braille.
> >
> > Susan
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> > From: Lewicki, Maureen [mailto:mlewicki at bcsd.neric.org]
> > Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 2:15 PM
> > To: SusanOsterhaus at tsbvi.edu; Blind Math list for those interested in
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> > Subject: thoughts on a PIAF please
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> > Good Day! Is anyone using a PIAF to produce graphics quickly? Please
> > let me know what you think of it. Thanks!
> >
> > Maureen Murphy Lewicki
> > Teacher of Visually Impaired
> > Bethlehem Central Schools
> > (518)439-7681
> > "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is
> > wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller
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