[Blindmath] thoughts on a PIAF please

Dorine in 't Veld dorine at dvlop.nl
Mon Feb 4 13:41:52 CST 2013


Hi Brian,

We tried, but the ink won't really dry and stains very easily, even 
after swelling.

@Susan, thanks for your answer. (I hope I get permission to give it a 
try:)). Do you select the option 'thick paper'? Any other precautions?

Dorine


Op 2013-02-04 20:21, Brian Richwine schreef:
> Has anyone had good results printing directly onto swell paper from a
> modern ink jet printer, or other printer that won't overheat the paper?
>
> We used to do this, however our old ink jet printer died. We've tried a
> couple new ink jet printers, however the inks do not work as well. We can't
> get good contrast between the printed and non-printed parts... and slowing
> down the paper only causes the whole page to swell. I read through the
> troubleshooting section in the BANA Tactile Graphics guide and it suggested
> that high-carbon inks work best so it seems that selecting a printer based
> upon what ink is uses is key. Any ideas?
>
> We'd like to start using the swell paper again, because our students don't
> like the output from the Tiger Embosser we purchased.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions!
>    -Brian
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:03 AM, Susan Osterhaus <osterhauss at tsbvi.edu>wrote:
>
>> Hi Dorine,
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> Susan
>>
>> -----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
>> To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
>> Subject: Re: [Blindmath] thoughts on a PIAF please
>>
>> 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
>>
>> 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
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> 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
>>> mathematics
>>> Subject: thoughts on a PIAF please
>>>
>>> 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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