Braille Writer Finger Guide

Guide to keep students fingers on the correct keys on a braille writer.


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Sometimes when young students are first learning braille they will try to use multiple fingers to press a key. Or, they will shift their hands or fingers left or right to hit a key with their index or middle finger. This behavior will result in poor brailling habits and braille errors.
The guide has vertical blades that make it more difficult for students to use non-standard fingering on the braille writer. The guide slides under the keys on the braille writer. It does not interfere with the operation of the keys or the quality of the braille produced. It has been tested on old and new braille writers.

The guide has double curved blades () or bowed blades with supports at the base of the blades. The blades are the same width as the base. The guide should be printed with the blades horizontal to the build plate for maximum strength.

Added a revised finger guide for Smart Brailler and the Perkins/APH brailler. They have the same key placement.

Materials and methods

- 20% infill
- 226mm(L) x 30mm(W) x 87mm(H)



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C6c6373b71be91cacd3205fc1cdf38da?default=blank&size=40S Donahue added this to the Braille writer finger guide collection ago
87a07dda50bb5114c34b15e64430bbc0?default=blank&size=40Russell Campbell commented ago

Well, this was the old time when the writer used this type of typing machine to write their stories on paper.

D98f079d3d98040dbab318915bf9ac99?default=blank&size=40Jim Allan commented ago

@bobbyfish I found a Smart Brailler, the new design is posted (Braille Writer Guide Smart Aph). The new design also works with Perkins/APH braillers. Thanks for the idea.

D98f079d3d98040dbab318915bf9ac99?default=blank&size=40Jim Allan commented ago

@bobbyfish I am happy to make that. I don't have a Smart Brailler available. I think that the current guide is too wide (front to back), and perhaps too long (left to right). If you can send me the internal length and width of the well under the keys, I can have it posted quickly.

00cac25afb9f322058865a7c1c1f25a5?default=blank&size=40Bobbyfish commented ago

This works great but doesn’t fit the smart brailler. Could you make another design for a finger guide for the smart brailler?

A0617e778bef4dd0597c44573802f4cc?default=blank&size=40jack56 commented ago

Well, this was the old time when the writer used this type of typing machine to write their stories on paper. If a student wants to invest less time and writing batter on that machine, then use the right fingers to the correct keys or go to blog article over here to understand how you can get a grip on the typing machine.

619d84f2f51b37e2dabb63217217bd72?default=blank&size=40marcelofaf added this to the outil d'apprentissage du braille collection ago
D98f079d3d98040dbab318915bf9ac99?default=blank&size=40Jim Allan commented ago

Thanks for the comment. So you just place the 2 halves in the braille

writer and it all worked?! excellent!!

will add the half version for others to use.


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5f961af6b496b543cdc0f65b5efe2712?default=blank&size=40Carrie Hannon commented ago

Loved this build - worked amazing for my student's Smart Brailler - the design itself was too big for my printer, so I sliced it in half and printed it twice. Worked like a charm. Thank you so much for creating this amazing build!

45d92a818614c43552283db7d0800ee3?default=blank&size=40Melinda Loyd added this to the Braille collection ago
D98f079d3d98040dbab318915bf9ac99?default=blank&size=40Jim Allan published this design ago