Yahoo! Japan has integrated search with a 3D printer with an installation designed to bring search capabilities to visually impaired children. The special installation, at the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired, affiliated by the University of Tsukuba, allows the children to search for items (such as a giraffe or dinosaur) via voice recognition. The items are then printed out as solid objects that they can touch and feel. Nissan Motor, amana and Tokyo Sky Tree are supporting the 3D data needed to print out the objects. If the data isn't available, it will be posted to the Hands On Search website where a call will be put out to find it. The effort was conceived out of Hakuhodo Tokyo.
Check out the Behind the Scenes video here.