I work on communication devices for people with disabilities that prevent them from speaking. This can be anything from a board with symbols on, to a relatively sophisticated app.
Some potential users also have sight issues and have to distinguish symbols by feel (these particular users have cognitive disabilities and so braile isn't useful) . Currently the solution is to, by hand, stick items onto the buttons. Like this:
This is effective, but takes a very long time.
A friend converted some of these images into 3d prints like so:
This was amazing, and useful, but I understand quite time-intensive for him - and there are thousands of these symbols.
Here's what I want to know: given that SVG is a relatively simple structure and the symbols are very simple, what are the steps for writing the script that says: "Take the svg, map it to a plane, raise everything that is black by 2mm, everything that is gray by 1mm and add height for the rest of the colours according to this table" ?
Bonus points for something that I can reasonable get going on a set of 10000 svg files and come back to later...
If you install inkscape, pstoedit and ghostscript version 9.21 (not the latest as pstoedit is incompatible) you can get the file into a format that openscad can import using two commands in a cmd file
"C:\Program Files\Inkscape\inkscape" -E "traffic lights.eps" "traffic lights.svg" "C:\Program Files\pstoedit\pstoedit" -dt -f dxf:-polyaslines "traffic lights.eps" "traffic lights.dxf"
then in openscad
linear_extrude(3) import ("traffic lights.dxf");
will import gives me
With a thickness of 3mm - you can see the model needs some scaling but its seems possible although - I can't see an option to scale based on color -