Tactile Learning Strategies for Teachers

Swell Form Offers Easy To Create Tactile Learning Graphics

Blind students are by nature tactile and auditory learners. Tactile learning is clearly an important part of their curriculum. However, teachers have limited resources to produce tactile learning tools and if they do, they may have to order them in advance, yet the classroom is dynamic and tactile examples may need to be created in real-time.

What If Teachers Could Create Tactile Documents On The Fly?

That is exactly what the Swell Form tactile graphics machine can do.  With it and our Swell Touch paper, Teachers can print or draw any tactile learning example and run it through the Swell Form Machine and within 30 seconds they will have a ready to use tactile learning tool!

Building a Tactile Learning Curriculum 

Teachers who wish to plan out a tactile learning curriculum in advance will find our Tactile Library of great benefit. Here, you can quickly find, download and print ready made drawings onto Swell Touch paper. Then run them through the Swell Form machine to have them ready for class. From Geography, to Math to Scientific concepts there are tactile drawings for you to choose from.

Tactile Teaching Example
Free tactile graphics drawing of a heart
Tactile Learning Example: Heart Chambers

Swell Form Tactile Graphics Machine

The Swell Form Tactile Graphics Machine (Formerly Zy Fuse) is a simple, fast and low cost method of creating stunning tactile maps, diagrams, text and graphics for use in the classroom.

How It Works

Anyone can print or draw upon our special Swell Touch paper.  This paper is formulated so that when heat is applied to it all black areas will swell creating a tactile effect. The Swell Form tactile graphics machine is designed to apply this heat evenly across the Swell Touch paper to create a high quality tactile graphic in under 30 seconds.   Safe and easy to use in any classroom, tactile graphics can now be made on the fly.

Tactile Library for Free Tactile Diagrams

Build A Tactile Learning Cirriculum

The Tactile Library found at TactileLibrary.com is our free resource of tactile documents that can be used to help build your curriculum using tactile learning.

This free community allows anyone to find and download purpose created tactile drawings. You can download these drawings, then print them onto the Swell Touch paper and then feed them through the Swell Form machine to create the tactile document.

Popular Tactile Documents

Swell Form Tactile Graphics

Paper Sizes available:

  • A4
  • B4
  • A3
  • 11×11.5”
  • 8.5×11”
  • 11×17”


  • Voltage: 120V or 240V
  • Power: 5A


  • Height: 6”
  • Width: 5”
  • Length: 20”
  • Weight: 15 pounds


Standard Warranty


This product comes with a 2 year warranty on parts


Extended Warranty

While these machines are built with the most up-to date-parts and care, sometimes unforeseeable problems occur and your machine needs to be fixed. At American Thermoform we offer Extended Warranty options for that additional comfort in knowing that your machine will be protected longer and repaired quickly. Our goal is to repair your machine within 2 business days to minimize your down time.


Each Extended Warranty option includes:

  • One way shipping
  • All replacement parts
  • Complete inspection & cleaning of machine
  • Any applicable firmware/software upgrades
  • Free 30 minute diagnosis (labor is then charged at normal hourly
  • rates should repair time take longer)
  • Swell-Form Graphics Machine

1 Year Extended Warranty: $195.00 US
2 Year Extended Warranty: $341.25 US
3 Year Extended Warranty: $605.00 US

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