Data, R, and a 3-D Printer

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Another creative post from FlowingData. The above image is a 3-D printed heatmap of shots made by Steph Curry. The post contains around 20 similar prints, each with analyses like this:

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors makes a lot of threes and shoots mid-range shots fairly evenly across the floor. The most distinguishing characteristic is how far away from the line that Curry makes threes. This is more obvious when you actually hold the distribution and compare it against others.

I'm not an NBA fan, but I am super-interested about what cheap, good 3-D printing will do to the accessibility of data. If people more frequently held physical copies of data analyses, would that change their emotional responses? Would it improve accessibility? Would we be able to identify patterns more easily?

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