Digital Embossing Technology

JAN 11

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Why in news?

  • Scientists from National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) under the Department of Science & Technology have developed user-friendly long lasting durable Braille maps using digital embossing technology (DET) for visually challenged students in the country.

About Digital Embossing Technology:

  • DET is a digital printing technology, designed to revolutionize the enhancement process in the printing industry.
  • DET has been introduced, designed and implemented for the first time in India by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), functioning as the Attached Office of the Department of Science and Technology


  • DET eliminates the need for printing plates, molds, chemicals, and solvents, emitting no pollutants or waste and reduces overall energy use.
  • The high resolution inkjet technology enables selective coating with variable thickness and stampless embossing.
  • The maps produced using this technology are not only useful for high-speed production of the maps but can also produce Braille Maps that can be used by more people for years together. In the past maps lost its readability and feeling experience in a short span of time.


 ‘Digital Embossing Technology’, widely discussed in news, is associated with:

(a) Crypto-currency

(b) Digital Printing

(c) Digital Payment

(d) Gene editing