Learn English – word for the tangible equivalent of visualization


The word visualization is often used to describe an image or interactive piece of media that represents a data set. I am trying to think if there is an equivalent for something that is not only visual, but also tangible. That is, an object that represents data and that people can touch and see. If there is no word for this, can you think of a neologism for it e.g."tangiblelization"?

EDIT: By tangible I mean an object that can you can youch with your hands.

Best Answer

To make something tangible is to make it real; realize is the usual term for this process, so realization would describe making an abstract dataset into something real.

A 3D printer allows the realization of abstract mathematical surfaces in polycarbonate.

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