Paper 11.234

T. Mah and G. Song, "The Application of Three-Dimensional (3-D) Body Scanner in Fabric Drape Assessment", in Proc. of 2nd Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2011, pp. 234-238,


The Application of Three-Dimensional (3-D) Body Scanner in Fabric Drape Assessment


Tannie MAH 1, Guowen SONG 2

1 Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Health Canada, Canada;
2 Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada


In this research three-dimensional (3-D) body scanning technique is applied to assess fabric drape based on air gap information. The objective of the research is to determine whether the air gap information obtained from 3-D scanning can provide a useful and valid measurement of fabric drape, and to investigate if 3-D scanning can produce more information about fabric drape than traditional methods can. The parameters associated with air gap information were examined and the testing protocol to determine the size of air gap was developed. The results demonstrate three-dimensional scanning technique as a means of measuring fabric drape is an advancement over conventional methods. The air gap distance between a fabric and the object over which it is hung can provide information about a draped fabric along its entire length, rather than just a single DC value obtained from a top view. Additionally air gap information can be a more realistic representation of how a garment is draped on a human compared to a single DC value. Considering the average air gap distance in addition to the DC, the number of nodes, and the node dimensions can provide a more complete description of fabric drape than existing methods. This preliminary exploration forms a foundation from which future research using air gap measurements to assess fabric drape can be built.


3d body scanning, air gap, drape, DC


Full paper: 11.234.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBST 2011, 25-26 Oct. 2011, Lugano, Switzerland
Pages: 234-238

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