3DBODY.TECH 2017 - Paper 17.031

S. P. Ashdown and A. Vuruskan, "From 3D Scans to Haptic Models: Apparel Design with Half Scale Dress Forms", in Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2017 - 8th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Montreal QC, Canada, 11-12 Oct. 2017, pp. 31-41, https://doi.org/10.15221/17.031.


From 3D Scans to Haptic Models: Apparel Design with Half Scale Dress Forms



1 Dept. of FSAD, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA;
2 Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey


Any design process requires prototype development to test properties and perfect proportional or functional relationships before committing to production. Prototypes are also used to communicate concepts or solutions using limited materials and at an affordable cost. Architects have communicated their ideas using scaled models beginning as far back as medieval times. These models demonstrate their design ideas and help address functional issues in 3D. Scaled down dress forms used in fashion design are a more recent concept. One of the first uses of 3D body scanning for apparel in the early 2000s was to make dress forms based on body scans. In 2007, in a collaborative effort between Cornell University and Alvanon, a half scale form from body scan data was developed for educational use. This form is an exact reduction of a full scale form made from a body scan, and allows students to develop their designs with limited fabric, time commitment, and studio space. Students digitize the patterns they develop into a patternmaking CAD program and then scale them up to full scale. These forms have been used very effectively in product development and patternmaking classes at Cornell, and are now popular in schools around the world.
Further uses of half scale forms are being investigated for apparel research, creative pattern making, and pattern development for different body types. Half scale forms can be made in-house from body scans easily and economically. By using 3D body scan technology and transferring 3D digital data to sliced foam models or 3D printed models, custom half scale forms are developed. These forms have the potential to benefit both academia and industry.


Full paper: 17.031.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2017, 11-12 Oct. 2017, Montreal QC, Canada
Pages: 31-41
DOI: 10.15221/17.031

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