3DBODY.TECH 2017 - Paper 17.043

S. Gill et al., "Not All Body Scanning Measurements are Valid: Perspectives from Pattern Practice", 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. 43-52, https://doi.org/10.15221/17.043.


Not All Body Scanning Measurements are Valid: Perspectives from Pattern Practice


Simeon GILL, Maryam AHMED, Christopher J. PARKER, Steven G. HAYES

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


To assume all body scanning measurements are valid for apparel product development is wrong. While human measurement forms the basis for product development and body scanning represents a significant development in the collection of human measurements [1], a distinction must be drawn between measurements suitable for product development (pattern cutting) and those required for the creation of sizing systems. The application of body scanning has largely focused on sizing surveys [2], the standards used in developing the technology are tailored toward surveys [3], [4] and subsequently measurements are often not defined in a manner suitable to developing products. This research began with analysis of product development practices and body scanning outputs to determine the suitability of body scanning to support existing methods of product development. Six methods of pattern development, established from previous research to represent the variation of approaches [5]-[7] were selected, the measurements required for these methods were compared to measurement outputs from both a Size Stream and [TC]2 body scanner. Further analysis was made regarding the development of custom measurements for each scan system, to see if extra measurements could be defined to match those required or enhance the data used to drive the draft process. Whilst there are promising developments in automated pattern creation [8], [9], there is little existing theory or clear understanding of pattern to person relationships to enable the full realization and embedding of these systems. As well as understanding the suitability of scan measurements for pattern development, this research also recommends further measurements which may improve the patterns' ability to accord with the individual size, shape and proportion of the wearer. This research shows that there are a range of measurements used for pattern making and these are not all available from existing body scanning systems. Key landmarks and measurements are identified and this research shows how body scanning technology can be developed to support existing and developing methods of pattern development.


Full paper: 17.043.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2017, 11-12 Oct. 2017, Montreal QC, Canada
Pages: 43-52
DOI: 10.15221/17.043

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