3DBODY.TECH 2017 - Paper 17.201

A. Keefe et al., "NATO Research Task Group: 3D Scanning for Clothing Fit and Logistics", 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. 201-209, https://doi.org/10.15221/17.201.


NATO Research Task Group: 3D Scanning for Clothing Fit and Logistics


Allan KEEFE 1, James KUANG 2, Hein DAANEN 3

1 Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto ON, Canada;
2 Department of National Defence, Ottawa ON, Canada;
3 Vrije University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Military organizations require accurate information on the relationship between body size and shape to ensure proper fit of clothing and personal equipment. From an operational perspective, proper fit is essential for soldier clothing and equipment ensembles to function as designed, allowing optimal mobility, comfort and protection from environmental and ballistic threats. Meeting these requirements is challenging, as operational uniforms and ceremonial wear must be provided to all military members. Custom tailoring is provided for individuals of extreme body size, but this practise is expensive and undesirable. Additionally, secular changes in body size, and increasing ethnic diversity and presence of women in operational trades, including combat arms, has presented a challenge to military departments responsible for clothing specification, procurement and issuing.
In response, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Science and Technology Organization (NATO STO) has recognized the potential of 3D body scanning as a tool to rapidly acquire 3D anthropometry and body shape data to support clothing design and issuing. This has led to the establishment of NATO Research Task Group (RTG) HFM-266: 3D scanning for clothing fit and logistics. Currently, this Task Group is comprised of 9 member nations and one ally. The outcomes of this Task Group will serve to provide a better understating of the application of 3D body scanning technologies for military clothing and equipment application and inform the development of clothing sizing standards across NATO countries.


Full paper: 17.201.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2017, 11-12 Oct. 2017, Montreal QC, Canada
Pages: 201-209
DOI: 10.15221/17.201

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