Body Scanning Technology

The [TC]2, white-light 3-D body scanner is currently housed in the AESHM department at Iowa State University, and it is used in the design and development of products.

Body scanning is a rapid and precise way of generating 3-D images of people in a stationary position. The scanner scans the whole body in less than 15 seconds and rapidly produces a true-to-scale 3-D body model.

Researchers using this technology often combine it with advanced data simulation software and computer-aided design (CAD) to turn numeric data into 3-D forms to produce new design products.

The uses of the 3-D body model are varied, including:

  • Custom fitting apparel
  • Sizing surveys: SizeUSA
  • Apparel sizing standards development
  • 3-D product development, including apparel, automotive seating, and other equipment applications
  • Body shape analysis
  • Animation and graphics
  • Health and fitness management
  • Medical applications
  • Computer gaming immersion