Automatically creating design models from 3D anthropometry data

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Journal titleJournal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering
Article number41007
Subject3D anthropometry; 3D models; Covering problems; Design applications; Design models; Digital forms; Manual interaction; Parameter spaces; Anthropometry; Computational geometry; Product design; Three dimensional computer graphics
AbstractWhen designing a product that needs to fit the human shape, designers often use a small set of 3D models, called design models, either in physical or digital form, as representative shapes to cover the shape variabilities of the population for which the products are designed. Until recently, the process of creating these models has been an art involving manual interaction and empirical guesswork. The availability of the 3D anthropometric databases provides an opportunity to create design models optimally. In this paper, we propose a novel way to use 3D anthropometric databases to generate design models that represent a given population for design applications such as the sizing of garments and gear. We generate the representative shapes by solving a covering problem in a parameter space. Well-known techniques in computational geometry are used to solve this problem. We demonstrate the method using examples in designing glasses and helmets. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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AffiliationInformation and Communication Technologies; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number21270103
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