What is it about?

This paper presents a way to understand the confidence a person may have in measurements exacted from 3D Body Scanners. We assert a simple method and analyse 3D Body Scanner outputs to Engineering specifications. Our analysis proves which measurements can offer 100% assurance in their appropriateness for making cloths, and which are only correct 66/100 times.

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Why is it important?

This paper provides the critical analysis of 3D Body Scanning for reliability while asserting a method for establishing the reliability of the technology for precise applications. 3D Body Scanner manufactures (e.g. SizeStream, TC2) do not communicate the reliability of their scanners taken from real people, basing it on inanimate cylinders. To this they provide single generic reliability measurement rather than reliability relative the body part being measured. This is a serious weakness in communication and it means that researchers, engineers, and garment manufacturers cannot assess the suitability of the machines for their use. This paper is the first to address this critical issue and offers and pathway forward for practitioners.


This research is the first stepping stone in our essential work on reliability of 3D Body Scanning and its impact on garment construction. It has been a pleasure to attend and present at the 3DBody.Tech 2017 conference in Montreal and hope that the methodology and insights given in this paper help start and develop conversations in the 3D Body Scanning Industry.

Dr Christopher J. Parker
Loughborough University

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This page is a summary of: 3D Body Scanning has Suitable Reliability: An Anthropometric Investigation for Garment Construction, October 2017, Hometrica Consulting,
DOI: 10.15221/17.298.
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