Wetsuit design using 3D anthropometric data

Graduation project of Timon Staal. For his graduation project he created a new methodology for the creation of wetsuit patterns using 3D scanning. In the process he researched the anthropometric characteristics of the European population to create a new sizing system. Using this system he created rigged 3D mannequins that can be used to digitally test the fit and performance of wetsuits. As a result he presented a new 3D pattern creation workflow with a prototype wetsuit as validation.

This project generated a new parametric approach for optimizing the fit and comfort of a wetsuit design using 3D anthropometric data. The current wetsuit industry relies heavily on 2D anthropometric measurements in creating a fit for wetsuit patterns. A time-consuming prototyping process is then used to optimize the pattern. With the increasing availability of technologies such as 3D scanning, designers are able to gain more insight into the complex surfaces of the human body. Using detailed 3D mannequins in combination with motion capture data, it is possible to design and assess both the static and dynamic fit of a wetsuit. This prototype was created to validate the potential of this 3D anthropometric approach and its reduction of physical prototyping.

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Timon Staal (2019)