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Human Solutions develops individual fashion manikin for garment industry

FIGURA: Ensuring garment fit with company-specific 3D fashion manikin. OUT - conventional standard busts! IN - Exact three-dimensional images of real models for garment-fitting!

Kaiserslautern, 11th January 2005 – With FIGURA, the Human Solutions GmbH of Kaiserslautern, Germany has created a radically new type of individual fashion manikin for the garment industry. FIGURA is used for collection development and for ensuring garment fit, implementing company-specific requirements and stipulations at production sites across the world. The human models for garment-fitting are first measured by a 3D body scanner; then several copies of a fashion manikin are produced on the basis of the data acquired. FIGURA thus combines the advantages of human models and conventional busts.

To develop a company-specific individual fashion manikin, Human Solutions and the clothing manufacturer cooperate closely with one another. Body measurements, shape and proportions are captured and imaged realistically. Thanks to the combination of different ideal types (e.g. the torso of one model, the lower part of the body of another, etc.), the achievement of symmetry and the adjusting and matching of measurements all result in a model that is absolutely ideal.

The individual fashion manikin is modeled in light, shape-retaining, low-density polyethylene. Soft inserts in the chest, abdominal and hip areas realistically mirror the body's resilience characteristics.

“Once developed, FIGURA individual fashion manikins can be reproduced as often as desired. And in contrast to human models, they don't put on weight and they can't get sick or pregnant. So they can be permanently integrated into the development process of a collection”, says Anke Rissiek, Manager Key Projects & Research for the Human Solutions GmbH. “However, the release of new items of clothing won't become the sole domain of fashion manikins - the opinions of the human models themselves as regards wearer comfort are extremely important. However, since human models will be used less and less, and quality assurance is at the same time guaranteed during all stages of manufacture, FIGURA enables considerable time and costs savings.”

FIGURA at a glance:

  • developed for ladies' wear, menswear and children's clothing

  • available as fashion manikin torso (Torso) with arm and leg appendages, lower body or entire body fashion manikin

  • Additional components: head, movable arms, detachable legs, various stand solutions

  • FIGURA's permanent availability ensures the quality of the garment fit and the acceleration of model development right through to final acceptance

  • Guaranteed, standardized comprehension of sizes and garment fit for the entire company range of collections, brands and products.

  • Control of size indication marking and measurement sustainability for supporting quality assurance in the case of full-purchase products

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Human Solutions GmbH

Human Solutions GmbH is a global software and system house with around 75 employees in Kaiserslautern, Germany and Detroit, USA. The company develops and sells hardware and software solutions for Body scanning, Ergonomics and Simulation applications. Human Solutions GmbH has over 300 customers, including famous names like DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Volkswagen, Airbus Industries, the German Federal Army, Karstadt, van Laack and many more.

Our Performance Spectrum: Ergonomics, Simulation and Body scanning

For the past 15 years, Human Solutions has offered solutions for the capture of the electronic measurement data and the simulation of human beings. Over 70% of all automotive manufacturers worldwide use the human model RAMSIS for the ergonomic calculation of movement sequences.

RETAILOR is a worldwide, unique data platform created to sell high quality menswear and ladies' wear through the retail trade. This innovative system links automatic body measurement, computer-supported product selection and immediate order dispatch in the most comfortable way imaginable. The retail trade can now offer customized clothing from well-known manufacturers at mass-produced prices - individualized, but without the effort of individual tailoring and at prices normally associated with ready-made clothing.

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Human Solutions GmbH

Alexandra Lang

Europaallee 10

67657 Kaiserslautern

Tel. 49 (0)631-303 5600

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