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Product Development and Apparel Production
iMorph: The CBR-based analysis and classification of morphotypes as a basis for the development and optimization of sizing & fitting, and for economic and market-relevant collection design in the apparel industry
Individual characteristics of body shapes in humans (morphotypes) have a decisive influence on the size & fit of clothing and on the economic success of apparel companies. Today, morphotypes can only be evaluated by experts through individual visual evaluation – and these evaluations cannot be reproduced. A uniform classification scheme does not exist – currently, we only have different approaches with varying evaluation criteria. The aim of the iMorph project is to achieve automated morphological classification for individuals by means of a case-based system, and to integrate these classifications into the iSize international body data portal. iMorph is a ZIM cooperation project with the German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research, Denkendorf (DITF). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
FFD: New simulation engine for virtual prototyping.
Together with six international partners, we are developing a faster and more accurate solution for the realistic simulation of apparel (Yarn to Fabric to Garment simulation). To ensure the widest possible range of access, the solution will be available as an SaaS platform for collaborative prototyping. Funded by the European Union within the 7th framework program.
EUROFIT: Integration, Homogenisation and Extension of the Scope of Anthropometric Data Stored in Large EU Pools
EUROFIT vision is to unleash the huge potential contained in the increasing number of databases of 3D body scans for the European consumer goods´industries. The overall aim is thus to implement an online platform and an open framework that enables designers and industrialists to draw useful shape information and use it in their product development processes in an easy and direct way and database owners to pool the data they already hold. R&D work will focus on the systematisation of proven methods for 3D shape data aggregation and analysis in a reliable but economically sustainable way, as well as on the development of sector-specific applications and user-friendly interfaces. The project with 6 international partners is funded by the EU within the 7th framework program. www.eurofit-project.eu
FASHION-ABLE: Agile and eco-efficient production of customized clothing, shoes and orthotics.
This is to promote health or performance in diabetic patients (shoes) wheelchair users (apparel) and in persons with musculoskeletal complaints (an EU-wide total of about 75 million people). Simple transfer to other products is assured. The project is funded by the EU within the 7th framework program. We are one of 14 international partners. www.fashionable-project.eu
CoReNet: new methods, tools and technologies for the development and production of apparel, shoes and accessories in small batches.
The manufacturing of apparel for the individual needs of specific niche target groups is an important future field for small and medium-sized manufacturers in Europe. The CoReNet project creates a framework which enables cost-effective, highly individualized and environmentally-friendly production in small batches. This is carried out (among other approaches) by means of the widespread digitization of development and production preparation. We work together with 12 international partners on the CoReNet EU project, jointly creating a supply chain framework in order to collaborate with one another as closely-networked partners. The project is funded by the EU within the 7th framework program. www.corenet-project.eu
AVATAR-4-SIM: Integration of 3D avatars based on 3D scans in product visualization.
Instead of generic avatars, we want to use accurate 3D models based on 3D body scans to provide the body size and body shape accuracy necessary for the visualization and evaluation of apparel size & fit. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
MoDe3D: New procedure for the design and interactive alteration of apparel cut pieces in 3D.
It is our intention to enable alterations right on the digital 3D cut piece. The changes will be tracked in real time and transferred to the 2D CAD cut piece, enabling seamless working in 2D and 3D. This means enormous time and cost savings in apparel manufacturing. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
ViVoTex: New procedure for product development, with volumetric objects enclosed in a textile material.
Complex forming objects such as interlinings and shoulder pads must interact optimally in the simulation with the existing fabric simulation. This is our aim with this project ― and at the same time we want to create new possibilities for the imaging of complex textile properties such as reflection, the casting of shadows and volumes. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
AMC-HQ: Automated laying based on laying rules ― in CAD.
During the construction of cut pieces in CAD, information is embedded which can be used for the fully automated creation of markers. This enables an apparel manufacturer to control quality by means of practice-relevant laying rules, all the way to the cutting procedure. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
Virtual Aging: Simulation to address age-related performance changes in the virtual design of processes and products
The aim of this research project is the development of software that will simulate age-related ability changes and individual ability limitations. The software will be used in the virtual planning of manual work processes and for product design based on digital human models. The project participants’ objective is to build software solutions that go far beyond the capabilities of existing tools. Virtual Aging is a collaborative effort of the Human Solutions GmbH, the imk automotive GmbH and the Chemnitz Technical University Institute for Industrial Engineering and Innovation Management. The project will be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, within the context of the “SME innovative”.
UDASIM – Methods for the simulation of a comprehensive sense of discomfort,
addressing the relevant individual factors of force, seat pressure and posture. The commercial manikins CASIMIR, RAMSIS and ANYBODY will be combined with a uniform data interface in order to simulate these single factors. The model for the comprehensive, multidimensional sense of discomfort is realized by means of an artificial neural network, which receives the calculated individual factors of the combined human models as input variables.
ARVIDA – Creation of a service-oriented reference architecture for Virtual Technologies (VT)
for a number of different application scenarios. Within this framework, we will set up a process for motion simulation and evaluation for ergonomic applications in the commercial vehicle. The process will be based on measured movements and the relevant tools will also be implemented. This process will be carried out and evaluated for several specific applications.
EBDIG-WFSV: Knowledge transfer in the shipping industry
The "European Boat Design Innovation Group - Wind Farm Support Vessel" (EBDIG-WFSV) is funded by the European Union. It involves the transfer of knowledge from the automotive industry to the shipping industry: For the first time, we are making our CAD manikin RAMSIS available for shipping. The research objects are ships that transport people to work on offshore wind farms.
Safe Watch: Checking vision standards for the bus and truck industry
The "Safe Watch" project involves enabling existing national and international standards to flow into the development of vehicles in such a way that the standards can be checked digitally in the prototypical implementation of 3D vehicle models.
Belt4All: Virtualizing seat belt routing
Our objective of the "Belt4All" project is to develop new methods and techniques for cross-manufacturer, digital design of seat belt systems in the automotive industry. The basic idea is to simulate seat belt routing in a 3D environment to enable a better assessment of the results. Belt anchorage models, test device models and vehicle environment geometry are addressed.
Scanning, Anthropometry, Avatars
EASY-INT: Integration of body dimension data into an international body dimension portal to optimize the use of the data in product development.
This includes, among other things, a highly automated interface for the integration and use of national anthropometric serial measurements projects and adherence to statistical quality characteristics. The goal here is a high degree of compatibility, comparability and combinability of the data. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
SCANValue: Calculation of derived body parameters
such as total body fat, body surface and body density, for sports science and medicine. In the past, these values could only be acquired with additional and usually very elaborate measurement techniques. Now they can be derived directly from 3D body scans for further use. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
AVANTI3D: Rapid creation of 3D avatars from body scans.
Thanks to the generation of avatars based directly on body shape statistics, we will be able to offer a completely new approach to 3D bodyscanning databases, contributing to the further virtualization of product development processes based on statistically-secured average body shapes. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
EASY-SCAN3D: Development and implementation of an inexpensive 3D full body scanner.
This is done by developing new methods and procedures for the completion of 3D body scans using only two scanning columns. Software based data extrapolation reconstructs areas outside scanned regions of the body. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament.
General Research Projects
MALDI-AMK: Acquisition and analysis of the protein spectrum of organs or disease-related damage by means of MALDI 3D technology.
This project is intended to improve the assessment of the progression of an illness, in cancer patients, for example ― it should also make the distribution of ingredients more visible when drugs are used. Human Solutions provides the user interface for the effective integration of 3D MALDI into clinical environments and pharmaceutical research. We are one of six national project partners. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the MoBiTech Molecular Imaging Technology Initiative.
ALLWISS: Working ― Learning ― LIVING in knowledge work ― the capacity for innovation in a modern working world.
Human Solutions is a practising partner in the ALLWISS project. The project examines the work-learn-life balance, contributing to the balance between the demands for flexibility and the requirements for stability in knowledge work. The research results are tested by us for practicality in lifelong learning and innovation. Funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and by funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) under the funding priority program “Striking a Balance Between Flexibility and Stability in a Changing Working World.” www.allwiss.de
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