A Low-Cost 3D Design Process: Exploring Alternatives to Capture, Process, and Design using 3D Data
The purpose of this exploratory project was to establish a cost-effective method to capture 3D body scan data and process the data into 3D avatars that can be used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and develop custom half-scale dress forms. Traditionally, the technology and software required to complete this process can be very cost prohibitive, often ranging from $25,000 to over $100,000. New tools which are easily accessible at low costs are now available which can be used to capture, process, and design in 3D. Structure sensor was explored to obtain 3D data. Autodesk Meshmixer was used to process the data into a 3D avatar, and Rhino, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk 3D Studio Max were explored for design and development of half-scale dress forms. These tools have the potential to reduce the cost by nearly 1/10th of the original expense.