The Body Scan Lab

Custom Wearables: A half scale head and shoulder model is printed to design a next generation custom wearable.

Who we are

We study the body shape variations of individuals and global populations in order to create better fitting products that improve the quality of human life. Our research focuses on creating design tools for the human body using high resolution 3D scanning, free-form CAD software and digital manufacturing methods. We create original research, develop curriculum & coursework and consult with industry. Faculty & students are encouraged to use our scanning facilities and equipment for developing their own body fitting and creative design projects.

Scanning Technology

Why scan a Human?

Project by Elvin Chu

Every person is different, yet most of the products we buy come in only a few sizes. We have to fit into the products -- but imagine if the product could fit you? High resolution scanning allows us to create these new types of products for people.

With this awesome technology we can see into areas of the human body that were previously hidden from us (like your inner ear canal.) Now we can create custom fits, matching exact nose and face shapes. Wearing glasses will never be the same again.

Elvin Chu the 2016 IDSA Student Award winner shows you how to do it with his stunning new design for optics Project Edge.

Why scan a vegetable?

Project by Chiara Ruiu

The intricate, natural shapes of a cauliflower or a sea anemone can inspire beautiful objects for our everyday lives. Using Free form CAD software and 3D printing can take a simple cauliflower and create a gorgeous new light for your favorite sushi bar or boutique hotel.

Chiara Ruiu, a varsity swimmer, knows she needs to eat her vegetables and now she knows how to incorporate vegetables into her designs. Her fantastic new lighting collection Mon Chou will change the way you think about cauliflower.

Why scan a horse?

Project by Josh Dycus and Rachel LeRoy

Horses are people too. Except they can’t tell us when they're tired or sore from exercise. What if you could use sensors developed for humans that measure fatigue and overexertion and apply those to our equine friends? All you would need is the horse's leg shape, but how can you capture that?

We figured that part out: Take a handheld scanner, set up a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot at the nearest stable, email that 3D data back to the CNC lathe in the GT woodshop and you are in business. See how Josh Dycus and Rachel LeRoy helped a horse.

Our projects

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Collaborate with us!

The Body Scan Lab is an open lab located in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech that encourages collaborations with universities, industry, and researchers. We are actively seeking funding and sponsored research projects with the goal of creating digital design tools that our increase our knowledge of the physical diversity of the human race.

We are located in room 150 in the East building of the College of Design. Lab hours are 9-12 Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Please contact Professor Roger Ball at roger.ball@coa.gatech.edu.