A student sits while being scanned by 3D scanning equipment.

Body Scan Lab

Body Scan Lab

We study body shape variations of individuals and global populations 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 and coursework, and consult with industry. Faculty and students are encouraged to use our scanning facilities and equipment to develop their own body fitting and creative design projects.

Our Projects

A scan of a student's inner ear.

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 the 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.

A lamp made from the scan of a cauliflower.

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.

A student uses a hand-held scanner to scan a horse's leg.

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 WiFi 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.

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 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 a.m. - 12 noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please contact Professor Roger Ball for more information.