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Hohenstein 4D Body-Scanning Projects Examine Clothing Restrictions on Movement

The Hohenstein Institute’s new 4D body scanner will be used in a series of research projects, with each project aimed at advancing knowledge and processes throughout the apparel industry.

One project under way called “Mobility Restrictions,” is funded by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) and is scheduled to be completed in October 2020. It will focus on body measurement changes during movement. Hohenstein said the purpose of involving its scientists in the project is to develop a standard method of analyzing how a clothing item restricts movement.

Hohenstein, based in Boennigheim, Germany, said scanning in 4D shows body shape and size for the intended customer, revealing the changes in body shape during relevant motions. It also shows both the impact of movement on the garment and the body’s impact on movement. Range of motion, particularly in sportswear and workwear, can be analyzed for improved function.

Hohenstein noted that 4D data with 3D visualization shortens or eliminates prototyping time and cost. It also creates better data for size chart creation and pattern making. Better patterns then lead to less material and product waste. Realistic size data results in better fitting garments, while improving fit, function and ergonomic comfort positively affects return rates, brand loyalty and profits.

The project by the research association Forschungskuratorium Textil, based in Berlin, was financed through the AiF within the framework of the program for promotion of cooperative industrial research (IGF) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy based on a resolution by the German Bundestag.

Hohenstein, with 1,000 employees in offices and labs around the world, offers accredited and independent textile testing, certification, research and development, as well as training. Product labels such as the Hohenstein quality label or the UV Standard 801 support manufacturers and retailers in their marketing activities.