Multi-patch B-Spline Statistical Shape Models for CAD-Compatible Digital Human Modeling

TitleMulti-patch B-Spline Statistical Shape Models for CAD-Compatible Digital Human Modeling
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHuysmans, T., F. Danckaers, J. Vleugels, D. Lacko, G. De Bruyne, S. Verwulgen, and J. Sijbers
Conference NameAdvances in Human Factors in Simulation and Modeling
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Conference LocationCham
ISBN Number978-3-319-94223-0

Parametric 3D human body models are valuable tools for ergonomic product design and statistical shape modelling (SSM) is a powerful technique to build realistic body models from a database of 3D scans. Like the underlying 3D scans, body models built from SSMs are typically represented with triangle meshes. Unfortunately, triangle meshes are not well supported by CAD software where spline geometry dominates. Therefore, we propose a methodology to convert databases of pre-corresponded triangle meshes into multi-patch B-spline SSMs. An evaluation on four 3D scan databases shows that our method is able to generate accurate and water-tight models while preserving inter-subject correspondences by construction. In addition, we demonstrate that such SSMs can be used to generate design manikins which can be readily used in SolidWorks for designing well conforming product parts.

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