A new 4D body scanner developed by testing services provider Hohenstein is to be used in a series of research projects designed to advance knowledge and processes throughout the apparel industry.

One such project, 'Mobility Restrictions,' will focus on body measurement changes during movement. Scheduled to complete in October 2020, the study is funded by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) and aims to develop a standard method of analysing how clothing restricts movement.

Scanning in 4D shows body shape and size, and thus reveals changes in body shape during relevant motions. It portrays both the impact of movement on the garment and the garment's impact on movement. Range of motion, particularly in sportswear and workwear, can be analysed for improved function.

4D data with 3D visualisation shortens or eliminates prototyping time and cost. It creates better data for size chart creation and pattern making which, in turn, leads to less material and product waste.

Realistic size data also leads to better-fitting garments, which affects return rates, brand loyalty and profits.

With global headquarters in Boennigheim, Germany, and offices and labs around the world, Hohenstein has offered accredited and independent textile testing, certification, research and development, as well as training, for more than 70 years.