Next event: 3DBODY.TECH 2024, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-23 Oct. 2024

Conference topics

The technical program consist of oral presentations and live demonstrations in, but not limited to, the following technical areas:
- 3D body and 3D face scanning methods, systems and technologies
- Active 3D body scanning technologies (laser scanning, white-light scanning, Kinect)
- Passive body scanning methods (stereo photogrammetry, visual-hull)
- Portable and hand-held human body scanning and measurement devices
- Full body scanning systems for the apparel and fashion sector
- Applications in medical sciences (plastic surgery, orthotics, prosthetics, forensics, etc.)
- Foot scanning, custom footwear and orthopedics
- Digital anthropometry, anthropometric studies
- Body measurement campaigns, fitting mannequins
- Biometrics and applications in security
- Applications in sport, health and fitness
- Human body and face modeling, animation and simulation
- Applications in virtual life, games and entertainment
- 3D body scanning for arts and sculpture

Download the call for registrations: 3dbst2013 (PDF, 1.3MB).

3DBST2013 2ndcall

Please note that registration is required for all attendees and participants of the conference. Information about registration and fees is available here.

Technical program

3DBST2013 - Program Outline

The program of the conference is structured, during two full days, in an opening session and 14 technical sessions in dual track, accommodating in total 70 scientific and technical presentations.

Within the technical program, two sessions are organized by the WEAR (World Engineering Anthropometry Resource) group, focused on applications of anthropometry data for design purposes.

The parallel technical exhibition allows manufacturers of scanning equipment to present and demonstrate live their products and solutions during both days to all attendees/visitors/participants.

Breaks are planned long enough in order to increase the possibilities for building relationships and exchanging ideas between attendees, visitors, authors, participants and exhibitors.

The final program of the conference is available as PDF file: 3dbst2013_program.pdf.

3DBST2013 - Program

Opening session

Conference director's message
Dr. Nicola D'Apuzzo - Hometrica Consulting, Ascona, Switzerland

Nicola D'Apuzzo

Dr. Nicola D'Apuzzo is operating since 2004 Hometrica Consulting, a technology consulting firm specialized in 3-D surface digitization, 3-D data processing and 3-D measurement of the human body. Dr. D'Apuzzo has more than fifteen years of experience in research and development, in private firm and educational institutions, on 3-D surface digitization techniques, 3-D data processing, image processing, digital image acquisition, machine and industrial vision systems. In 2010, Dr. D'Apuzzo organized the first international conference on 3D body scanning technologies and since then he is fully dedicated to its development.

The 4th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning Technologies takes place from 19 to 20 November 2013, in Long Beach, California, USA.
The first three international conferences of 2010, 2011 and 2012 were all largely attended with over 200 participants from different countries, different technical fields and different industries. The rich technical programs of the three events included a wide variety of works related to applications, developments and research on 3D body scanning from all over the world. The conferences were accompanied by parallel exhibitions featuring live demonstrations of 3D body scanning equipment and solutions. Various manufacturers had chosen our events for presenting and announcing world premieres.
The past three events were also the occasions where births of new collaborations took place, as for example 3dmD (USA) and Max Plank Institute (Germany), TC2 (USA) and SpaceVision (Japan), UCS (Slovenia) and ElinVision (Estonia).
With this forth event of 2013, the conference confirmed again to be the most important international event for the sector of 3D body scanning technology.

3D Body Scanning, Past and Future
Dr. Kathleen M. Robinette - Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK, USA

Kathleen M. Robinette

Dr. Kathleen M. Robinette is currently Head of the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Robinette spent more than 30 years working for the Air Force Research Lab where she spearheaded the development, management, and transitioning of new technologies for incorporating human dimensionality into product engineering. Dr. Kathleen Robinette is co-founder and now president of the World Engineering Anthropometry Resource (WEAR) Association, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Paris that is developing an engineering anthropometric resource.

New technology is valued for one of two reasons: 1) it enables us to do something better or cheaper or 2) it enables us to do something we couldn't do before. Many people still value 3-D scanning for the first reason, because they think it enables us to gather 1-D measurements better, faster or cheaper. In 1996 when recruiting partners for the first whole body 3-D scanning survey we thought the 3-D scanners would automatically produce more accurate, consistent and repeatable 1-D measurements than manual measurers do. While we found that 3-D scanners can produce highly accurate, consistent and repeatable 1-D measurements for point-to-point distances, it has become clear they can't do that without an expert pre-marking measurement locations. In addition, for circumferences, such as waist circumference, hip circumference, and vertical trunk circumference, the tape measure is still superior to the 3-D scanner. However, 3-D scanners are much more valuable than just alternative 1-D measuring tools. 3-D enables us to do things we can't do with 1-D data, (the second reason why new technology is valued.) 3-D provides shape, contour, volume, location, comparative locations over time or under different conditions, (such as fitting versus not fitting) or between two people, etc. 3-D provides capability essential to: true-to-life dynamic human modeling for design, injury prediction, fit quantification, situational visualization and more. Some people might even argue that if you have 3-D you don't need 1-D, but 1-D data are easy to store, search and use for simple categorization using tools readily available to most people. Therefore the two tools each provide different capabilities and are even more useful together. In other words, 1-D can be used to make 3-D more accessible and useful to the common person.
This keynote presentation reviews the evolution of anthropometry technology, the lessons learned, the goals and aims of the research and proposes a vision of the future for the science of anthropometry that could change the way human-worn or inhabited products are designed and produced.

World & International Premieres

Size Stream (USA)
Technical Session 6 and Exhibition

Size Stream
Size Stream will present for the first time at the conference the following enhancements to the Size Stream 3D body scanner:
- 4D scanning (5 fps)
- Instant 3D Bodyscanning (0.2 seconds)
- Color Texture capture in low cost depth sensor scanner.

3dMD (USA)
Technical Sessions 1 & 6


3dMD will present two world premieres at the conference.
(1) The new dynamic 3D body scanning system with 22 viewpoints, which scans full body activity at 60Hz with sub-millimeter accuracy and markerless surface tracking. A result of the collaboration between 3dMD and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.
(2) The potential for dense dynamic 4D surface capture, illustrated with actual case studies, many of which have never been seen before publically.

VITRONIC GmbH (Germany)
Technical Session 6

Vitronic will give during a presentation the first glances on the new 3D body scanner VITUS II which will be available in 2014:
- doubled resolution (54 points/cm2)
- color texture capture
- new customized software packages.

Styku (USA)
Technical Session 13 and Exhibition

Styku will launch at the conference its revolutionary portable new body scanning and measurement solution: MeasureMe - the world's first tablet based body scanner using 3D depth sensors.

[TC]² DNA Holdings (USA)

TC2 DNA Holdings
[TC]² DNA Holdings (USA) will announce, launch, present for the first time publically new products and solutions at the conference's exhibition. More details will be unveiled at the conference.

SpaceVision (Japan)
Technical Session 6 and Exhibition

SpaceVision (Japan) will present and demonstrate at the conference and exhibition the new portable Traveling Type 3D Full Body Scanner.

4DDynamics (Belgium)
Technical Session 7

4DDynamics (Belgium) will announce and present at the conference for the first time publically the new 3D full body scanner GOTCHA ! Body Scanner based on low cost depth sensors.


The proceedings of the conference (ISBN 978-3-033-04300-8) are available as hard copy (484 pages, b/w) and/or in digital form (PDF files, color) on USB-flash drive or CD-rom (PDFs, color).
The cost of the proceedings is 150CHF. For orders, please contact the conference office.
The contents of the book can be downloaded as PDF file.

3DBST2013 Proceedings

The proceedings of past conferences are available as hard copy and/or in digital form on CD-rom or USD drive. The proceedings can be ordered and purchased by sending us per e-mail ( the filled order form: 3dbst_procorder.doc.

The books of abstracts of the conference is available as PDF file: 3dbst2013_abstractbook.pdf.

3DBST2013 - Book of Abstracts


The following institutions, universities, private companies and organizations are participating actively at the conference with presentations and/or live demonstrations.
Note: preliminary list based on submitted abstracts, updated continously.

Hometrica Consulting

Size Stream

4D Dynamics

The University of Texas
at Austin (USA)



Human Solutions N.A. (USA)


University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA)

Wayne State University (USA)

DFKI - Kaiserslautern University (Germany)

University of Missouri (USA)

(The Netherlands)

Ministry of Defence
(The Netherlands)

VU University
(The Netherlands)

Sizing Science
(The Netherlands)

Iowa State University (USA)

Donghua University

University of Alberta (Canada)

Ministry of Education (China)

ITM TU Dresden

University of Southern California (USA)

Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)

Chonnam National University (Korea)



Oklahoma State University (USA)

KU Leuven


University of South Australia

Virtopsy - University of Zurich (Switzerland)

Integrated Microsystems Austria



Sheffield Hallam University (UK)

Derby Hospitals

Robert Gordon University (UK)

Oxylane Research


University of Houston (USA)

MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA)

Cornell University

Zhejiang University

SHARP Dummies

RIM Services

Central Queensland University (Australia)

Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


Kyoto Women's University (Japan)

Metria Digital

University of Oviedo

Soluciones Antropo Métricas (Spain)

Intelmec Ingeniería

Saarland University

Max-Planck Institute (Germany)

Tianjin University

Inst. de Biomecánica de Valencia (Spain)

National Insitute of Technology (Brazil)

TU Delft
(The Netherlands)

Univ. of Newcastle (Australia)



Erasmus Medical Centre (The Netherlands)


(South Africa)

Novaptus Systems

The Hague Plastic Surgery Center (USA)

Sentara Weight Loss Solutions (USA)

University of Bristol (UK)

Holt Consulting


Beyond Clothing

Dimensional Imaging

Body Aspect

Roebuck Research and Consulting (USA)

Université de Reims

Body Labs

Ivanovo State Polytechnic University (Russia)

Manchester Metrop. University (UK)

University of Surrey (UK)

XD Productions

Tallin University of Technology (Estonia)



TechMed 3D


[TC]² DNA Holdings (USA)

Philadelphia University (USA)

Amsterdam Univ. of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)

Keio University

Jissen Women's University (Japan)

University of Wolverhampton (UK)


Eastern Virginia Medical School (USA)



Exo Ligament
(The Netherlands)

incognito ballistic

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (SAR of China)


Supporters and Partners

The following oragnizations and companies are supporting or are partners of the conference.
Note: preliminary list.

WEAR     Interaction Design Foundation
The World Engineering Anthropometry Resource (WEAR) is a group of interested experts involved in the application of anthropometry data for design purposes. The members and partners are from around the globe. WEAR is a non-profit organization registered in Europe.     The primary goals of Interaction Design Foundation are to publish free educational materials for industry, academia, individual technology designers and to enhance the design, function, usability of technology by helping to educate product designers.

CARS 2013
27th International Congress and Exhibition on Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. CARS 2013 take place from 26th to 29th June 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany.    
4th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D BODY SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES, Long Beach CA, USA, 19-20 November 2013