3Dcopysystems made its first steps in the American market via the fashion industry. The Austrian company showcased perspectives for customized textile production at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

The whole faculty including students experienced BIG ALICE, the company’s 3D full body scanner which was installed in the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab. Designers from international brands, models and celebrities had already have a first experience during the institute’s Annual Award Gala on June 14th.

ALICE 3D scanning systems

BIG ALICE – Actress Stephanie March with Dan Benton at the Annual FIT Awards Gala in NYC. Free of charge for media publications. C: Zach Hilty/BFA.com (3Dcopysystems)

With their ALICE 3D full body scanning systems, 3Dcopysystems digitizes people and large, organic objects within a few milliseconds and at an accuracy of 1mm or less. BIG ALICE as seen during Fashion Innovation Week – an event hosted at FIT by Michael Ferraro, Executive Director of the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab- is equipped with 64 high-resolution cameras that capture the subject – static or moving – from 64 different angles. Along with the 3D model, ALICE delivers a high-resolution texture map which is the key factor for a variety of digital 3D applications in fashion, advertising or the gaming and film industry. Additionally, 3D scan data can be used for human body measurements and 3D printing.

According to Christof Kirschner, managing director of 3Dcopysystems, the 3D scanner could bring a significant change in the way people experience the online shopping. The company also mentioned the possibility to personalize textile production but did not explain how.

BIG ALICE – Michael Ferraro at the Annual FIT Awards Gala in NYC. Free of charge for media publications. C: Zach Hilty/BFA.com (3Dcopysystems)

Partnerships with shopping centers and fashion shows are in the cards and some international US companies are willing to work with the 3D scanning specialist.

“We are proud to announce that our US business will be led by our distributor, Barton Hetrick from Looking Glass Arts,” adds Christof Kirschner.

In the meanwhile, the company is currently developing 4D scanning; a solution that will make it possible to digitize entire movements in an absolutely realistic way –a great means of studying the behaviour of fabrics as they move.

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