Microsoft needed to capture parts of the human body for Human factor studies. After a few successful case studies they decided to create their own scanning lab. Scanmatter x Airlift started with designing an arm scanner that would scan from hand to elbow. The unique frame design along with the instantaneous capture provided the accuracy necessary and the speed desired when dealing with large study groups.
Every aspect from fabrication to final output had to be thought through beginning with scanning. Photogrammetry was chosen over other 3D scanning techniques in order to accommodate hundreds of people in a short amount of time while still providing extremely accurate scan data. Accuracy was achieved within an impressive +/- 3 thousands of an inch for each scan.
Fabrication of the CAD model was designed in Rhino. The final assembled rig was fabricated with 80/20 for versatility should the need to modify rose to changing project specifications. Installation & training of the equipment was collaborated with the human factors lab at Microsoft.