Army's New Female Body Armor to Have 3D Modeling Help
To better outfit women in combat, Army researchers will receive sophisticated tools and guidance from an NYC tech firm
New York start-up Body Labs announced today that it will soon begin work for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) as part of a two-year contract. As Body Labs explained in a press release, their team will provide “extensive data and analytics related to human body shape and movement” to the army, as well as work to develop a number of design tools to assist in the manufacturing of body armor and equipment for female soldiers.
The collaboration, spokespersons noted, has the goal of allowing NSRDEC to “produce life-saving improvements in protective combat gear and meet its mission of maximizing each warrior’s mobility, survivability, and combat effectiveness.” Among other things, Body Labs — which has its own database of tens of thousands of body scans — will analyze the Army's collected data on body shapes, and assist product designers and CAD engineers by converting this data into pose-able, fit-ready 3D body models.