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From 3dMD’s origins in medical investigation, 3dMD has always been focused on supporting advanced research initiatives. Many innovative projects have benefited from the ability of 3dMD’s technology to produce anatomically-sound 3D images in a very short space of time with repeatable and verifiable accuracy. The fact that more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, posters and presentations have featured the use of 3dMD technology to support their research findings and conclusions is a lasting testimony.


3dMD’s system reliability over a course of many years, combined with its ability to always provide dependable 3D image precision, has enabled researchers to build large 3D databases of subjects, adding significance to their conclusions. The MEin3D initiative in London in 2013 reported useable 3D imaging rates of more than 600 labeled subjects per day. Although initially focused on face, head, and later torso initiatives, 3dMD has produced a range of custom system configurations for the capture of ears, hands, feet and legs to support academic and confidential corporate research.

Static-3dMD systems have been used to develop parametric models and training sets for a variety of industrial applications. The largest 3dMDbody System configuration is the 22 viewpoint system built for the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Perceiving Systems, in Tübingen, Germany. This 3dMD system supports a protocol session of 150 body positions, which takes no more than an hour per subject.

Temporal-3D (4D)

In 2005 3dMD introduced its temporal-3D (4D) 3dMDdynamic System series that captures an ordered sequence of 3dMD images over a period of time at rates of up to 60 Hz (3D frames per second). The availability of this sampling rate to 3dMD customers has opened up the study of dense surface deformations such as skin flow to submillimeter anatomical-precision over prolonged sessions. By studying skin surface flow it is possible for researchers to study the interaction between a human subject and an inanimate object (such as clothing or an instrument) and go even further by inferring internal physiological behaviors (e.g. skeletal or respiratory behavior) by analyzing implied 3D surface movement. Human-to-human interaction can also be quantified when tandem 3dMD systems are synchronized and employed for psychology or other types of research.

To support another requirement from the Max Planck Institute team, 3dMD developed the first temporal-3D dense surface capture system for full body providing a significant improvement over sparse traditional MoCap systems and permitting true anatomical-3D documentation of soft tissue behavior. 3dMD’s temporal-3D sequences enable researchers to examine individual 3D frames or derive optical flow and shape class deformation.

Contact 3dMD today to see how 3dMD static and 3dMDdynamic Systems can assist your research team with your anatomical investigation.