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A Point-Structured Geometric Modeling Approach to Foot Shape Representation

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Ming J. Tsai, Hung W. Lee, Hsueh Y. Lung

National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Paper No. DETC2012-70603, pp. 761-770; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 32nd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4501-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A compact representation for the quantitative description of foot shape is important not only for the foot measurement and anthropometry, but also for the ergonomic design of footwear. Based on foot scanned data, a novel point-structured geometric modeling approach to the reduction of 3D point cloud and the preservation of shape information is proposed. The semantic descriptions of foot features are interpreted into logical definitions. A total of fifteen feature points are thus defined. Finally, there are only a total of 2,093 data points needed in such a point-structured representation. Based on it, it is easy to fetch not only the 1D and 2D measurements, but also the 3D feature curves of the foot shape. It can provide a compact 3D geometric model to serve as a significant database for the individuals and, thereby, becomes a useful tool in investigating the foot and manufacturing the foot related apparel and devices.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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