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Rosemary Reid
12-03-1998, 01:49 AM
Dear Everyone,

I am very sorry I have taken so long to reply but here is a summary of the

The main software suggestions were Viewpoint and Materialise software. Both
of these types use files which can be translated into IGES files and
downloaded into cad package as a series of lines/polygons. However, Chris
Connor of the University of Teeside found them not as accurate as building
from CT scans.

Viewpoint, which has a large number of both external and skeletal models,
was recommended by

Terry O'Bannon (Lear Corporation, Michigan)
B.J. Fregly
Ton van den Bogert

The website is www.viewpoint.com

and they have a European office at:

Viewpoint DataLabs Europe
Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Road, Iver
Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
Tel.+44 (0) 1753 650104
Fax +44 (0) 1753 654081

and their US office is apparently in Utah (sorry all I know)
George Limbert recommended both Viewpoint and Zygote (web address:

Mark Bliek from Materialise recommended Mimics 6.0 along with complete
CT-data sets which are available through the Visible Human Project. Materialise
sell software which can take CT-data sets and convert them into IGES
entities (points, lines, splines and surfaces). Their website is at
Evaluation version for 30 days are available. Just download Mimics 6.0 and
email for passwords.

Another modelling package recommended was by TECMATH who supply RAMSIS
software, a 3-D human model for ergonomic analyses. These models consist of
an internal skeleton and external skin, connected together through
approximately 1200 skin points. Web page:

has more information about the RAMSIS software and manikin characteristics.


Casey J. Pruett 248-952-0463 voice
Manager of Human Modeling 248-952-0464 fax
TECMATH of North America, Inc. pruett@tecmath.com
1111 W. Long Lake Rd, Ste. 101
Troy, MI 48098


Rosemary Reid
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Loughborough University

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