Long Tall Sally creates 3D-printed mannequin of a customer
Long Tall Sally, the only high street clothing retailer specifically for women over 5’ 8”, has produced a realistic mannequin of an actual customer using 3D printing techniques.
The company creates clothing for women from size 8 to 22, with trousers up to a 38” inside leg and shoes from 7 to 13. Long Tall Sally identified the fact that the average mannequin is an entirely different shape and size to the average woman, and decided to launch a contest – the ‘Are You Built Tall?’ competition – to find a customer to base its own mannequins on.
Harriet Winters, 6’ and a realistically average size 14, was chosen and her precise likeness has been turned into a mannequin. The latest in 3D scanning and printing technology was used for the project, taking Winters’s exact measurements from every angle and reproducing them flawlessly.
Her body was scanned with a 3D machine, and the scan mapped to produce a mannequin blueprint which was then divided into sections and transformed into a solid figure. The fashion industry generally uses mannequins which stand at 5’ 9” with 34”-24”-34” measurements; Long Tall Sally has long had to order special 6’ mannequins, but now they have the added bonus of realistic measurements at 38”-31”-40”.
“To me, most mannequins in stores look so similar and don’t always reflect real body shapes,” Winters said. “I’m proud of my figure, and it’s really powerful to see a mannequin with the dimensions of a real woman.”
Long Tall Sally’s goal was to create a mannequin which was atypical within the fashion industry, yet typical for its customer. Since 1976, the company has created clothing specifically designed for tall women, and remains the only high street retailer committed to doing so.
“Our talented designers pay special attention to the particularly fit that taller woman need, so bringing a customer, like Harriet, to the heart of this process will be invaluable,” said Andrew Shapin, CEO of Long Tall Sally. “In an industry first, we’re not able to see what our collections will look like on a mannequin created from the exact likeness of one of our customers, which is incredibly exciting.”
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.