The Perfect Fit 3D Head Assessment

Minimal physical contact
Quick and simple
Accurate & reliable
For adults and children
Enables the best fit

Perfect Fit Capture Screen

Why Perfect Fit for Special Needs Head Protection?

Our Perfect Fit® assessment system overcomes several difficulties often encountered when assessing for fitted head protection, helmets and hats. The system gives an exact scan of the shape and size of the client’s head. This scan then produces a millimetre-perfect 3D print of the client’s head. This enables us to build a perfectly fitting head protector, which will offer maximum protection from the day it is delivered.

The Perfect Fit® system can also be used to accurately monitor a patient’s head dimensions, which healthcare professionals sometimes require to monitor swelling or abnormalities.

What are the advantages of Perfect Fit®?

A properly fitted helmet or head protector should be nice and snug all the way around your head. It should not move around, and there shouldn’t be any excessive space between the helmet and the client’s head. It should not be so tight that they can feel pressure or have any pain or pinch points.

You can easily perform a “shake test” to see how the head protection helmet fits if the client shakes their head around with the helmet on. If it moves on its own or shakes separately from the head, then the helmet is too big. You can use your hand and move the helmet to the left, right, up and down.

The skin on your head should move with the helmet without the helmet shifting on its own. This correct fit is rarely achievable without our Perfect Fit assessment system and can mean that a head protector is too tight or loose. Therefore, it is not providing the correct protection needed to prevent harm to the client.

What is involved in a Perfect Fit Assessment?

The client must wear an ultra-lightweight cap over their head with special calibration marks printed onto it. We find that once worn; the client is usually completely unaware that they are wearing it because it is so soft and lightweight. In the case of a client who has proximity issues and does not like strangers being close, a family member or a trusted carer/caregiver can usually fit the cap and place a few small calibration stickers on the client’s face, again these stickers are very small, and the client usually has no idea that they are there.

Once the calibration cap is worn and the small stickers are applied, there is no further physical contact or touching of the person being scanned. During the assessment, we will request information from the client or their caregivers as to what issues they are facing and the history the client has of injury or harm. It is important that we understand how the previous injuries were caused and if there are any patterns in their behaviour that we need to be aware of. At the end of the scanning process, we will discuss the protection offered by our different models of hats and helmets and suggest which ones would be most suitable and which options and enhancements we would recommend based on the information we have been given during the assessment.

The scanning process itself…

Using our special app, we can then scan the user and start the scan, which is “built up” with around 40 individual photos. To get the photos, we simply walk around the client, taking photos from a distance. They do not have to remain completely still. This process normally takes no longer than a few minutes. We find that the client can watch TV and use a tablet or phone. They can keep interacting with those around them as normal.

What if the user becomes agitated or upset?

In cases where the client becomes restless or gets agitated, we can break from scanning and resume later. The scan does not need to be completed in one single session. It can be resumed minutes or even days later – if needed.

What happens when the scan is completed?

Once our system tells us that it has all the data it needs, we then transfer the data to our server. It will then start working to produce a virtual wireframe model. It is at this point we check the model to ensure that the scan is correct. This normally only takes a few minutes. If any areas are not correct, we can quickly rescan them to rectify them. Once we confirm the scan has been processed without any issues, the scanning is completed, and the “sock” can be removed.

3D Printing

Once the scanning process is finished, we simply send the data to our 3D printer, where the process of making the head protection is constructed using the 3D print as a mould.

Benefits of the Perfect Fit® Assessment Service

  • Safe and reliable.
  • Quick and simple process.
  • Suitable for Adults and Children of all ages
  • Very little physical contact with the person being scanned. Especially advantageous if the person being scanned dislikes physical contact or has proximity issues.
  • Interruptible scanning – If the person being scanned becomes agitated by the process, it can be paused and resumed later. Either within a few minutes, hours or even days.
  • Up to + / – 0.5 mm accuracy.
  • Allows the head protection to be custom-built around an accurate representation of the client’s head and facial area.
  • The produced head protection will be the best fit. It is less likely to irritate the client. Reduces the chance of the client trying to remove the head protector.
  • Measurements can be saved and referred to later. Multiple scans can even be obtained over a period of time. The data can be offered to healthcare professionals to monitor swelling or problems.
  • The 3D-printed head can be used as a “stand”. To keep the head protection in good condition and safe when it is not being worn.
  • Additional head protection can be made. Using the original scan or the 3D-printed head saves time and of course, money.

To see our full range of head protection hats, helmets and caps available for multiple different conditions and reasons, please click here. 

If you are interested in obtaining a Perfect Fit assessment or have any questions regarding this unique service, please contact us.

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