How it works. Also, 1844 meets 2012: Conformateur repair with a 3D printer.
Previously, previously, previously.
That looks like it's supposed to reshape your skull, not your hat.
"The tools are fine, it's the body, the body's all wrong."
What movie is that from?
Sounds like Dead Ringers.
Three words: "cranial remoulding orthosis"; these days they're made out of thermoplastic lined with foam, and decorated with stickers.
I have had a very similar device used on me when I had my Patey hunt cap customized.
There were actually two devices. One looked a lot like this. In that top part under that metal flap looking thing you see it looks like small pins coming up? A piece of (relatively stiff, I guess) paper went in there. Then the whole thing was put down on my head with a kind of *chunk* sound. When the big slat things formed around my head the little pins went up through the paper, perforating it in a scaled-down representation of my head. (Which is weirdly a little concave on one side apparently.)
That scaled-down paper representation of my head was then fitted into a second device made of many little moving wooden blocky parts, thereby scaling it back up into a pretty accurate model of my head, including the weird concave side and everything. That model was used to shape my hunt cap to fit me exactly.
All this while the guy (English, of course) kept up a charming patter. He told me that the women who make the hats can tell who made each hat just by looking at the stitching. Guess this is the kind of service you get when you buy a $500 hat that doesn't actually protect your brain.
Duh. I just needed to RTFA, they explained it all. But yes, I have had that done.
Disappointed it only traces a circumferance of your head. Maybe not as necessary to hat-makers, but it would be cooler if it was a way to get a 3-D form. I think it would be more interesting, phrenologically speaking.
"Phrenologically speaking" is not something you hear a lot, these days.