The fast, contact-free and highly precise shape measurement of technical objects is of key importance in the scientific- technological area as well as the area of practical measurement technology. The application areas of contact- free surface measurement extend across widely different areas, e.g., the automation of production processes, the measurement and inspection of components in microsystem technology or the fast 3D in-vivo measurement of human skin surfaces in cosmetics and medical technology. This paper describes methodological and technological possibilities as well as measurement technology applications for fast optical 3D shape measurements using micromirror-based high-velocity stripe projection. Depending on the available projector and camera facilities, it will be possible to shoot and evaluate compete 3D surface profiles within only a few milliseconds.© (2000) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.