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3D Scanning Market Size By Component (Hardware, Software), By Product (Laser Scanner, Structured Light Scanner, Optical Scanner), By Range (Short, Medium, Long), By End-Use (Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Architecture & Engineering, Industrial, Entertainment & Media), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI103
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

3D Scanning Market size was estimated at around USD 4 billion in 2020 and is poised to grow at a CAGR of over 10% from 2021 to 2027. The global industry shipments are projected to exceed 250 thousand units by 2027.

3D Scanning Market Overview

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3D scanning is the technology of capturing the shape of a physical object by collecting data from the object and reproducing it as a 3D model. 3D laser scanners create point clouds of data from the object surface. The scanned data can then be stored, shared, modified, or used to create entirely new designs.

The rise in the number of infrastructure development projects globally will spur the demand for 3D scanning solutions from architects and civil engineers. Rapid urbanization in developing economies has stressed the architects to design tall buildings that can accommodate a large number of residents. There is a need to refurbish the existing residential and commercial infrastructure to suit the current requirements in highly urbanized areas. 3D scanning enables civil engineers and architects to scan and survey a large area efficiently to design a robust construction plan. The market will gain traction with the increasing adoption of these solutions by civil engineers to supervise the ongoing construction project.

In 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hampered the 3D scanning market growth due to the stringent lockdowns imposed by government organizations globally. The halts in new construction projects coupled with the temporary shutdown of industrial facilities hindered the market expansion. The restrictions imposed on international travel to curb the spread of the virus posed challenges to the overseas market shipments. However, with the resumption of industrial facilities and with the improving economic conditions globally, the industry will regain impetus in 2021. The market will witness growth with the rise in the usage of 3D scanning solutions by architects to design new COVID-19 treatment centers rapidly.

Increasing demand for laser scanners from the expanding manufacturing industry in the U.S.

The U.S. 3D laser scanning shipments will expand at a 9% growth rate till 2027 led by the favorable government initiatives in the country supporting the development of the manufacturing sector. The MEP National Network is a public-private partnership that delivers proven, comprehensive solutions to U.S. manufacturers to boost growth and develop the manufacturing sector in the country. This will support the acceptance of laser scanning solutions across the manufacturing sector. 3D scanning is used in industrial facilities to capture, visualize, analyze, share, and represent point cloud data. Laser scanners are used in industries to create precise 3D images of the environment or object. Manufacturers will use 3D scanning technology for the quality control of different surfaces and geometries, influencing the market value.

Demand for high-quality 3D scanning software solutions that enable the accurate designing and verification of products

The software segment in the 3D scanning market is predicted to attain a CAGR of 11% through 2027. A powerful software that works in collaboration with the scanners is crucial for accurate data processing and analysis of the collected data from objects. The software is used to select effective algorithms for the data to develop high precision models for use in professional applications. The software enables the user to compare the data collected from an object or environment, with the expected readings to rectify designs accordingly. Software solutions also enable Scan-to-CAD implementation to create as-built 3D data from existing models that are impossible to create by hand. The software enables to easily interpret scanned data for quality inspection in industrial facilities. The increasing penetration of automation across industries will propel the industry growth.

The developed automotive market in Germany to fuel the demand for short range 3D scanning techniques

3D Scanning Market Size

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In Germany, the 3D scanning market will showcase a growth rate of 11% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 on account of the robust automotive sector in the region adopting short range scanners for the design, inspection, and validation of small automobile parts. The presence of companies, such as BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz, strengthens the country’s automotive sector. These companies employ the latest technologies in their production facilities to ensure high product quality and accuracy. Automotive manufacturers employ short range 3D scanning solutions to design and cross-validate small components and parts in a vehicle. As automotive manufacturers increasingly focus on integrating advanced electronic systems into cars such as sensors and infotainment systems, the critical inspection of the complex system becomes more vital. The increasing demand for 3D scanning from the automotive industry for the reverse engineering of manufactured parts will impel the market progression.

The expanding and modernizing architecture & engineering sector will contribute to the market revenue

The architecture & engineering segment growth can be attributed to the high demand for 3D scanning solutions from the developing construction sector globally. Government organizations are undertaking large-scale transportation infrastructure development projects to ensure overall economic development. There is a rise in the number of residential & commercial development projects in urbanized areas. Architects use these solutions to analyze the surroundings before commencing construction work. They also use scanning tools to validate 3D models developed during the design phase. The growing popularity and adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools by architecture, engineering, and construction professionals will provide impetus to the market.

The developing industrial sector in the APAC region adopting advanced solutions for product design, validation, and inspection

Asia Pacific 3D Scanning Market

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The Asia Pacific 3D scanning market accounted for over 30% of revenue share in 2020 due to the expanding industrial sector in countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea. The developed consumer electronics market in South Korea and China will boost the usage of scanning solutions for micron-level electronics inspection. 3D scanning solutions will be used by consumer electronic equipment manufacturers for inspecting and redesigning miniaturized parts. Similarly, the robust automotive sector in Japan will also offer growth opportunities to the market. Automotive manufacturers focusing on the ADAS market will employ sophisticated scanning technologies to ensure the accuracy of the manufactured critical automotive parts.

Innovative product launches form a key strategy amongst the market players

Key participants operating in the market include 3D Systems Inc., Artec 3D, Autodesk Inc., Automated Precision Inc., Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, Creaform Inc., FARO Technologies Inc., GOM GmbH, Hexagon AB, Nikon Corporation, SHINING 3D, Topcon Corporation, and Trimble Inc. These companies are focusing on introducing differentiated software and hardware solutions by integrating advanced technologies.

The 3D scanning market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipments in units from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

Market, By Component

  • Hardware
  • Software

Market, By Product

  • Structured light scanner
  • Laser scanner
  • Optical scanner

Market, By Range

  • Short range
  • Medium range
  • Long range

Market, By Application

  • Aerospace & defense
  • Healthcare
  • Architecture & engineering
  • Industrial
  • Entertainment & media
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Taiwan
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chile
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Saloni Gankar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

3D scanning market was valued at early USD 4 billion in 2020 and will expand at more than 10% CAGR through 2027.

U.S. 3D laser scanning industry will grow at a 9% rate through 2027 driven by favorable government regulations regarding the development of manufacture sector.

3D scanning software market will grow at 11% CAGR through 2027 owing to their ability to accurately design and verify products.

APAC accounted for more than 30% of 3D scanning market revenue share and will grow with the expanding industrial sector.

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  • Published Date: Mar 2021
  • Companies covered: 23
  • Tables & Figures: 485
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 335

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