3D Scanning Market Size By Range (Short Range, Medium Range, Long Range), By Product (Structured Light Scanner, Laser Scanner, Optical Scanner), By Application (Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Manufacturing, Entertainment & Media), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico), Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

Published Date: Jul 2017  |  Report ID: GMI103  |  Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Pallavi Bhardwaj

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 160   |   Base Year: 2016

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

3D Scanning Market size crossed USD 3 billion in 2016 and is predicted to grow at over 15% CAGR from 2017 to 2024.

U.S. 3D scanning market size, by application, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)

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The growing adoption of three-dimensional scanners in Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for enhancing the virtualization of objects will drive the 3D scanning market growth. These technologies help businesses to provide 3D models of products and allow customers to interact with products in real-time. The integration of these scanners in AR provides a fast, easy, and reliable way to obtain HD 3D models. Companies are adopting these technologies in headsets to achieve realistic 3D imaging of objects. In August 2019, Samsung Group, launched the Galaxy Note 10 smartphone with instant 3D scanning capabilities. The mobile includes a DepthVision camera, which uses Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D technology and allows users to scan objects for instant rendering. Similarly, in August 2015, Google unveiled its Project Tango smartphone integrated with Intel’s RealSense 3D scanner. The combination of 3D technology provides new experiences to smartphone users including depth sensing. With the increasing demand for high-quality 3D contents, the adoption of these scanners to capture assets for VR projects will be witnessed.

The increasing demand for technology in the entertainment & gaming industry is being witnessed. The technology is used to generate 3D digital models for movies, photography, and video gaming purposes. In virtual cinematography, 3D scanning is used to easily & quickly scan objects. Employees in the entertainment industry mold the required physical models and then scan them into a digital form rather than generating digital models directly on a computer. The growing demand for 3D modeling software in the entertainment industry will drive the 3D scanning market. In May 2016, Panasonic launched an innovative 3D Scanning Booth. The booth produces a 3D map of the human body by using Panasonic’s 54 cameras, LUMIX GX8, and takes images from diverse angles instantaneously.

3D Scanning Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2016
Historical Data for: 2013 to 2016 Forecast Period: 2017 to 2024
Pages: 160 Tables, Charts & Figures: 229
Geographies covered (13): U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico
Segments covered: Range, Product, Application and Region
Companies covered (14): D Digital Corp, D Systems, Autodesk Inc., Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, Creaform Inc., Direct Dimensions Inc., FARO Technologies, Inc., Hexagon AB, Leica Geosystems, Maptek, NextEngine Inc., ShapeGrabber, Topcon Corporation, Trimble

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By Product

Structured light scanners will grow at a CAGR of 17% over the coming years owing to its several benefits such as fast scan times, ease in implementing the scanning process, production of dense & accurate data, high detail levels, enhanced viewing safety, and full-field scanning of objects. They are based on the principle of detecting deformation of a pattern of light projected on the object’s surface. The system requires low-cost & off-the-shelf hardware and is widely used in archaeological applications. These lasers are tested on objects such as Dispilio clay vases, stone Zalomgon structure, and archaeological objects in Byzantine Museums of Nicosia. These scanners perform well with materials reflecting the most diffused light. With the increasing demand for these scanners, players are introducing innovative and cost-effective technology for users. For instance, in October 2018, Metron 3D announced the launch of low-cost structured light scanners to create full digital 3D models. The scanners can be used in industrial applications, Computer-Aided Inspection (CAI), 3D modeling, and reverse engineering.

By Range

North America 3D scanning market size, by range, 2016

North America 3D scanning market size, by range, 2016

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Medium-range 3D scanning market is witnessing a wide adoption in automobiles & industrial applications. These scanners capture point-to-point distances in the range of 2-150 meters by rotating 360 degrees, spinning a mirror toward the object to be scanned. The rising trend of autonomous vehicles and radar will propel the demand for scanning technology. Companies are increasingly investing in these scanners owing to its rising demand from automobile sectors. For instance, in October 2018, Lunewave Inc., a developer of antenna and radar sensor technology announced the investment of USD 5 million to develop a 3D printed lens antenna for applications in self-driving vehicles. The demand for these types of scanners is increasing, particularly from mapping assets, building or bridge construction, and real-time navigation information to increase public safety. ASTM International and National Institute of Standards Technology are proposing standards for volumetric and range performance of three-dimensional scanning systems in the medium range.

By Application

The technology is anticipated to witness high demand from architecture & engineering applications owing to the rising demand to preserve & maintain historical sites & monuments. With the increasing natural disasters and climate change, the need to protect archaeological sites is increasing. These scanners help accurately to record the details of an object with fine detailing. Such recording helps to identify any deformations/damages to sculpture/structures. Enterprises are focusing on preserving these archaeological sites and allowing users to access 3D images of these treasures. For instance, in April 2018, Google Inc., announced its partnership with CyArk, a non-profit organization located in the U.S. This partnership will allow users to access 3D scanning of the world’s historical sites. Moreover, the rising government initiatives for maintenance of historical monuments coupled with the flourishing tourism sector in European and Asian countries are expected to drive the demand for 3D scanning market for inspection & maintenance of sites.

By Region

Europe 3D scanning industry size, by country, 2024

Europe 3D scanning industry size, by country, 2024

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The European 3D scanning market is witnessing rising government focus to adopt advanced scanning technologies for reconstructing ancient artifacts and monuments in digital form. For instance, Initial Training Networks for Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH) project funded by the EU government is an approach to protect the country’s cultural heritage for future generations. 3D scanning helps to create detailed representations for the preservation of heritage structure and its surroundings. Moreover, the demand for 3D laser scanning devices is expected to grow in the coming years owing to their wide adoption in industrial plants in the region. For instance, the TogliattiKauchuk petrochemical factory in Russia is using 3D laser scanning for the industrial design of the petrochemical complexes process to produce synthetic rubbers. The technology captures data by using software and generates 3D models, which can be applied to various processes in industrial plants including inspection, quality control, reverse engineering, and virtual simulation.

Competitive Market Share

Key players operating in the 3D scanning market include FARO Technologies, Inc., Steinbichler, 3D Digital Corp., Ametek, Basis Software Inc., Hexagon AB, 3D Systems, Autodesk Inc., and Creaform. These companies are increasingly investing in the development of innovative technologies to drive their business revenue. For instance, in February 2019, 3D Systems introduced an updated version of Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS to help users streamline 3D scan data and prepare part designs for 3D printing. The new version is designed with enhanced compatibility, user interface, and improved workflow. However, high manufacturing and technological costs associated with these devices are hindering the market growth. Customers are sensitive regarding price differences in 3D technology solutions compared to conventional 2D technology. Due to limited budgets, several small & medium-sized companies are preferring 2D alternatives by compromising on the quality.

Industry Background

Growing applications have led businesses working across the ecosystem to participate in evolving innovative technologies, resulting in high growth opportunities. R&D activities are primary factors in the development of scanning technology and products. They are majorly responsible for shifting the legacy scanning and introducing innovative scanning techniques, which are helping to transform scanning procedures in the industry by making them more efficient. For instance, in 2018, Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH invested USD 720 million in R&D to develop advanced technology. Players are providing wide & diversified scanning tools and technologies based on industry demand. The technology is being highly implemented in healthcare, architecture & engineering, manufacturing, entertainment & media, and aerospace & defense sectors to quickly scan products.

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