GVR Report cover 3D Machine Vision Market Size, Share & Trends Report

3D Machine Vision Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Offering, By Application (Quality Assurance, Positioning & Guidance, Measurement, Identification), By Product, By End-use, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-986-9
  • Number of Pages: 104
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global 3D machine vision market size was valued at USD 1.13 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7% from 2020 to 2027. The increasing demand for quality inspection and automation in different industrial verticals is likely to drive the machine vision market. Additionally, the need for vision-guided robotic systems across automotive, food & beverage, pharmaceutical & chemical, and packaging segments are expected to fuel the market growth. The surge in demand for application-oriented machine vision systems is also boosting the adoption of the technology over the forecast period. 3D machine vision (MV) systems involve the ability of a computer to observe, inspect, and scrutinize the work performance by employing one or more video cameras, digital signal processing, and analog to digital conversion. Captured data is then transferred to the computer to analyze and provide the desired output.

North America 3D machine vision market size

Sensitivity and resolution are two important aspects of any MV system. Resolution is responsible for differentiating between objects whereas sensitivity is the machine’s ability to detect objects or weak impulses despite dim lights or invisible wavelengths. These systems particularly assist in supervising work environments. It offers features such as process control, robotic guidance, and automatic inspection in industrial applications. Industrial production and manufacturing activities are becoming increasingly complicated day-by-day, creating difficulties, and increasing unreliability for the human eye to keenly detect, observe, and examine production activities. The technology is witnessing high adoption in industrial operations and is significantly replacing manual inspection and measurements, owing to the increasing necessity for efficient and reliable inspection and measurements. Machine vision systems deploy smart cameras and image processing to perform measurements and inspections.

The technology is gaining considerable traction across food and packaging, automotive, pharmaceutical, and other industrial verticals owing to abilities such as improved detection of objects, enhanced analysis, monitoring tolerance, and accurate component measuring. All these factors are expected to boost the global market growth over the forecast period. However, the lack of efficient system operators due to inadequate training is a restraining factor that is likely to obstruct the smooth growth of the market.

Offering Insights

Hardware led the 3D machine vision market and accounted for more than 69% of the revenue share in 2019. Hardware components comprise several objects such as cameras, sensors, processors, frame grabbers, LED lightings, optics, and others. Cameras held the largest share in 2019, which is attributed to the increasing demand for complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) imaging sensors. This, in turn, is anticipated to result in the growth of the hardware sub-segment.

The market for software is application-specific and fragmented based on the necessity of application. The software segment is expected to witness a steady growth rate over the forecast period on account of the training and deep learning of the technology, which is fairly contributing to the overall market growth. The offering segment is anticipated to exhibit a steady growth over the estimated duration owing to the large market share of the hardware components. The hardware offering is expected to continue growing over the forecast period. In addition, the software sub-segment is also expected to contribute gradually to the overall industry growth and help strengthen the market.

Product Insights

PC-based products led the market and accounted for around 55% share of the global revenue in 2019. The segment is anticipated to continue growing and lead the market in terms of revenue over the estimated duration. However, the smart camera-based systems are projected to exhibit a robust growth rate over the forecast period. The segment is subjected to grow at the fastest CAGR of around 15.0% from 2018 to 2025. This considerable growth of the segment is attributed to the growing adoption of cameras in 3D imaging.

3D MV systems consist of numerous cameras. At times, depending upon the requirements, these cameras are mounted over the assembly lines to observe and examine products and capture data. This is leading to the greater adoption of smart cameras in these systems. Cameras are also capable of reading labels and directing products automatically without any human involvement. Minimized human intervention has led to decreased errors and increased accuracy of inspecting labels and tags. These aspects of smart cameras are influencing the adoption of technology across various industrial sectors, thereby fueling up the overall market growth.

End-use Insights

The automotive segment led the market and accounted for around 18% share of the global revenue in 2019. 3D Machine Vision in the automotive industry is extensively used for inspection purposes which include presence-absence checking, error proofing, assembly verification, and final inspection. Besides, the MV system is also used for dimensional gauging, robotic guidance, and testing automation purposes which comes under the measure, gauge, and guide applications. Therefore, the demand for mechanized imaging is significant across the automobile sector and is anticipated to continue growing steadily over the coming years.

The demand in the food and beverage industry is projected to portray the highest growth rate over the forecast period. The 3D MV systems in the food and beverage industry are prominently used in packaging and bottling operations. Followed by the food and beverage end-use industry segment, the machine vision systems are likely to witness significant growth in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals, printing and labeling, and other industry verticals which include agriculture, rubber and plastic processing, solar paneling, machinery and equipment, and security and surveillance.

Application Insights

Quality Assurance and Inspection led the market and accounted for around 52% share of the global revenue in 2019. The systems are extensively used for scanning and identifying labels, barcodes, and texts, especially in the packaging sector. This automates packaging activities, thereby saving time, avoiding human errors, and increasing efficiency. The technology is frequently used in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and packaging sectors. The adoption of technology in these sectors has resulted in reduced counterfeit products to a large extent, eventually serving the overall market to gain traction for increased adoption.

Global 3D machine vision market share

Identification using machine imaging is also used in camera surveillance, monitoring traffic, or recognizing number plates for security purposes. The identification segment is expected to expand at a rapid CAGR of 15.7% from 2020 to 2027 owing to several advantages and opportunities offered to the technology worldwide. The quality assurance and inspection segment are projected to expand at a steady CAGR of 14.4% from 2020 to 2027.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 38% in 2019 and is expected to maintain its lead over the forecast period. This growth can be accredited to the lucrative opportunities in automotive, packaging, pharmaceutical, and other industrial applications in the region. As the region is establishing itself to become a global manufacturing hub, the technology is anticipated to gain significant traction over the forecast period. China and Japan are prominent countries having the potential to offer extensive opportunities for the emerging as well as mature technologies such as machine vision. The numerous manufacturing industries are contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region’s overall economic development.

In addition to this, the expenditure and operational benefits coupled with the initiatives being undertaken by the governments of emerging countries, such as South Korea, India, Taiwan, and Singapore, are responsible for catapulting investments and encouraging different industry players to establish their production units in the Asia Pacific region. Furthermore, increasing investments are being carried out in R&D activities to improve machine vision technology and related developments, due to which prominent players are undertaking strategic initiatives such as distribution alliances, partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. As such, all these factors are expected to propel regional market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market ecosystem comprises an original equipment manufacturer, a network of component manufacturers, system integrators, resellers and distributors, and end-use. The key players operating in the market include Cognex Corporation (U.S.), Keyence Corporation (Japan), Sick AG (Germany), ISRA Vision AG (Germany), and Basler AG (Germany). Several key players are increasingly undergoing mergers and acquisitions along with the new industry entrants to expand their geographic presence and capture the escalating market potential. For instance, in June 2017, Basler AG announced the acquisition of mycable GmbH, an embedded computing consulting company. The acquisition was aimed to decrease the integration efforts of embedded vision technologies for the customers and increase its market reach in the fast-growing field of embedded vision technology. Some of the prominent players in the 3D machine vision market include:

  • Cognex Corporation

  • Keyence Corporation

  • Sick AG

  • ISRA Vision AG

  • Basler AG

3D Machine Vision Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 1.32 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 3.46 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 14.7% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Offering, product, application, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; MEA

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; Mexico; The U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Singapore; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Cognex Corporation; Keyence Corporation; Sick AG; ISRA Vision AG; Basler AG

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D machine vision market report on the basis of offering, product, application, end-use, and region:

  • Offering Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Hardware

    • Software

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • PC Based

    • Smart Camera Based

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Quality Assurance & Inspection

    • Positioning & Guidance

    • Measurement

    • Identification

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Automotive

    • Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals

    • Electronics & Semiconductor

    • Pulp & Paper

    • Printing & Labeling

    • Food & Beverage (Packaging and Bottling)

    • Glass & Metal

    • Postal & Logistics

    • Others (Agriculture, Security & Surveillance, Rubber, Plastics, Solar Paneling, Machinery, and Others)

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Singapore

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East & Africa

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