The global 3D scanning market size was valued at USD 4.50 billion in 2018 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 8.4% from 2019 to 2025. It is driven by advancements in technology and increasing R&D spending. Emergence of structured light technology, against the traditional laser dot or laser line technology, is also expected to fuel the growth.
The incipient trends, such as Mixed Reality (MR), Internet of Things (IoT), and the rising conjunction between wearable devices in automotive fabrication and aerospace designing are anticipated to drive the market. The convergence of these technologies may provide enhanced interactive and immersive experiences. Increasing number of advanced wearable devices, complemented by portable and sophisticated 3D scanners, could potentially make the human-techno interaction more immersive, realistic, and adjunct with fabrication processes.
In the manufacturing sector, 3D scanning technology has emerged as a crucial component of modern-day quality control and inspection systems. Manufacturing sector experiences several challenges, wherein safety, schedule, and cost, have ascended beyond the set budget limits, owing to inadequate and incorrect dimensional control procedures.
Technological advancements in hardware and software segment in the recent past have revolutionized the designing industry significantly. Increasing user expectations to experience and feel the product in a real environment has led to the development of 3D scanning and printing devices that create a strong illusion of real-life experience and portray less retro-manufactured look. The realistic representation of the product design during fabrication makes it more lucrative for the existing vendors to appeal a large customer base through dynamic designs. Moreover, graphics and image rendering play an important role in delivering an enhanced 3D demonstration. Innovative technologies, such as 3D effects and interactive graphics, provide synchronized experience to the user.
For instance, LED is a standard lighting technology for 3D scanning, owing to their small size and low heat emissions. Additionally, increasing adoption of high-performance Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors against Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) imagers is also expected to favorably influence the market growth. CMOS sensors significantly reduce manufacturing costs, provide high frame rates at relatively high resolutions, consume less power, and require less complex electronic drive circuits. The market is also expected to benefit from the advancements in the consumer electronics industry such as powerful embedded processors and high-bandwidth USB communication channels.
Furthermore, the limitations actually occur due to the restrictions of the equipment/components used. The components necessary for the construction of a 3D scanner, such as lenses and other electronic components, need to be fault-free and reliable to ensure smooth functioning of a scanner. Several trial and errors were carried out to improve functionality of the scanning systems. All these technical improvements involve huge investments. The expenditures are done in R&D processes and high-cost components to achieve higher accuracy, precision, and reliability needs bigger amounts; ultimately making the product costlier.
On the basis of product, the market has been segmented into laser scanner, structured light scanner, optical scanner, and others. Structured light scanner is forecasted to grow significantly from 2019 to 2025. 3D laser scanner is anticipated to lead in terms of market size by 2025.
Structured light scanner utilizes a stable light source with uniform electron flow capability such as LED diodes. These products provide high-precision and speed, due to which they are exorbitantly priced and deployed in highly complex structured scanning, where accuracy in coordinate mapping gains paramount priority; for instance, in aero-designing and customary automotive parts designing. Also, 3D scanning and post-printing systems are a solid testimony of rapid progressions in laser 3D scanning segment, thereby consenting users to dynamically modify their designs and construct realistic prototypes in the maritime industries and architecture sector.
Based on component, the 3D scanning market is segmented into hardware, software, and services. In 2018, hardware segment held the largest market share, attributed to the increasing demand of components for 3D scanners coupled with technological advancements for imaging and printing applications.
Services segment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. Various services in the automotive industry for quality control and inspection of the components are anticipated to bode well for the growth. The services help manufacturers ensure the components are within specified tolerance levels which in turn is expected to boost the services segment over the forecast period.
The market has been further categorized into reverse engineering, quality control and inspection, virtual simulation, and others. In 2018, quality control and inspection accounted for the largest market share, attributed to the increasing awareness about advanced medical treatment and the need to capture large volumes of 3D data for analysis.
The reverse engineering segment is expected to register significant growth over the forecast period. Reverse engineering is gaining popularity among other applications. For instance, manufacturers that originally supplied the components sometimes discontinue their operations. In such instances it is important to reverse engineer parts and components to supply replacement and original parts for follow-on production runs which in turn is expected to boost the segment growth.
On the basis of type, the market has been segmented into desktop, tripod mounted, fixed Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) based, and portable CMM based. In 2018, fixed CMM based segment accounted for the largest market share. These 3D scanners help capture the entire object at various angles at a fixed location which in turn is driving the demand.
Whereas, portable CMM based segment is projected to present promising growth prospects throughout the forecast period. These scanners are versatile and flexible compared to fixed 3D scanners. These scanners can capture objects of various sizes in three dimension.
3D scanning finds wide application in various fields including automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, architecture and construction, and other aligned end-user fields. Automotive application held the largest market share in 2018, attributed to the dynamic solicitations of 3D scanning in material processing, automotive designing, and manufacturing, and plant inspection applications.
The healthcare segment is expected to gain prominence by 2025. This growth can be attributed to the surging incorporation of the technology in numerous healthcare applications. One such application includes the digital representation of the cross-sectional human anatomy which may assist in better analyzing and also providing better ability to produce precise results.
The range segment includes short range, medium range, and long-range 3D laser scanning operations. Short range 3D scanners held the leading market share, accredited to the low cost and portable scanning device availability, and rising awareness about various application areas such as product designing, material inspection, and modelling.
The medium range segment is poised to showcase lucrative growth from 2019 to 2025. These products operate within the range of 1 meter to 300 meters and find numerous applications in civil engineering, industrial manufacturing, architecture, heritage, and archeology sectors. Furthermore, morbidly-priced medium range scanners many a times supplement the necessity of long-range scanners, owing to which the segment is anticipated to witness immense growth.
North America held a significant market share in 2018 and has become one of the most influential markets. Rising R&D spending coupled with the high adoption of the technology in the automotive sector and environmental scanning and modeling operations is anticipated to further fuel the regional growth in near future.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness immense growth opportunities from automotive and architectural sectors over the forecast period. For instance, 3D scanning is used across several application areas such as automotive, civil surveying, architecture, urban topography, reverse engineering, dentistry, mining, quality archeology, and mechanical dimensional inspection.
3D scanning technology is increasingly being used in the automotive component fabrication, in response to the rising number of model and equipment variants in the vehicle design and development processes. For instance, the automobile companies could use 3D scanning to put across the archival equipment co-ordinate data on to the actual vehicle design models that allow the analyses of components. As a result, it would save the time and cost required for product development.
The key players offering exclusive products and supplies in the market include Nikon Metrology NV; Autodesk, Inc.; Hexagon AB; FARO Technologies; David Vision Systems GmbH; Basis Software, Inc.; Artec 3D; Fuel3D Technologies Limited; Creaform, Inc.; and GOM GmbH.
The manufacturers distribute their products primarily through direct sales channels. However, they also use independent Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs), Value Added Resellers (VARs), consultants, distributors, and system integrators to market their products. Organizations may deploy the vertical integration strategy to increase control over the cost and procurement activities.
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2019 - 2025
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D scanning market report based on product, range, type, component, application, end-user industry, and region:
Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Structured Light Scanner
Range Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Fixed CMM Based
Portable CMM Based
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Quality Control & Inspection
End-user Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Aerospace & Defense
Architecture & Construction
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Middle East and Africa
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