3D Scanning Market Report

3D Scanning Market Analysis By Product (Laser Scanner, Structured Light Scanner, Optical Scanner), By Range (Short Range, Medium Range, Long Range), By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Feb, 2015
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2014
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-334-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2012-2014
  • Number of Pages: 132

3D Scanning Market Size and Trends

The global 3D scanning market size was valued at USD 3.32 billion in 2015 owing to the dynamic application portfolio of 3D scanners and the associated software. 3D scanning can be used for a variety of purposes that includes producing high-volume customized products for the healthcare industry, modernizing prevailing products, and for capturing lost designs.

North America 3D scanning market, by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

North America 3D scanning market

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, or cost, have ascended beyond the set budget limits, owing to inadequate and incorrect dimensional control procedures.

The suppliers seek to counter price volatility of market state, by entering into supply contracts for some of the raw materials and related components, with terms ranging from about one month to one year, in order to lock-in prices and to manage the risks pertaining to raw material supply shortages. In some cases, there exists a low-level vertical integration among the raw material suppliers and manufacturers.

Product Insights

The market share of structured light scanners is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of over 10.4%, thus rendering it the fastest growing segment. The 3D laser scanners segment held the largest share in 2015, generating revenue of around USD 2.26 billion.

UK 3D scanning market, by range, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

UK 3D scanning market

3D scanning and post-printing systems are a solid testimony of rapid progressions in the laser 3D scanning segment, thereby consenting users to dynamically modify their designs and construct realistic proto types in the maritime industries and architecture sector.

Range Insights

The range segment includes short range, medium range and long range 3D laser scanning operations. Short range 3D scanners dominated this segment with a market share of over 67.9% in 2015.

The key factors contributing to the large share of this segment are low cost and portable scanning device availability, and the rising awareness about various application areas such as product designing, material inspection and modeling applications of these scanners.

The medium range segment is poised to show lucrative growth with a CAGR of around 9.7%. The medium range scanners 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 they are anticipated to witness immense growth prospects.

Application Insights -  3D scanning to revolutionize healthcare industry practices

3D scanning finds wide applications in various fields including industrial manufacturing, aerospace & defense, healthcare, architecture & engineering, and other aligned application fields of 3D scanning. Amongst all, industrial manufacturing application segment held the largest market share of over 38.8% in 2015, attributed to the dynamic solicitations of 3D scanning in material processing, automotive designing and manufacturing and plant inspection applications.

3D scanning application market, 2016 & 2025 (USD Million)

3D scanning application market

Regional Insights

North America held a significant share of around 32.6% in 2015 and has become one of the most influential markets in the 3D scanning vertical. The modern-day intuitive touch-screen laser scanning models deliver high screen resolution, thereby offering vibrant graphics and enhanced user experience. The laser scanner segment contributed a major proportion of application-based 3D scanner sales globally. The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness immense growth opportunities from industrial manufacturing and architectural sectors over the forecast period.

Global 3D Scanning Market, 2015

Global 3D Scanning Market

North America is expected to emerge as one of the leading regional markets, owing to the rising R&D spending coupled with the high adoption of 3D scanning technology in the automotive sector and environmental scanning and modeling operations. The Asia Pacific region is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period.

3D scanning Market Share

Some of the major companies include Basis Software, Inc. (Surphaser 3D), Creaform, Inc., David Vision Systems GmbH, FARO Technologies, Nikon Metrology NV, Autodesk, Inc., Fuel3D Technologies Limited and Hexagon AB.

Report Scope



Base year for market estimation


Actual estimates/Historic market data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Market revenue in USD Million

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, China, Japan, Brazil.

Report coverage

Revenue, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

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Market Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis on themarket trends in each of the sub-markets from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the 3D scanning market on the basis of product, application, end-use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Laser Scanner

    • Structured Light Scanner

    • Optical Scanner

  • Range Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
    • Short range

    • Medium range

    • Long range

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
    • Industrial manufacturing

    • Aerospace & Defense

    • Healthcare

    • Architecture & Engineering

    • Other

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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