- Opportunity and Forecast, 2016-2025
3D scanner collects data based on shape, geometry, and appearance of real-world object or environment to construct digital three-dimensional models. It is predominantly used in entertainment industry to make video games and movies. Other common applications of this technology include orthotics & prosthetics, industrial design, reverse engineering, and quality control/inspection. 3D scanners and cameras share various traits such as cone-like field of view and collection of information from surfaces that are not obscure. Two technologies are used in 3D scanning, contact and noncontact. Technological innovation reduces risk involved in development of objects in various areas, including modular design, fabrication methods, and high-energy densities.
Various benefits such as high efficiency, affordability, and ability to generate rapid & precise results drive growth of the global 3D scanning market. In addition, advent of handheld devices and continual improvement in software and hardware used in this technology supplement the market growth. High initial cost and growth in competition are expected to restrain the growth of the market. Technological advancements and increased focus on development of low-cost scanners provide new opportunities for the market.
The global 3D scanning market is segmented based on product, range, application, and geography. On the basis of product, the market is categorized into structured light scanner, laser scanner, and optical scanner. By range, it is divided into short range, medium range, and long range. Applications covered in the study include aerospace & defense, industrial manufacturing, architecture & engineering, healthcare, and entertainment & media. Geographically, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Key players operating in the market are Ametek, Basis Software Inc., 3D Digital Corp., Topcon, Maptek, Autodesk, Direct Dimensions, Leica, and FARO Technologies. These players have implemented joint ventures, expansion, new products launches, collaborations, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, and other strategies to gain strong foothold and sustain in the industry.
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