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3-D Scanning: Technologies and Global Markets

Press Release   •   May 16, 2016 14:20 IST

May 16th 2016 Mumbai, India: announces a report on “ 3-D Scanning: Technologies and Global Markets ”. The term “active” in this report relates to 3-D scanner projects, specifically the means by which a 3-D scanner detects the scanned object, with the specific means being either a laser beam or a pattern of light and dark areas, depending on the technique utilized.

The global market for three-dimensional (3-D) scanning totaled $5.1 billion in 2014 and nearly $5.9 billion in 2015. This market should total nearly $13.3 billion in 2020, rising at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.7% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:

-An overview of the global markets and technologies for three-dimensional scanning

-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020

-Specific information on various 3-D technologies such as structured light modulation, laser triangulation, and conoscopic holography

-A detailed patent analysis, especially pertaining to picoprojector developments

-Details pertaining to the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers and inhibitors

-Analysis of the opportunities for both current industry participants and new entrants

-Profiles of major players in the industry



Originating as little more than laboratory curiosities in the 1980s, three-dimensional (3-D) scanners have emerged and expanded into a wide variety of commercial, scientific and artistic market niches. As technology improves and awareness of the capabilities of 3-D scanners becomes more widespread, their role will continue to increase. While there are competing technologies whose development can slow this growth in certain market verticals, the immense untapped potential allowed by the relatively simple digitalization of physical objects means that market growth even in those areas will be slowed, rather than stopped or reversed.

The technologies of 3-D scanning are linked by their use of an active, but noncontact, sensing process. The term “active” in this report relates to 3-D scanner projects, specifically the means by which a 3-D scanner detects the scanned object, with the specific means being either a laser beam or a pattern of light and dark areas, depending on the technique utilized. An example of the active versus passive sensor dichotomy is illustrated as follows: the difference between active and passive sonar, where the passive sonar merely listens for a target, whereas the active sonar projects a pulse whose reflection from the target is used to localize it. Noncontact in the context of object digitalization merely implies that no part of the 3-D scanner physically touches the object, in contrast with other techniques that use a probe to build a model of the object’s surface via touching it at a number of points.

Each of the primary 3-D scanning technologies discussed in this study comprise strengths and weaknesses that suit them to various roles. Some specific applications are strongly dominated by one approach, while others show a pattern wherein one technology is partially supplanted by another that is more inherently suited to the role but demonstrates insufficient technological maturity.


The primary objective of this study is to measure and forecast the market for various 3-D scanning technologies used in 3-D scanning application segments. Secondary goals include: evaluate the current status of the market, the changes from 2014 through 2015 and the projections for the market’s likely state in 2020; determine how the growth of certain 3-D scanning application segments will likely affect the overall market in different regions of the world; examine the various 3-D scanning application segments and assess their viability in other market applications; and identify and assess emerging technologies that could compete with or replace existing technologies in use for these applications.

This report contains an in-depth discussion of laser triangulation, structured light and conoscopic holography scanning technologies, as well as an overview of time-of-flight scanning.

Secondary focuses include an introduction to the critical technical concepts required to understand 3-D scanning, an analysis of patents relevant to the market and a profile of 3-D scanning manufacturers and service providers. These elements lay the conceptual foundation upon which comprehension of the core market analyses and forecasts of the report are built.


3-D scanning technology allows the rapid and accurate generation of a computer model from a physical object. It has market applications in nearly every industry, from manufacturing to entertainment, and rapid development of the technology is allowing simultaneous increases in performance and decreases in cost. These advances will enable 3-D scanning technologies to penetrate additional new market segments and industries, as well as to deepen their importance to the markets and industries in which the technology is already utilized.

Each of the approaches to 3-D scanning has advantages and disadvantages that suit them to particular applications, though advances in the capabilities of any given technique cause fluctuations in the borders of these dominances. Such fluctuations contain the potential to create new niches that can be exploited by aware market participants. There also exist developing technologies with the potential to challenge the role of 3-D scanners in certain applications or to augment their capabilities in others


The report is intended especially for manufacturers and distributors of 3-D scanners and related technologies. Although the report is structured around specific technologies, it is largely nontechnical in nature. That is, it is concerned less with theory and jargon than with what works, and how much of the latter the market is likely to purchase.

Through this report, It provide a better understanding of the global 3-D scanning market’s present and future market potential. It provides current information on the technologies, manufacturers, developers and users of 3-D scanning technologies. It is directed toward the various companies and institutions interested in recent technology and market developments in this growing industry. A nonexhaustive list of those who will benefit from this report includes, but is not limited to:

-Companies involved in the development, manufacturing, and sale of 3-D scanners and their components.

-Companies providing 3-D scanning and digitalization services.

-Companies that rely on 3-D scanning technology for quality control (QC) of their product lines.

-Manufacturers for which 3-D scanning can greatly improve in-line QC.

-3-D art sector companies and institutions for which 3-D scanning is an option for the digitalization of physical models, actors and other assets.

-Companies involved in rapid prototyping and reverse engineering tasks.

-Hospitals and research institutions for which 3-D scanning can be used to generate models of anatomical features for surgery or training.

-Companies with machine shops for which 3-D scanners can allow rapid comparison of in-process parts with plans.

This report also targets executive management, marketing and financial analysts, engineering firms, architects, manufacturers and distributors of other products used in 3-D scanning technologies, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and other audiences with a need to understand where the market for 3-D scanning technologies is headed in the next five years.

Others who should find the report informative include, but are not limited to 3-D scanning technology- and industry-specific organizations, market research groups and academic institutions.


The study actively employed both primary and secondary research methodologies to acquire data and generate the rigorous analysis required for it. Primary sources for information included analysis of data from and interviews with industry executives, subject matter experts, manufacturers of 3-D scanning technologies, engineers, managers, 3-D scanning technology service providers, economists, consultants, marketing groups, related 3-D scanning technology associations, manufacturing associations, academic research organizations and regulatory agencies.

Information and data for this report were collected through extensive contact with individuals and organizations active in the research, development and production of 3-D scanning technology, as well as from industrial, academic and technical literature. End users of picoprojector technology in the aerospace, manufacturing and 3-D art fields were also interviewed to obtain the buyer-side perspective on the key issues relating to this market.

Additionally, data on specific 3-D scanner capabilities and limitations were sourced from a variety of industry news sources, manufacturer and retailer websites and contacted subject matter experts. Where necessary and possible, the units for these figures have been converted to allow “apples-to-apples” comparisons, with any exceptions (and the reasons for those exceptions) noted in the text.

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