3D scanner analyzes a real-world environment or object and collects data on its figure and conceivably its appearance (i.e. color). The composed data is used to develop digital three-dimensional models. 3D scanning is classified under two categories, namely, non-contact 3D scanning and contact 3D scanning. Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is an example of 3D contact scanner. Time of flight and Triangulation techniques are included in the 3D non- contact scanning. The 3D scanning can be categorized on the basis of devices, applications and services, verticals and geography. These segments give a clear idea about the size, trends, evolving platforms, drivers, opportunities and restraints for the market. These segments together with analytics helps to predict the future outlook of the 3D scanning market.
The applications segment of 3D scanning consist of computer aided inspection,quality control and cultural heritage among others. The 3D scanners are used for services such as face and body scanning, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and quality inspection among others. The devices used for 3D scanning can be further classified by range and by solution. 3D scanners are available with short range, medium range and long range scanning. Other devices used in 3D scanning are optical scanners, laser scanners and structured light scanners among others. 3D scanning is widely used in entertainment and media, aerospace and defense, healthcare and medical, engineering and architecture and manufacturing industries among others.
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