3D Scanning Market Overview:
Global 3D scanning market is expected to garner $5.7 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 13.6% during the forecast period 2016 - 2021. 3D scanning technology helps to capture high definition details of an object. The technology optimizes the overall requirement of time, cost and efforts while regenerating an object. Hence, it is useful for generating prototypes while manufacturing new models in various industries such as automobile, defense, and consumer goods among others.
The 3D scanning market emphasizes on various types, corresponding applications, and available varieties in terms of operating ranges & services. The report covers study of 3D scanner types namely optical scanner, laser scanner, and structured light scanners. This report also discusses various scanner varieties based on operating range. The prices of certain 3D scanners are also covered in order to present comparative analysis. The market size considered in the report is the revenue earned by companies by selling 3D scanners.
Based on services, the market is categorized into reverse engineering, quality inspection, rapid prototyping, and face/body scanning. From applications perspectives, the report analyzes the market according to domain of usage; for example, building insulations. In recent future, the technology is expected to pick up pace due to series of innovative efforts and entry of various stakeholders from developing countries. The report elaborates the competitive advantages of 3D scanning over conventional alternatives.
Globally, the 3D scanning market is segmented into regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA (Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa). North America and Europe held a significant share in the global market in 2014 on account of heavy applications in industrial manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Key players profiled in the report include Faro Technologies, Inc., Creaform Inc., Direct Dimensions Inc., GOM mbH, Konica Minolta, Inc., 3D Digital Corporation, Autodesk Inc., 3D Systems, Inc., ShapeGrabber and Maptek Pty Ltd.
3D scanners are developed by using different technologies. Some of them are based on optical image sensing, where as some of them scan the objects by using laser technology. Structured light scanning is another emerging type of 3D scanning in which light strips are projected onto object and its details are captured. Optical scanners are highly sophisticated in terms of quality of scans; laser scanners are portable solutions and hence commonly found in various applications. Structured light scanners are less portable; however, capture the details of an object from multiple viewpoints simultaneously.
The scanners are basically categorized into short range, medium range and long range. Short range scanners scan the objects within the range of one meter. Medium range scanners scan the details of objects located within the range of few meters, typically up to ten meters. Long range scanners can scan the objects located within a range of 75 meters.
3D scanners in the market are commonly used to provide services such as reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, quality inspection, and body/face scanning. Reverse engineering includes the study of original model or machine to understand or enhance its components. Rapid prototyping means building of test models with the help of scanned data of original component. This prototyping is achieved by feeding the captured data to 3D printers.
The 3D scanners are used in numerous industries for several applications such as body scanning, prototyping and security surveillance among others. The services offered by 3D scanners are useful in industry applications such as entertainment & media, aerospace & defense, medical & healthcare, civil infrastructure, industrial manufacturing, and others. The other applications include educational research, pipe check solutions, and historical site protection.
North America Overview
North America is a promising region in the 3D scanning market. The growth in the region is predominantly driven by the United States. The early adoption of new technology and presence of U.S. based companies have facilitated the exploration of newer applications of the technologies. Some of the prominent companies headquartered in the U.S. include 3d Systems, Autodesk, Inc., and FARO Technologies. Merger and acquisition is a prominent strategy adopted by market players to expand product portfolio and enhance their service offerings. The market is primarily driven due to various inspection applications such as oil & gas pipeline checking, building construction planning, aerospace, healthcare, and others. Sophistication in healthcare facilities is a key factor driving the market growth.
North America 3d Scanning Market Revenue, By Applications, 2014 & 2021 % (Comparison)
Value Chain Analysis
Value chain of the 3D scanning market includes various stakeholders such as research and development entities, 3D scanning technology providers, software companies, scanner manufacturers, retailers/resellers, and final consumers. These stakeholders perform different roles in their areas of operation. The primary activities conducted by these entities are meant for direct assistance in the provisioning of 3D scanners; however, the supportive activities fuel the primary activities without interrupting the processes.
Value Chain Analysis Of 3d Scanning Market
Primary activities are explained in chain of value addition made by each stakeholder on different levels. Research and development activities are the primary factors in the development. These stakeholders are responsible for changing the conventional techniques of scanning and introducing new cost-efficient & faster techniques into the market. The new technologies introduced transform the scanning process by making them more efficient.
Manufacturers are at the second level of value chain, which craft components and accomplish higher precision and advanced resolution, while providing faster scanning process and benefit of economies. By accomplishing the above-mentioned factors, the 3D scanning market would further grow in terms of wide spread applications in various industries.
Supportive activities indirectly influence the 3D scanning market. These activities are technology adoption, capital investment, constant improvements & innovations, and branding. 3D scanner manufactures are adopting new age technologies in the delivered products in order to differentiate their products. These high-end technologies used in development of new techniques for 3D scanners add value to the industry and also influence the role of stakeholders.
- The exploratory function of the study weighs up on the current and future trend of the 3D scanning market. This function elucidates the imminent investment pockets in the market
- The report provides a quantitative analysis through 2014 - 2021, which would enable the stakeholders to capitalize on prevailing market opportunities
- Value chain analysis in the report provides a clear understanding of the roles of stakeholders involved in value chain
- Porter’s Five Forces Model and SWOT analysis of the industry illustrate the potency of the buyers and suppliers participating in the market
- The drivers and opportunities in the market have been examined to identify the current factors and upcoming applications, which impact the market growth
3D SCANNING MARKET SEGMENT
- Optical Scanner
- Laser Scanner
- Structured Light Scanner
- Short Range Scanner
- Medium Range Scanner
- Long Range Scanner
- Reverse Engineering
- Quality Inspection
- Rapid Prototyping
- Face Body Scanning
- Entertainment and Media
- Aerospace and Defense
- Medical and Healthcare
- Civil and Architecture
- Industrial Manufacturing
- North America
- Latin America, Middle East & Africa (LAMEA)