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Development of handheld 3D scanners and technological production is expected to drive the demand for global 3D scanning market. Hardware and software product suppliers of 3D scanning companies emphasize on continuous developments in the ease-of-use and workflow. This is driving their sales and resulting in the evolution of technology which is more accessible to professional users.
3D scanning helps the archaeologists and museum professionals to set up virtual museums by facilitating demonstration of art pieces for multimedia performances and scanning for virtual museums on-site or online. Reverse production based on historical and archaeological relics and virtual restoration is expected to accelerate the adoption rate of 3D scanning products in the architecture sector. Increasing demand for media and entertainment is also anticipated to drive 3D scanning implementation. Rapid rise in 3D content along with various technological developments are encouraging the 3D scanner manufacturers to launch several new products offering high-quality video and images delivery and smartphone cameras have observed significant progression, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are upgrading their products with 3D imaging abilities.
The global 3D scanning market can be segmented on the basis of type, range, product, applications, and services. Types of 3D scanners include optimal 3D scanners, laser 3D scanners, and structured light 3D scanners. Based on range, the 3D scanning market can be categorized into long range, medium range and short range 3D scanners. Based on product the market can be divided into automated and capability maturity model (CMM), desktop and stationary, handheld, tripod mounted. Based on application, the 3D scanning market can be categorized into entertainment and media, medical and healthcare, industrial manufacturing, civil and architecture, aerospace and defense and others. Based on services, the global market can be divided into quality inspection, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and face body scanning.
Among the type of 3D scanners, the laser scanner segment dominates the global 3D scanning market. However, the market share of structured light and optical product segments are expected to increase significantly during the forecast period. 3D scanning offers speedy quality inspection in order to ensure precise specifications.
Owing to increased adoption in several applications such as reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, and quality control, the global 3D scanning market is poised for growth during the forecast period. Development of cost-effective 3D scanners and use of 3D scanners in small and medium sized enterprises is expected to provide huge opportunities to the global 3D scanning market during the forecast period.
High price of 3D scanners is one of the significant challenges hindering the growth of this market. However; this challenge is most likely to diminish in near future as manufacturers are focusing more on achieving economies of scale and introducing low cost devices in the market.
The growth of 3D scanning in Europe and North America is mainly being driven by the introduction of new technologies, cultured entertainment industry and superior healthcare services. However, Asia-pacific market is estimated to witness remarkable growth owing to the growing 3-dimensional content in media industry, increasing awareness regarding innovative medical treatments, rising income levels in emerging economies and rising gaming business in Japan and China.
New product launch has been observed as a common trend in the global 3D scanning market in the recent years. The major competitors in the global 3D scanning market include Trimble Navigation Limited, TOPCON CORPORATION, ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC., Perceptron, Inc., AMETEK.Inc., Sirona Dental Systems GmbH, Laser Measurement Systems GmbH, Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH, 3Shape A/S and Faro Technologies Inc.