3D scanners are devices that capture the various details of a real-world object. Details include properties, such as dimensions, texture, and color, which can then be used to reproduce 3D models. Even though 3D scanners have not penetrated much into residential and private settings as of today, these devices are majorly used in industries such as entertainment and media, for the production of video games and movies. Other industrial areas, where these devices are found to be of great use are architecture, construction, aerospace, healthcare, and automotive, among others.
When it comes to innovations that have changed the world, 3D scanners should be listed among the top. With the growing number of applications, this market is set to witness rapid growth. Even though it has gained only a little attention from commercial applications, 3D scanners can be customized to meet professional needs in various industries. For instance, in the medical industry, 3D scanners can be used to model body parts in three-dimensions, which can then be used to create prosthetics. It can also be used to facilitate various wound healing and care and to create breast implants. In construction the industry, 3D scanners can be used to create a scaled 3D structure of a building, and in architectural industry these devices help in preserving and archiving historical monuments from museums. Because of the customizable and scalable nature of this technology, new applications are emerging across every industry.
The United States is the Fastest Growing 3D Scanner Market
The aerospace industry of the United States is huge and it exports more than 60% of all aerospace production. Many foreign firms are attracted to the US aerospace market as it is the largest in the world, employing skilled and hospitable workforce, offering diverse offerings, and boasting of extensive distribution systems. According to the US Department of Commerce, the US aerospace industry has contributed to about USD 118.5 billion to the US economy in the form of export sales. It is estimated that for the next 20 years, the number of large commercial planes will grow at a rate of 3.5% per year to reach a total of 34,000 units, valued at USD 4.5 trillion. Also, the defense market in the United States is huge. The military budget of the United States is the highest in the world crossing USD 500 billion, much more than any other country. This drives the demand for the latest technologies such as 3D scanning in order to ramp up the production processes, while ensuring quality. This is driving the market in this region.
Even the healthcare industry in the United States is extremely advanced. The healthcare expenditure of the United States, as a percentage of GDP, is higher than any other country. 3D scanners can be used in healthcare in developing 3D models for human body parts, which can then be used for producing prosthetics. They also help in generating 3D images of wounds to allow objective measurement for accurate wound assessment, in turn, driving the market.
The entertainment and media industry of the United States is also the largest and the most advanced than any other country, and it represents about a third of the global industry. Especially, 3D animation production in the country, which houses the world’s best animation studios, such as Disney and Pixar; these erupted as the fastest growing phenomenon in the entertainment industry. When a real-world equivalent of a model exists, it is much faster to scan that object instead of modelling it using software. Therefore, this is another factor driving the market for 3D scanners in this region.
Aerospace and Defense is the Fastest Growing End-User
3D scanning technology is critical for delivering accuracy, which is vital in almost every aspect of aerospace manufacturing and aircraft assembly. 3D scanners provide dimensional quality control of small and large aircraft parts, both on-site and at the point of manufacture, in order to deliver ultra-precise, ultra-accurate and ultra-resolution results.
Defense budgets in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, several Middle Eastern countries, and other nations are increasing at a time when national security threats are being heightened, with governments equipping their armed forces with next-generation technologies. Moreover, the commercial aerospace subsector is expected to continue its decade-long trend of above-average growth rates, driven by growth in passenger travel demand and an accelerated equipment replacement cycle.
When building and developing complex and technologically advanced military & defense systems, manufacturers rely on measurement accuracy and speed. 3D scanners help in building military weapons and vehicles such as frigates, fighter aircrafts and tanks, and it handle tasks such as retrofitting components and systems. Thus, in addition to comply with strict industrial standards while manufacturing, the need to control quality, costs, and traceability within the product lifecycle (PLC), is driving the adoption of 3D scanning technology in aerospace and defense.
Key Developments in the Market
- February 2018 - FARO introduced the next generation FARO Design, ScanArm 2.0, to address the most demanding challenges and requirements faced by product design and product engineering professionals and delivers up to 25% improved system accuracy.
- October 2017 - Creaform launched surface damage analysis software, SMARTDENT 3D, to provide cost-effective and time-saving solution for airlines.
- July 2017 - GOM released new software with new and advanced features for 3D metrology, virtual measuring room (VMR), and 3D testing.
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1.1 Scope of the Study
1.2 Executive Summary
2. Research Approach and Methodology
2.1 Key Deliverables of the Study
2.2 Study Assumptions
2.3 Analysis Methodology
2.4 Research Phases
3. Market Insights
3.1 Market Overview
3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
3.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Market Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Demand for 3D Printers
4.1.2 Increasing Pressure on Manufacturers for Faster Production Cycles
4.1.3 Technological Innovation
4.1.4 Infrastructure Industry Growth
4.2 Market Restraints
4.2.1 High Price of 3D Scanners
4.2.2 Rise in Non-3D Businesses
5. Global 3D Scanning Market Segmentation
5.1 By Type
184.108.40.206 Optical Scanners
220.127.116.11 Structured Light Scanners
18.104.22.168 Laser Scanners
5.2 By Range
5.2.1 Short Range
5.2.2 Medium Range
5.2.3 Long Range
5.3 By Application
5.3.1 Reverse Engineering
5.3.2 Rapid Prototyping
5.3.3 Quality Control/Inspection
5.3.4 Face and Body Scanning
5.3.5 Digital Modeling
5.4 By End-User Vertical
5.4.1 Aerospace and Defense
5.4.5 Entertainment and Media
5.4.6 Architecture and Construction
5.5 By Region
5.5.1 North America
22.214.171.124 United States
126.96.36.199 United Kingdom
188.8.131.52 Rest of the Europe
184.108.40.206 Rest of the Asia-Pacific
5.5.4 Rest of the World
6. Competitive Intelligence - Company Profiles
6.1 3D Systems Corporation
6.2 Direct Dimensions Inc.
6.5 Faro Technologies Inc.
6.6 Topcon Corporation
6.7 Maptek Pty Ltd
6.8 Autodesk, Inc.
6.9 3D Digital Corporation
6.10 Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
6.11 ShapeGrabber Inc.
6.12 Leica Geosystems
6.13 Trimble Navigation Ltd
*List is not Exhaustive
7. Investment Analysis
8. Outlook of 3D Scanning Market
- 3D Digital Corporation
- 3D Systems Corporation
- Autodesk, Inc.
- Direct Dimensions Inc.
- Faro Technologies Inc.
- Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
- Leica Geosystems
- Maptek Pty Ltd
- ShapeGrabber Inc.
- Topcon Corporation
- Trimble Navigation Ltd