The global 3D scanner market size was valued at USD 1.6 billion in 2017. Growing adoption in automotive, healthcare, architecture and engineering, and energy sectors is expected to drive the market during the projected period. Healthcare industry is anticipated to showcase the maximum demand for high-end portable handheld scanners as they are widely used by medical specialties. Increasing adoption in healthcare and industrial manufacturing has created numerous growth opportunities for the manufacturers of portable handheld scanners.
Global 3D scanner market size, by application, 2015 - 2025 (USD Billion)
Growing adoption of 3D metrology techniques in medical and research plays an important role in ensuring that objects are designed and manufactured according to desired specifications. Accurate scanning of an object allows specialists, researchers, and doctors to dimensionally analyze different components and reverse engineering process to modify and manufacture as per set standards. Growing adoption of 3D scanners for medical 3D printing applications is also expected to fuel market growth over the forecast period. The scanners are largely employed in designing and manufacturing of components, such as electro-mechanical assemblies, catheter devices, and large equipment panels.
Segmentation by Product
• Laser Scanner
• Optical Scanner
• Structured Light Scanner
In 2017, laser scanner accounted for more than half of the market share. They find application in spaceflight, military, cultural relic, electric power, water conservancy, archaeology, architecture, aviation, shipping, manufacture, war industry, medicine, traffic, mechanism, film, and scientific research areas.
Structured light scanners segment is also anticipated to witness rapid development on account of the ability of these systems to facilitate reverse engineering and being adjustable to computer programs. Moreover, presence of multiple lenses and adaptability to perform different activities make them suitable for scanning both extremely small and large objects.
Segmentation by Range
• Short Range
• Medium Range
• Large Range
In 2017, short range accounted for more than two-fifth of the global 3D scanner market share. Growing manufacturing and industrial facilities across the globe are expected to create demand for short range 3D scanners for quality control and inspection applications. Medium range scanners enable straightforward, fast, and ultra-high accurate measurement of buildings and objects. It records complex structures, architectural facades, accident sites, and supply and production facilities. Growing number of civil engineering projects including bridges, tunnels, and roads is anticipated to augment demand for large range 3D scanners over the forecast period.
Segmentation by Application
• Aerospace & Defense
• Architecture & Engineering
• Industrial Manufacturing
In 2017, healthcare applications accounted for more than 15.0% of overall market share and is expected to witness increased demand from medical industry. is the products are largely used in dental applications such as making retainers, mouth guards, and braces.3D laser scanners are also used in aerospace industry for capturing huge data and remodeling the geometry of parts.
Measurement and inspection of complex parts with these systems help companies in the aerospace industry store and create accurate CAD data to replicate the existing parts. In engineering, architecture, and construction domains, these systems are evolving as a powerful tool for 3-dimensional modelling and analysis. They record field data and convert it into data points used in designing 3D models.
Segmentation by Region
• North America
• Asia Pacific
• Central & South America
• Middle East & Africa
North America accounted for more than 30% of global market share in 2017 and is anticipated to grow further. This growth is attributed to the high demand from industrial manufacturing and healthcare industries in the region. On the other hand, the market in Asia Pacific is fragmented in nature. Government policies such as Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in India and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) of China are expected to create potential growth opportunities for market players to expand their business in the region.
Global 3D scanner market is highly competitive where companies invest in product innovation and other business strategies to expand geographical reach. To that end, body scanning applications in healthcare and security surveillance markets are expected to gain traction. Besides, growth opportunity is also expected from other markets, such as automotive manufacturing and aerospace and defense. Some of the key companies operating in the market include Hexagon AB; CREAFORM; Artec 3D; FARO Technologies, Inc.; 3D Digital Corp.; Surphaser; Topcon Corporation; Maptek; and ShapeGrabber.
Research Support Specialist, USA