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3-D Scanning: Technologies and Global Markets

  • May 2016
  • 177 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 2070059

Summary

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This BCC Research report measures and forecasts the market for various 3-D scanning technologies used in 3-D scanning application segments. It also evaluates the current status of the market, the changes from 2014 through 2015 and the projections for the market’s likely state in 2020.

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Measure and forecast the market for various 3-D scanning technologies used in 3-D scanning application segments.
Learn about recent technical developments and patents for 3-D scanning technologies, including laser triangulation, conoscopic holography, and structured light.
Examine the opportunities that will be created from both technological development and expanded awareness.
Analyze the opportunities for both current industry participants and new market entrants.

Highlights

The global market for three-dimensional (3-D) scanning totaled $5.1 billion in 2014 and nearly $5.9 billion in 2015. This market should total nearly $13.3 billion in 2020, rising at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.7% from 2015 to 2020.
Laser triangulation systems as a segment totaled nearly $4.7 billion in 2015 and should total nearly $10.8 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 18.2% through 2020.
Structured light technology as a segment totaled $1.2 billion in 2015 and should total nearly $2.4 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 15.2% through 2020.

BACKGROUND

Originating as little more than laboratory curiosities in the 1980s, three-dimensional (3-D) scanners have emerged and expanded into a wide variety of commercial, scientific and artistic market niches. As technology improves and awareness of the capabilities of 3-D scanners becomes more widespread, their role will continue to increase. While there are competing technologies whose development can slow this growth in certain market verticals, the immense untapped potential allowed by the relatively simple digitalization of physical objects means that market growth even in those areas will be slowed, rather than stopped or reversed.

The technologies of 3-D scanning are linked by their use of an active, but noncontact, sensing process. The term “active” in this report relates to 3-D scanner projects, specifically the means by which a 3-D scanner detects the scanned object, with the specific means being either a laser beam or a pattern of light and dark areas, depending on the technique utilized. An example of the active versus passive sensor dichotomy is illustrated as follows: the difference between active and passive sonar, where the passive sonar merely listens for a target, whereas the active sonar projects a pulse whose reflection from the target is used to localize it.

Noncontact in the context of object digitalization merely implies that no part of the 3-D scanner physically touches the object, in contrast with other techniques that use a probe to build a model of the object’s surface via touching it at a number of points.

Each of the primary 3-D scanning technologies discussed in this study comprise strengths and weaknesses that suit them to various roles. Some specific applications are strongly dominated by one approach, while others show a pattern wherein one technology is partially supplanted by another that is more inherently suited to the role but demonstrates insufficient technological maturity.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary objective of this study is to measure and forecast the market for various 3-D scanning technologies used in 3-D scanning application segments. Secondary goals include: evaluate the current status of the market, the changes from 2014 through 2015 and the projections for the market’s likely state in 2020; determine how the growth of certain 3-D scanning application segments will likely affect the overall market in different regions of the world; examine the various 3-D scanning application segments and assess their viability in other market applications; and identify and assess emerging technologies that could compete with or replace existing technologies in use for these applications.

This report contains an in-depth discussion of laser triangulation, structured light and conoscopic holography scanning technologies, as well as an overview of time-of-flight scanning.

Secondary focuses include an introduction to the critical technical concepts required to understand 3-D scanning, an analysis of patents relevant to the market and a profile of 3-D scanning manufacturers and service providers. These elements lay the conceptual foundation upon which comprehension of the core market analyses and forecasts of the report are built.

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