The 3D scanning market is estimated to grow at a substantial rate on the back of robust demand for 3D scanning solutions in the aerospace & defense sector for the correct measurement of components and parts. Since the sector complies with strict regulations related to the measurement of parts, authorities use 3D scanning solutions to scan assembled aircraft and its components.
3D scanning software allows for the accurate formation of a 4D image based on the data collected by scanners. The software can be utilized for the scan to BIM and scan to CAD models in the architecture industry.
Long-range scanners are being widely used in the construction sector as they allow scanning of large outdoor environments. Civil engineers use these scanners to measure large areas before starting the construction process. Additionally, there is a rising demand for structured light scanners owing to their ability to scan large objects at high speeds. These scanners provide highly accurate readings that can be analyzed using software to enable the restructuring or recreation of archaeological products.
Given several applications, companies in the 3D scanning market are developing new products. For instance, in 2020, Hexagon announced the launch of its new software plugin which allows full operation of structured light scanners from within a dedicated PolyWorks interface. With such innovations, Global Market Insights, Inc., reports that the 3D scanning market may register around USD 7.5 billion by 2027.
Mentioned below are some of the vital trends driving 3D scanning market expansion:
High demand for optical scanners
Optical scanners are witnessing rising demand as they are able to perform repeatable and highly precise 3D geometrical surface inspections and metrology-grade measurements. These scanners are widely used in reverse engineering applications, especially in the automobile industry. With 3D optical scanners, a highly accurate representation of the 3D printed part is obtained, which makes it an important tool in the manufacturing sector.
Multiple applications in the entertainment & media sector
In the entertainment & media industry, 3D scanning technology can be used to scan people for creating images for an animated movie. It can be used to virtually create an environment by scanning the actual geographic location. Entertainment design firms can make costumes, sets, and props. This technology decreases the cost of 3D movie production and game development, effectively transforming the innovative imagination into reality. Media & entertainment companies are likely to increasingly adopt 3D scanning software to reproduce real-world characters and objects and to construct virtual scenes.
Infrastructure development projects in MEA
The Middle East & Africa is witnessing an expanding construction sector. The growing tourism industry has led to the construction of new commercial complexes and shopping centers. Government organizations in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia are emphasizing modernizing and strengthening the infrastructure to ensure economic development. They are also undertaking large-scale transportation infrastructure development projects to maintain global economic competition. Moreover, new airport development projects could propel the regional 3D scanning business.