3D Scanning System Market Analysis

Author photo: Kiran Chavan
ByKiran Chavan

3D Scanning SystemFor more than three decades, ARC has been recognized globally for our detailed market analysis and unrivaled accuracy. ARC analysts monitor the key technologies, vertical industries, and regional trends impacting the global business environment on an ongoing basis. A case in point is the market for 3D Scanning Systems.

3D Scanning System

A 3D scanner is a device that captures the physical characteristics of an object and creates a digital representation of it in three dimensions. Instead of relying on traditional methods, such as measuring or drawing, a 3D scanner uses advanced optical or laser technology to collect data points from the surface of an object. These data points are then processed to create a highly detailed and accurate digital model, allowing for further analysis, modification, or replication of the object.

3D scanners can be classified into two main categories: contact and non-contact scanners. Contact scanners require physical contact with the object being scanned and are often used for small, intricate objects or surfaces that are difficult to capture using non-contact methods. Non-contact scanners, on the other hand, utilize technologies such as laser, structured light, or photogrammetry to capture data without any direct contact with the object.

3D Scanning System Technologies

3D scanners utilize various technologies and techniques to capture the geometry and appearance of objects. While the specific workings may vary depending on the type of scanner, the fundamental principles remain similar. 

First, the 3D scanner emits a light source, such as lasers or structured light patterns, onto the object being scanned. These emitted rays or patterns interact with the object’s surface in different ways. In the case of laser scanners, they emit laser beams onto the object, and sensors measure the time it takes for the laser beam to bounce back. By calculating the distance and angles between the scanner and the object’s surface, the scanner can determine the spatial coordinates of numerous points on the object’s surface.

Structured light scanners project a pattern of light onto the object’s surface. The scanner uses one or more cameras to capture the deformation of the projected pattern caused by the object’s shape. By analyzing these deformations, the scanner can reconstruct the object’s geometry in three dimensions.

Another technique commonly used in 3D scanning is photogrammetry. This method involves taking multiple photographs of the object from different angles. Software analyzes these photographs and identifies common points in the images. By triangulating these common points, the scanner can calculate the object’s shape and dimensions.

Once the data points are captured, they are processed and converted into a digital 3D model. This involves aligning the individual data points to create a cohesive representation of the object’s surface. The software then fills in any gaps or holes in the data to ensure a complete and accurate model.

The final step involves refining the 3D model and optimizing it for further uses. This may include smoothing the surface, reducing noise or errors, and optimizing the file size for efficient storage and transfer.

3D Scanning System Segmentation

3D scanners are segmented into short-, medium-, and long-range scanner capabilities. Scan distances across these segments range from less than one meter to several kilometers. The product functions in each range segment are designed to meet specific requirements in a specific class of applications. Accordingly, each market segment has developed its own ecosystem of users, suppliers, and service providers.

In this video, ARC’s Marketing Specialist, Leena Kanickaraj, interviews Kiran Chavan, the Analyst and Author responsible for the 3D Scanning Systems Market Update 2023.

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  • Key Growth or Success Factors 

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There is a 3D Scanning Systems Selection Guide that is designed to help industrial manufacturers select the best 3D Scanning technology and supplier for their organization’s unique business requirements. 


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