3D Scanning Systems Selection

The focus of this selection guide is 3D scanning hardware, software, and services for laser and structured light technologies.  This evaluation and selection guide will help organizations select the best 3D scanning systems for their business requirements.


To qualify as part of this selection guide, a 3D scanning product must either generate or, in the case of software, process dense 3D point cloud data.  For this reason, tools such as laser trackers and other devices that use similar range-finding and positioning technology but do not produce dense point clouds are not included.  The guide is further 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.

Discrete industries such as automotive and aerospace utilize short-range scanners for applications including part inspection and reverse engineering.  Medium scanners are predominantly used in the engineering and business services industries for surveying and building modeling of both green and brownfield construction sites.  Long-range scanners are the smallest segment and are used in industries such as mining, oil & gas, as well as government functions, almost exclusively for aerial topographic mapping.

3D Scanning Systems Selection Strategic Issues

Manufacturing and infrastructure domains each have different market dynamics.  Users need to know the capabilities and strategies of suppliers for their particular operational needs.   Additionally, both EPCs and owner-operators need to be aware of 3D scanning market dynamics as well as relevant technologies. This guide answers key questions, such as:

  • How is new technology changing 3D scanning offerings?
  • How do users successfully implement 3D scanning technology in their operations?
  • How do technologies like laser scanning impact both greenfield and brownfield projects?
  • How to ensure a 3D scanning workflow aligns with larger business goals?
  • What are the key criteria for selecting an appropriate 3D scanning solution?

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

  • Major Trends
  • Regional Trends
  • End User Trends

Adoption Strategies

  • Factors Contributing to Adoption
  • Factors Inhibiting Adoption
  • Strategies for Successful Adoption


Partial List of Selection Criteria Topics

  • Business Goals
  • System Functions and Features
    • Architecture
    • Basic Features
    • Advanced Features
  • Service Requirements
    • Project
    • Lifecycle

Leading Supplier Analysis

  • Market Shares of the Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
  • Market Shares by Market Sector
  • Market Shares by Application Type
  • Market Shares by Hardware Type

Leading Suppliers of 3D Scanning Systems

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