Global 3D Scanners Giving a Huge Blow to the Consumer Market

3D scanner is an instrument which examines the real objects and environment, to collect data based on shape, geometry, and appearance.

The collected data is then used to construct digital 3D replicas. 3D scanners are classified into two groups’ viz., non-contact scanning and contact scanning.

Let’s see what has happened earlier in the 3D Printing world.


  • Twindom launched an updated version of its popular 3D body scanner, the Twinstant Mobile. Perks of the upgrade include increased portability and faster setup time. Its new version takes one person only, and 20 minutes to set up.
  • A new 3D mobile scanning technology is introduced in the engineering library of the U.S. This new technology allows individuals to create 3D models in a digital format with an easy to use system, and simpler processes, viz., convert and, refine their files, and then print their item. To capture single color photo, high-resolution 3D scan in just a tenth of a second with unbelievable details, the system uses two 3.5 Megapixel cameras, three Xenon flashes and three LED guide lights and scanning tracker targets. The technology combines several image processing techniques to allow the acquisition of the images and compensation for the movement of the scanner. To make the 3D scanner easier to handle, a few modifications were made to the system’s rig with 3D-printed brackets made in the Makers Commons in Pattee Library.
  • A Danish naval architect, OSK-ShipTech, introduced 3D laser scanning in a market where the fastest and most accurate retrofit and conversion solutions are available. It’s scanning ranges between 150m and 1mm accuracy and can completely scan while the vessel is still in operation. Mr. Orgard, CCO of OSK – ShipTech explained that the scanner has already been used in bulb optimization projects on RoPax-vessels.
  • Print Lab has signed a strategic partnership with Shining3D to distribute the Chinese company’s Ein Scan range of 3D scanners.
  • In April 2016, BMW Group (Germany) declared 3D scanning and printing technologies to be used to aid the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, by utilizing 3D technology for designing aerodynamic and lightweight carbon fiber wheelchairs and custom 3D printed gloves for Team USA.
  • Magic Leap has acquired the 3D scanning division of Dacuda, a Zurich-based software company.
  • In September 2016, Knockout Concepts adopted a human-centric approach where in, they came up with virtual cloth changing and video game avatars.

The 3D scanners have been taking on the market by a huge blow. They provide increase efficiency when working with complex objects or environment. They consume less time while designing work. With benefits, such as, competency, affordability, and ability to generate rapid outcomes leads to increase in the range of 3D scanner industry. A report published by Progressive Market talks about its efficiency, market size, growth and the key players.

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