The Future of 3D Scanning is Bright!
Though in infancy, the 3D scanning market is on the rise and according to research, the market is likely to reach $5.90 billion by the end of 2022. The growing adoption of 3D scanners is the prime driver of the growth, and the technology is gaining traction in manufacturing and quality assurance. The 3D technology aims to solve the designing and manufacturing problems by merely scanning and reproducing it. The paradigm shift towards scanner is primarily because it offers lower manufacturing cost and high-quality products. The technology is anticipated to reduce the overall cost of manufacturing by a whopping 75%, which is a boon for the capital-intensive manufacturing sector. The future is bright, and every sector, whether established or at a nascent stage, is likely to benefit from the technology in the coming years.
Expectations for 3D Scanning in the Future
1) Boon for design development
3D scanning finds tremendous use at the beginning of the design phase where an object is scanned and converted to a CAD file. The 3D models improve the accuracy of the design and reduce the chances of rework. Industries can try different versions of the same design on the computer without physically building the models. 3D technology is increasing the effectiveness of working with incredibly intricate shapes and designs. It can accurately capture the physical measurement of an object. Furthermore, if the models are outdated, using the CAD software, companies can build a recent model effortlessly. It also allows for comparison between as-designed models and as-built parts, which is a boon for the manufacturing sector.
2) Ability to maximize investments
With the widespread knowledge, 3D scanners are finding great use in the field of quality control where there exists a yes/no option. However, companies can increase investment by integrating artificial intelligence and take crucial subjective decisions. In the coming years, AI with 3D scanning will be used to teach computers to make decisions based on specific criteria. Furthermore, the combination can be used for inspecting dent in airplanes, measuring impressions, which goes unnoticed by the human eye. The technology can help manufacturers decide whether the dent in the aircraft requires immediate attention or can be ignored for the time being. The use in the quality control is slowly gaining traction, and with more industries adapting to the technology, the number is likely to increase over the years.
3) Open doors of the museums
3D technology is empowering museum professionals to analyze the internal structure of the objects without causing damage to the object. It increases the learning opportunity for the customers and the professionals and opens new doors for exploration. Also, it allows the audience to download and print objects present in the museum to explore at their will. The introduction of the scanners in the museums enhances the awareness and brings crucial information one step closer to the target audience.
The usability of 3D scanning is set to increase multi-folds in the coming years, and the technology is likely to become a necessity for a majority of industries.
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