Healthcare to Emerge as Leading End-use Industry for 3D Imaging Market


3D imaging is a method of using a two-dimensional surface to render a 3D image on it, by means of creating an optical illusion of depth. Optical illusion is characterized by visually perceived images which differ from the reality. Growing demand for advanced technology across various industry verticals, such as media and entertainment, defense and automotive among others has encouraged organisations to adopt 3D imaging systems.

3D Imaging Market Analysis-

The global 3D imaging market is primarily driven by factors such as increasing demand for medical imaging and growing usage of 3D imaging in machine vision applications of industrial automation. Moreover, growing demand for 3D imaging technology in the entertainment industry is boosting the market growth. Considering these positive factors, the demand for 3D imaging is set to rise during the forecast period from 2015 – 2021.

Based on end-use products, the global market can be segmented into 3D cameras, sonography, smartphones and others. 3D cameras garnered the maximum revenue in 2014. The market for these cameras is largely driven by the proliferation of 3D camera applications in smartphones. 3D cameras have been further segmented into time of flight, stereo vision and structured light cameras. Sonography has been bifurcated into sonars and ultrasound.

On the basis of 3D image sensors, the global market has been bifurcated into CMOS sensors and CCD sensors. CMOS dominated the market in 2014 and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. The benefits associated with CMOS sensors such as low manufacturing costs, low power consumption, compact size and low power dissipation is strongly driving the adoption of these sensors across a diverse range of applications.

3D imaging market, by applications is segmented as 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D rendering, image reconstruction and layout and animation. 3D scanning was the largest contributor to the market in 2014 and accounted for a substantial share of the overall market. Increasing prominence of 3D scanning across several application areas including urban topography, mechanical dimension inspection, architecture, reverse engineering and aerospace and defense among others is primarily triggering the growth of this market.

By end-use industries, the global market has been classified into six segments, namely: entertainment, healthcare, architecture and engineering, industrial applications, security and surveillance and others. The healthcare segment acquired the largest share of the market in 2014 and is expected to impact the market positively throughout the forecast period. The widespread usage of 3D imaging in several applications areas in this sector such as ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, oncology, gynecology, dentistry, cardiology and orthopedics is helping spur gains in the global market.

Technical Analysis on 3D Imaging at:

3D imaging market has been geographically divided into four regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. North America occupied the largest share of the market in 2014 and was followed by Europe. In 2014, these two regions conjointly held more than 70% of the global market. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period. The technological advancements in the field of 3D imaging are being implemented widely across various industries in these regions and this is primarily driving the market.

Some of the major players in the market are: Infineon Technologies (Germany), Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.), Google Inc.(U.S.), Hewlett-Packard Corporation (U.S.), Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), GE Healthcare (U.K.), Konica Minolta, Inc. (Japan), STEMMER IMAGING Ltd. (Germany) and Zebra Imaging Inc. (U.S.) among others.