3D Metrology Industry Expansion Driven By The Increasing Usage Of 3D Metrology Tools

Published Date : 25 Apr 2023

The global 3D metrology industry size will gain around USD 22.36 billion by 2032 from valued at USD 11.84 billion in 2022, it is growing at a remarkable CAGR of 6.65% throughout the projection period 2023 to 2032.

The primary factor driving the expansion of the 3D metrology industry is the increasing usage of 3D metrology tools by a variety of sectors, including heavy machinery, aircraft, automotive, building and engineering, and energy and power.

Market Growth:

The scientific study of tangible data is known as 3D metrology. Precision measuring of tools supports, and machined components are included in the production setting. By gathering geometric surface points of an item, it is used to measure length, distance, and height (three axes: x, y, and z), yielding vastly more information than traditional measurement techniques. While coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are frequently used to obtain these measurements, new developments in optical sensor technologies are enabling the development of 3D metrology methods that are independent of CMMs.

By creating a complete 3D model of the component being measured, 3D metrology can show a color depiction of where the tolerances are out of specification about the part's nominal measurements. To better each succeeding component and keep the highest standards of accuracy, this knowledge can then be fed back into the production of new parts.

Regional Snapshot:

Virtual reality, retractable engineering, product design, quality control, testing, and other business procedures have all embraced 3D metrology. The Asia-Pacific region's industrial development and good economic circumstances have helped the 3D metrology industry expand fully in recent years. The 3-Dimensional metrology software industry is expected to grow as production methods become more precise and difficult, and China is already home to several manufacturing services for foreign and domestic businesses.

North America was the biggest revenue contributor in the global 3D metrology industry. Due to the participation of numerous automakers, including General Motors and Ford Motors, as well as research institutions and large chip firms, the demand for 3-Dimensional metrology devices has grown.

3D Metrology Industry Report Scope:

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022 USD 11.84 Billion
Projected Forecast Value in 2032 USD 22.36 Billion
Growth Rate 6.65% from 2023 to 2032
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Market Dynamics:

Drivers: Cheaper than CMM and In-process inspection

Parts must keep ever-tighter tolerances as engineering is driven to its boundaries and technology becomes more complicated. As a result of the limited margin for mistakes created by these standards, process reliability is given more weight. Because they are too slow and don't produce a full image of the complex components used in contemporary manufacturing, traditional measurement instruments like CMMs are simply insufficient.  Due to this, the industry share of current CMM technologies has been gradually declining as a result of 3D measurement.

In most cases, a 3D metrology device can measure similar-sized components more affordably than a CMM. Additionally, a variety of 3D measurement devices are available to fit any metrology budget. When compared to a CMM, 3D metrology methods can produce millions more data points, giving a more comprehensive image of the part's proportions across all areas. Parts can be evaluated while being produced thanks to the nature of 3D measurement.

Restraints: The pricey setup of 3D measurement tools

Setting up a 3D metrology center necessitates a sizeable financial commitment from SMEs and includes spending money on measuring tools, installation, and upkeep. Companies typically opt to set up their 3D metrology services or collaborate with outside parties to help incorporate metrology into their product development and production processes. Businesses find it difficult to achieve the desired return on investment when establishing a complete 3D metrology section, and it is also a time-consuming and difficult job.

Opportunities: Technologies for 3D imaging are driving the industry

To create and evaluate digital 3D models with high-density point clouds or triangle meshes, various kinds of equipment gather 3D data on real items, including their shapes, sizes, and colors. The scan data is then cleaned up using computer software to fill in gaps, fix mistakes, and enhance the general quality of the data. For 3D CAD modeling, it is saved as an STL file or transformed to NURBS. These 3D models can then be printed out in the real world, used for reverse engineering or quality control, stored for future digital references, added to technical paperwork, and much more.

Product Insights:

The Optical Digitizer and Scanner (ODS), Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System, and Video Measuring Machine are the four categories under which the hardware sector of the 3D metrology industry is divided. (VMM). Among the many applications for optical digitizers and scanners (ODS) in the metrology sector are surface analysis, gas turbine blade inspection, automotive component inspection, automotive design and styling, engine components, pilot plant metrology, and aircraft component inspection.

Component Insights:

The industry for 3D measurement has been further divided into hardware, software, and services based on components. Large part measurements at customer sites are managed by service suppliers. Additionally, they provide testing services, training, equipment rentals, tool design, automation, and measurement equipment system integration. The program makes it possible to gather and analyze all available data from different sources. As a result, it offers thorough and self-explanatory textual and graphical reports that are used to pinpoint output patterns and assess in-the-moment deviations.

Application Insights:

Reverse engineering, virtual modeling, 3D scanning, and quality control and inspection comprise the services sector of the 3D metrology industry. The implementation of the metrology system has also changed due to the rise in demand for intelligent reverse engineering solutions using CAD models or by comparing CAD prototypes, primarily in the car industry.

End-User Insights:

The industry for 3D metrology is divided into segments for aircraft, automobile, medical, building and engineering, heavy equipment, and others based on end-use. Electronics, power production, and car sectors all require components with high accuracy and low tolerance limits. Over the next ten years, the demand for 3D metrology systems is expected to increase due to the rise in premium car and fuel-efficient transportation demand, particularly in developing countries.

Recent Development:

  • In October 2021, a new upgraded version of its specialized software plug-in for the potent third-party inspection software platform PolyWorks was just released, according to Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence branch.
  • In August 2021, on display at EMO Milano 2021, Renishaw's MODUS measurement software featured the most recent advancements. (hall 5, stand C14). Renishaw's REVO 5-axis multi-sensor measurement system for CMMs, which is at the forefront of high-performance industrial inspection software, performs best on this platform. With a single CMM and the speed, precision, and versatility of a 5-axis system, the flagship REVO system provides 6 interchangeable sensors.
  • In June 2021, the purchase of HoloBuilder, Inc. by FARO Technologies, Inc. (US). FARO now has access to HoloBuilder's industry-leading photogrammetry-based 3D technology, which offers hardware-independent picture capture, registration, and viewing for the rapidly expanding digital twin industry.

Major Key Players:

  • FARO
  • Metrological Media Innovations B.V.
  • Hexagon
  • Automated Precision, Inc.
  • Nikon Corporation
  • InnovMetric Software Inc.
  • KLA Corporation
  • Artec Europe.
  • Carl Zeiss AG
  • Shining3D
  • Intertek Group plc
  • Renishaw plc.
  • Bruker
  • Mitutoyo South Asia Pvt. Ltd.
  • CyberOptics
  • Baker Hughes Company
  • Trimble Inc.
  • 3D Systems, Inc.
  • SGS SA
  • Perceptron, Inc.

Market Segmentation:

By Product

  • 3D Automated Optical Inspection System Coordinate
  • Video Measuring Machine
  • Coordinate Measuring Machine
  • Optical Digitizer and Scanner
  • Others (CT System, 3D X-ray)

By Component

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

By Application

  • Quality Control & Inspection
  • Virtual Simulation
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Others

By End User

  • Semiconductors & Electronics 
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Industrial
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Others

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