With applications across fields such as design, healthcare, entertainment, defense, manufacturing, construction, and a continuously rising set of areas, 3D imaging technologies have been the subjects of extensive research in the past many years. Rapid progress in digital capture, record, and display technologies have led to the development of easy-to-use and 3D imaging solutions continue to revolutionize many industries and operations. In the next few years, 3D imaging solutions will have a major impact on all major industrial segments, from manufacturing to entertainment.

Transparency Market Research states that the global 3D imaging market will expand at an excellent 26.8% CAGR between 2015 and 2021. The market, which was pegged at of US$3.51 bn in 2014, will rise to US$17.99 bn by 2021 at this pace.

Applications in Healthcare Sector to be Prominent Revenue Generator

The use of 3D imaging techniques and solutions has played a prominent role in the overall development of the medical imaging industry over the past few years. The healthcare industry is presently the leading revenue generator for the global 3D imaging market and is expected to maintain its dominant stance in the global market in future years as well.

Rising prevalence of chronic ailments such as a number of cancers and cardiovascular conditions globally has led to a steep rise in the number of medical diagnostic tests undertaken as well as complex surgeries every year across the globe. In the near future as well, the numbers are expected to witness substantial rise, acting as a major propeller for the global 3D imaging market. The applications of 3D imaging in medical specialty sectors such as obstetrics, gynecology, and dentistry have also significantly increased in the past few years and are expected to drive the market further.

Applications of 3D imaging in the healthcare industry allowed the global 3D imaging market acquire revenues worth US$0.83 bn in 2014. 3D imaging in the healthcare sector is expected to expand at a favorable 26.8% CAGR over the period between 2015 and 2021.


North America to Continue Being Most Influential Regional Market

The market for 3D imaging in North America has benefitted from the early availability of most product innovations and technological advancements observed in 3D imaging in the past few years. The high level of receptiveness for effective 3D imaging technologies in the industrial, entertainment, and consumer electronics sectors have also enabled North America acquire the top spot in the global 3D imaging market. The region is also home to some of the leading vendors in the market, including Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Google Inc., Toshiba America Medical Systems, Hitachi Aloka Medical America,Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

These factors have collectively positioned North America as one of the most promising regions in terms of research and development as well as consumption of technologically advanced 3D imaging solutions. The region accounted for a dominant share of 38.72% in the overall revenues of the global market in 2014.

Nevertheless, the markets for 3D imaging in Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to emerge as tough contenders to the North America 3D imaging market over the period between 2015 and 2021. Europe, being a major producer of automobiles, defense machineries, industrial automation equipment, and healthcare equipment, will account for a 32.19% share in the global market’s revenues by 2021. This will be a slight reduction in the region’s share in the global market in 2014, which was pegged at 33.03% of the overall revenues.

Asia Pacific will emerge as the most lucrative regional territory for 3D imaging technology, rising at the fastest pace of 27.8% CAGR among key regional markets. The growth in the region will be driven by the rising demand for 3D imaging-enabled consumer electronic equipment, improving healthcare infrastructure, and the rising adoption of industry automation in the industrial sector.

Global 3D Imaging Market: Snapshot

The growing uptake of 3D technology in various spheres, especially in the field of imaging, has given the global 3D imaging market a tangible boost. Today, 3D imaging is used for purposes such as 3D modeling, 3D rendering, 3D scanning, and gesture recognition among others. The widening scope of 3D imaging in areas such as construction, medical devices, healthcare, defense, manufacturing, construction, and entertainment have opened up several new avenues for the market to generate higher revenue. Transparency Market Research states that the global 3D imaging market is likely to be worth US$17.99 bn by 2021 from US$3.51 bn in 2014. During the forecast years of 2015 and 2021 the global market is estimated to surge at a CAGR of 26.8%. 

The research report by Transparency Market Research provides a thorough understanding of the various market dynamics governing the global 3D imaging market. It evaluates the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats impacting the various segments of the global market. With primary and secondary research methodologies the publication aims to offer an exact and an accurate assessment of the trajectory of the global market. Complete with an executive summary and a competitive landscape, the research report aims to be a guiding hand to market enthusiasts and investors in the near future. 

3D imaging technologies have played a crucial role in the redefining the success of the imaging industry. Thus, 3D cameras, sonography, smartphones, and sensors are extensively being used in the healthcare and automotive industry. The ease of modeling, scanning, rendering, layout and animation, and reconstruction with the help of 3D technologies has truly augmented the global 3D imaging market in the past few years. 

On the basis of end use, the global 3D imaging market is segmented into healthcare, entertainment, industrial application, architecture and engineering, security and surveillance, and others. Of these, the healthcare segment is the leading the pack due to high adoption of 3D imaging in medical imaging industry. During the forecast period of 2015 to 2021, the healthcare segment is projected to reach a valuation of US$4.25 bn in the global 3D imaging market. Areas such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are expected to show high adoption of 3D imaging technologies in the coming years. These will be predominantly used in areas of cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, dentistry, and obstetrics among others.

On the basis of geography, the global 3D imaging market is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. Of these, North America has enjoyed the advantage of innovative technologies, availability of products, and devices. Europe has also been a key regional market. As of 2014, North America held a share of 38.72% in the global market, while the Europe 3D imaging market stood at 33.03% in the same year. 

Analysts anticipate that Asia Pacific will be instrumental to the changing dynamics of the global 3D imaging market in the near future as it is poised to progress at a CAGR of 27.8% during the forecast period. The acceptance of electronics and emergence of medical tourism industry in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific is expected to boost the region’s position in the global market. 

Some of the leading players operating in the global imaging market are Microsoft Corporation, Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Corporation, GE Healthcare, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, and Philips Healthcare.