In recent years, under the role of policy incentives and market promotion in various countries, 3D printing technology research and development speed has been accelerated, the industry hot spots frequently. Recently, Japan's success in the manufacture of 3D printing "and beef" news has caused a sensation in the industry. Along with the rapid development of AI, VR and other new technologies, 3D printing has gradually become one of the hottest tracks in the field of science and technology, and is also regarded as a core technology to lead a new round of technological revolution and industrial change, Microsoft, HP, General Electric, Siemens, Huawei and other giants are scrambling to layout 3D printing to seize market opportunities.
With the global epidemic outbreak in 2020, the application of 3D printing in medical supplies has once again gained widespread attention in the market. According to the "Wohlers Report 2021" report, the global 3D printing market scale reached $12.758 billion in 2020, and the global 3D printing industry scale is expected to reach $117.5 billion in 2029. On the domestic side, the 3D printing market is entering a period of rapid development. 2016-2020 China's 3D printing market size from 5.38 billion yuan rapid growth to 20.3 billion yuan, a growth rate of nearly 400%. Obviously, from foreign to domestic, the market demand for 3D printing has been gradually opened to promote the development of downstream applications of the industry chain, while the innovation of upstream basic technology is bound to usher in a sea change.
3D scanning: accelerating industrial applications to give rise to economic outbreak
Overall, the 3D printing industry can be subdivided into four areas: 3D modeling and digitization services, 3D printing hardware, 3D printing materials, and 3D printing services. Among them, 3D modeling as the primary step of the entire industrial process, its modeling quality, efficiency, and cost closely affects the development of each subsequent link, and has a crucial leading role in the overall iterative progress of the industry.
From the industry chain, 3D scanner as the upstream of 3D printing, through automatic acquisition of the original 3D data information of the object, combined with software collaborative processing, 3D model rapid generation, optimization, export, storage, can accelerate the realization of 3D printing subsequent production process and downstream applications, effectively shorten the 3D printing production and manufacturing cycle, reduce production and development costs and significantly improve the quality of finished products.
The synergy of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology can create more possibilities for product applications to meet more diverse market needs. At present, 3D printing has been applied to aerospace, medical medicine, automotive, education, cultural and creative, construction, energy, military and other industry sectors. 3D printing in the industry sector presents such a wide range of applications, the needs of each field and the use of different scenarios, the requirements for equipment can not be a single argument. Among them, 3D scanner as one of the industry chain upstream 3D modeling of the basic hardware application equipment, the current market development can be described as springing up, like a fire.
The key to breaking the game: the game of performance and cost
From the scanning mode, 3D scanner is mainly divided into two types of contact and non-contact, after years of market verification, optical non-contact has become the mainstream of the current domestic and international trends. From the industry application scenario, 3D scanners are divided into industrial grade and desktop grade, both of which differ in scanning speed, accuracy, size and other product performance, but also in market price, which is very different, often making it difficult for buyers to weigh.
Compared with traditional manual modeling methods, non-contact 3D scanners are able to collect data without touching the original object, automatically capturing the geometric structure, texture, color and other information of the constructed object, and achieving more accurate modeling results in less time, making the overall process of 3D printing fast and easy. 3D scanners can play a significant positive role in promoting the 3D printing process, and its decisive factors include the scanning method, scanning accuracy, and scanning rate of 3D scanners. Undoubtedly, automated, intelligent, high-precision, cost-effective 3D scanners are the key to ensure their competitiveness and market share.
To handheld 3D scanner, for example, the current domestic industrial 3D scanner technology has been more mature, can easily meet the needs of different sizes of objects in 3D modeling, while the consumer 3D scanner in the field of product performance is relatively limited, whether the portability of the product or functionality, there is a large space for improvement in all dimensions. In terms of procurement costs, the domestic market price of industrial-grade handheld 3D scanners is generally more than hundreds of thousands of yuan, the high price of professional 3D scanners corresponding to many 3D printer manufacturers, this status quo on the large-scale popularity of three-dimensional digitalization, 3D printing application promotion process has caused a certain slowdown in the impact.
Innovation attempts: industrial-grade performance + consumer-grade price
For the above 3D scanner product performance and cost contradictions, if the market appears a 3D scanner can achieve industrial-grade scanning accuracy, and in the price of consumer products. Then, its competitive advantage and bring the value of space can make a breakthrough in the stage? Recently, the domestic 3D scanner brand "Shenzhen block easy to build technology limited company (hereinafter referred to as block easy to build)" launched a new product Magic Swift is not lost as a try.
It is reported that the Magic Swift measurement accuracy of up to 0.1mm, support handheld and turntable two working modes, product weight of only 0.8kg, lightweight and portable; the most critical thing is that the product pricing is compressed to nearly a tenth of the market price, is expected to become a cost-effective domestic professional 3D scanner in the new show.
With the continuous development of 3D printing industry, 3D scanning will also usher in a broader market space under its promotion. 2020, the global 3D scanner market size reached 19.6 billion yuan, is expected to reach 42.4 billion yuan in 2026. In the face of the growing industry, 3D scanner products are bound to continuously upgrade and optimize their own technical processes, in order to better assist midstream 3D printing equipment to achieve rapid operation, and promote the development of 3D printing in various fields of application advantages.
Whether the consumer 3D scanner can become the next explosive product is not yet known, but can be sure that the road of 3D scanner self-innovation is inevitable and necessary. The launch of this new product is also an attempt to make it have the perfect characteristics of industrial-grade precision and consumer-grade price, and bring inestimable benefits for 3D printer manufacturers. We believe that with the joint efforts of the upstream and downstream of the industry chain, the combination of 3D printing and 3D scanning applications will achieve more remarkable results in the future!